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A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT

Date: January 15

Category: Follow God

Ezekiel 36:26-27
"A new heart 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 give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is a word of God for the Israelites, who were in exile at the time. There was a time when Israel did everything they were supposed to do religiously, but in their hearts, they had forgotten God. They didn't obey God. They often worshipped other gods. They worked on the Sabbath. They committed adultery and fornication. They robbed; they killed; they did all kinds of wicked things. Because of their rebellion, God punished them and sent them into exile. God's desire was for His children to change their ways and turn towards Him.

God promised here that He was going to give the Israelites a new heart and a new spirit. With a new heart and a new spirit, they would begin to think differently. They're going to desire the things God desires for them. They are going to want to do what God wants them to do. God will change their hearts. The Bible says in verse 26a that God will "take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." In other words, God will give you a soft heart that will be sensitive and will listen to the Word of God.

Then it says in verse 27a that He will fill us with His Spirit. That is the new spirit that He will give us, the Holy Spirit. When He does, we will obey His instruction and we will follow His commandments. So ask yourself if you're following the Spirit of God. Ask yourself if you're living in accordance to His instruction. You can't be following God, if you're not reading His Word. That's why it is so important to read the Scriptures. It's also important to meditate upon the Word of God, meaning, think about it and see how it applies to your life. Then it's important to obey the Word of God. That's how you follow the Spirit of God, by doing those three things.

If you walk in the fullness of the Spirit of God, then there are specific promises that will be fulfilled in your life. Verse 28 says, "And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God." So God will establish you in your land and will establish a relationship with you. Then verse 29 says, "I will also save you from all your uncleanness, and I will call forth the grain and make it abundant and lay no famine on you." In other words, God will save you from sin and bless you with abundance. Then it says in verse 30, "And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field, that you may no more suffer the reproach and disgrace of famine among the nations." So God will reward you for your work, and you will have more than enough. But all of these promises come when you live in the fullness of the Spirit.

Many people want these results. They want these promises to be fulfilled in their lives, but they often don't want to do what it takes to receive these results. It's a Biblical principle that if we work, we will produce. If we obey God, we will multiply. So, God promises that He will give us a new heart and a new spirit so that we will desire obedience. True happiness in life is walking in the Spirit and obeying God's commandments. When we do that, then God's promises will be fulfilled in our lives.

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