“I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:27
Hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth, God’s prophet Ezekiel addressed the exiles of Israel with promises of change and improvement. The Lord would replace their hearts of stone with hearts of flesh. The giving of God’s Spirit would move the people to live obediently and willing to do things God’s way. The gift of God’s Spirit would lead to total transformation.
The work of the Holy Spirit in our conversion can be described as, from being dead in sin to being alive in Christ. These words echo the passage we have read in Ezekiel today. The regenerating Spirit penetrates into the inmost being, opens the closed heart and softens the hard heart. God activates and strengthens the will so that, like a good tree, it may be enabled to produce the fruits of good deeds.”
The Spirit of God helps people to discern and understand the truth of the good news of salvation. The closed, hardened heart of stone becomes a heart of flesh. And even though “in this life believers cannot fully understand the way this work occurs,” we can be assured that by God’s grace we do believe with our hearts and love our Savior. Is God’s promise alive and well in your heart?
I Declare: Lord, thank you for the gift of your Holy Spirit, guiding us to follow your ways, thank you for changing my heart and empowering me to do your will.
Ignite Thought: The Holy spirit is a heart changer and a mind fixer, He is not a heart breaker or an author of confusion.