Hard-Hearted

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I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.
(Eze 36:25-27)

We are dirty. We are stubborn. And we are lawless. We have no good thing in us since we were corrupted by sin. And yet, God was not done with us. When He could have cast us aside and abandoned us, He didn’t. Some might say he couldn’t, but then they would wrong. God could. God doesn’t need us. And I’m certain there are times that God positively does not like us.

No one cared enough about you to do even one of these things out of compassion for you. But you were thrown out into the open field because you were despised on the day you were born. “I passed by you and saw you lying in your blood, and I said to you as you lay in your blood: Live! Yes, I said to you as you lay in your blood: Live!
(Eze 16:5-6)

Your fame spread among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through My splendor, which I had bestowed on you.” This is the declaration of the Lord GOD.
(Eze 16:14)

Once we were nothing. We had been corrupted and made putrid by the rot of our own sin among our bones and in our heart. Our heart had solidified to stone, because we stopped caring. That is a hard place to be. God should have abandoned us, left us at the side of the road, but he didn’t.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love that He had for us, made us alive with the Messiah even though we were dead in trespasses. You are saved by grace!
(Eph 2:4-5)

And now, suddenly as the sunrise, death is shuffled off like scales, and God calls us to life. By faith we are saved through grace. By faith we pursue and receive baptism so that we may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of life everlasting because we have been regenerated by the Spirit. No more subject to sin, to corruption, to rot. We are alive!

Why? Because God did not WANT to leave us in sin. He CHOSE to bring us life because THAT is what God is like.

Be grateful today that we have a God who chooses us, not because He has to, but because He wants to.

Thank You God for my life. Thank You for a beating heart of flesh, that cares, that loves and responds to You in worship! Great is our God! Praise His Name! In that Name we pray, Amen!

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merittmusings

I've been in ministry in the Christian Churches/ Churches of Christ for 20+ years. Finished my doctorate in Biblical Studies in 2015. Serve today as a Hospital Chaplain.

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