SATURDAY 19th JANUARY, 2019
THEME: BE RENEWED
PASSAGE: EZEKIEL 36:25-30
25. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them. 28. And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God. 29. I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. 30. And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen
A snake is said to remove its skin when it is old and a new skin emerges as a renewed snake. Also the eagle sheds the old feathers and takes up new ones. This is why it has more strength than other birds, even the old vultures! This is in conformity with the scripture that says “Therefore we do not lose heart, though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2Cor 4: 16).
According to God’s promise to the Israelites, He will sprinkle clean water on them so that they may be cleansed from their impurities and idols (Ezek.36: 25). Water figuratively means the Word of God. Having been soaked in the Word, the scripture will again be fulfilled in the saying” Do not lie to each other since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self which is being renewed in knowledge of the image of the Creator” (Col 3:9-10). This is true conversion and restoration.
The obedience that was not possible with a heart of stone will be made possible with the help of God’s indwelling Spirit (Ezek 36:27). A circumcised heart can only be renewed. The Lord is reminding us of what our divine responsibility is during our annual Covenant service and daily duty like Paul who says “I die every day – I mean that, brothers, just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Our renewal in Christ should be on daily basis as Satan is always around looking out for those he would hold in bondage and devour. Don’t allow the Antichrist to take you away from the Almighty God. Be renewed.
HYMN: EMHB 387
1: My God! I know, I feel thee mine,
And will not quit my claim,
Till all I have is lost in thine
And all renewed I am.
2: hold thee with a trembling hand,
But will not let thee go,
Till steadfastly by faith I stand
And all thy goodness know.
3: Jesus, thine all-victorious love
Shed in my heart abroad;
Then shall my feet no longer rove,
Rooted and fixed in God.
4: O that in me the sacred fire
Might now begin to glow,
Burn up the dross of base desire,
And make the mountains flow!
5: O that it now from heaven might fall,
And all my sins consume!
Come, Holy Ghost, for thee I call,
Spirit of burning, come!
6: Refining fire, go through my heart,
Illuminate my soul;
Scatter thy life through every part,
And sanctify the whole.
MEMORY VERSE: Ezekiel 18:31 “Rid yourself of all the offences you have committed and get a new heart and anew Spirit for why will you die o house of Israel?”
Lord, Let your grace have the true meaning to my soul that it is not to condone sin but say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. Amen
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