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Get a New Heart

Ezekiel 18:31a

Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.

Life ChangeOnce – when I was preaching a sermon series on forgiveness – during the first sermon in the series – someone ask – during the sermon – if I could preach of forgiving ourselves. I hope that I touched on that in that series. I think I will repeat that series sometime soon. Today’s passage from Ezekiel spoke to my heart about forgiveness. I want to share it today for our devotional thought.

We have said a number of times – in sermons and in teachings – that the heart is very important as we walk out our faith in Christ.  Christianity boils down to attitude is now a common phrase many of us know. The position and condition of our heart is very important – so I like the simplicity of today’s passage – Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.

Other scriptures speak this truth to us as well. We’re told that when we come to Christ we will be given a new heart – we will be a new creation. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

We’re told that if we want to know God’s will for our lives we are to turn our hearts and minds over to Godly thoughts. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

I’ve used the example of a glass half filled with water and half filled with air. If the air represents sin – the water might represent the things of God – and the glass represents our lives or heart. The question that comes up is how do we get rid of the sin in our lives or heart? The easy answer is to put more water (God) into our glass (lives or heart) and the air (sin) will be forced out. It IS that simple my friends. Some try to make it so difficult and give us so many hoops to jump through to get rid of sin. We simply need to realize/confess that we have sin in our lives and ask God to come in to our heart/lives. If we simply spend more time with God – doing godly things – we will sin less and rid ourselves of all the offenses we have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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April 1, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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