TO THE BIBLE Ezekiel 36:26-27
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
You’ve Got A Soft And Malleable Heart! If you’re born again, God has given you a soft and malleable heart, a heart that’s easily yielded to and influenced by His Word, an obedient heart. No wonder He calls you an obedient child (1 Peter 1:14). You have a heart that loves to hear and learn about God.
Those with “stony hearts” don’t enjoy hearing or learning about God; they’re not inspired or impacted by spiritual things. But it’s not so with you; like David, you’re always excited at every opportunity to fellowship with God’s people; you’re glad to live in His presence. It’s easy for you to pray and worship the Lord, because you have a new heart, a heart that constantly seeks after Him. It brings to mind the words of the psalmist: “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1 NIV).
It’s easy for the Lord to lead and guide you in the paths of righteousness when your heart is after Him. He causes you to do the right things, make the right decisions, be in the right places at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way. If you’re reading this and you’re not born again, this is your moment and opportunity. God is talking to you today! He wants to give you a new heart! You can’t do it by yourself. He alone can give you this new heart, with power to live for Him and to please Him. Turn to the “Prayer of Salvation” page at the back of this devotional; make that life-transforming confession and receive this new heart right away.
2 Corinthians 5:17; Ezekiel 11:19-20
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me a new heart; a heart that seeks after righteousness and passionately loves you! I’ll serve and honour you forever, with a steadfast spirit and wholehearted devotion, trusting you to lead and guide me in your perfect will at all times, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading
Acts 25:1-12, Psalms 7-10
Luke 9:18-27, Joshua 13
Meditate on this scripture: Psalm 42:1-5.