THEME: The New Heart
PASSAGE: Ezekiel 11:16-25
HYMN: MHB 498 ROCK of ages, cleft for me
MEMORY VERSE: Ezekiel 11:19 “And I will give them one heart, and put a new spirit within them; I will take the stony heart out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh”
The human heart was created to mirror God’s own heart (Genesis 1:27; James 3:9). We were designed to love Him, love righteousness, and walk-in harmony with God and others (Micah 6:8). But part of God’s design of the human heart is freewill. That free will carries with it the opportunity to abuse it, as did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:11).
God desires that we choose to love and serve Him. When we stubbornly refuse to follow God, our hearts, which were designed to communicate with God, are hardened. God, compares rebellious hearts to stone (Zechariah 7:12). A heart of stone finds it impossible to repent, to love God, or to please Him (Romans 8:8).
In Ezekiel 11, God promised the Israelites that, He will restore them to the land and to a right relationship with Himself. God promised to gather the Hebrews from the nations where they had been scattered (Ezekiel 11:17) and give them a new, undivided heart (verse 19).
A change of heart toward God requires a supernatural transformation. Jesus called it being “born again” (John 3:3). When we are born-again, God performs a heart transplant; He gives us a new heart. The power of the Holy Spirit changes our hearts from sin-focused to God-focused. The Holy Spirit gives us a desire to please God, that was foreign to us in our hardened state. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that we “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” God’s desire for every human being is that we become like His Son, Jesus (Romans 8:29). We can become like Jesus only when we allow God to rid us of our old, hardened hearts and give us new and obedient hearts.
PRAYER: Create in me a new heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me, as I embark on today’s journey in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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