A New Heart and a New Spirit
Read Ezekiel 18:30–32
“Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!”
- What is the purpose of God giving us a new heart and a new spirit?
- Reflect on whether there are any sins or patterns in your life about which you feel sorry for, but from which you have not yet retreated or turned. What do you sense God’s invitation to you is, based on today’s passage?
- What keeps you from retreating from the sins or patterns in your life that aren’t aligned with the new heart and spirit that God has given you?
Oh, Father, I need You. I need Your forgiveness, Your mercy, and Your grace. I want life! I need strength and courage to turn away from the things that keep me bound to a lesser life. You have already set me free; why do I still get so easily lured back into captivity? Renew my heart and my spirit. Make them Yours; make them resistant and resilient. The thing I doubt the most, God, is Your goodness. Though the evidence of it abounds, I still doubt it. Build my faith, speak to me, give me the fortitude to remember Your promises and all You have done to make me free. Amen.
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