Ezekiel 36:26 - I Will Give You A New Heart And Put A New Spirit In You.

Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV) I will give you a new heart and put a new 
spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you 
a heart of flesh. 

Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) And I will give you a new heart, and I will 
put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart 
and give you a tender, responsive heart. 

Ezekiel 36:26 (NCV) Also, I will teach you to respect me 
completely, and I will put a new way of thinking inside you. I will take out 
the stubborn hearts of stone from your bodies, and I will give you 
obedient hearts of flesh. 


   I can't resist a bargain, especially in a craft store. 
Recently I went to one with my sister. Shelves in a corner held beads and 
other items. I didn't need anything, but my sister and I rummaged 
through the bins anyway. And I found something on my mental shopping 
list: polymer clay. I used to have scads of the stuff but had given it 
away. Now I needed some to adapt a traditional bee feeder for use with 
a Kenyan hive. Polymer clay is firm but softens with hand-kneading 
and holds its shape after baking. 
   I found out at home why the clay was on sale. It was almost 
too old to be malleable. When my fingers got tired, my husband took 
a turn. Sore-handed, I shaped the pieces and heated them. I had no 
use for the rest - kept longer, the clay would be useless. 
   When the disciples asked Jesus why He taught the people with 
parables, He said,  this people's heart has become calloused; they 
hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise 
they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with 
their hearts and turn, and I would heal them" (Matthew 13:15, NIV). 
   My heart, too, grows dull with disuse. I skim past a familiar 
Bible verse. I daydream when I think I know where the pastor is going 
with a sermon. There's a common thread here. Me. Turned inward. My 
heart closed to what Jesus might want to reveal. 
   O Jesus, keep me soft. Give me a tender, responsive heart. by 
Susanna Davenport [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by Guideposts and 


   In today's Scripture, God tells His people, "I will give you 
a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you 
your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." So what does that 
mean? A heart of flesh is sensitive when it comes to sin and will 
grieve over its offenses against the Lord. A heart of stone, however, 
feels very little, if anything. A heart of stone is deaf to the Holy 
Spirit's voice, insensible to His nudges, and unyielding to His will. But 
a heart of flesh? It delights to be molded into the image of 
Jesus. A stony heart just doesn't get it when people exuberantly 
worship the Lord, but a heart of flesh cries out, "Oh, I love You, Lord. 
Please help me to love You even more! Remember, we can't create our 
own pliable, sensitive hearts. That is a precious gift from God 
   Holy Spirit, I love that You often speak in a "still small 
voice" (1Ki.19:12). It reminds me that surrounding myself with nonstop 
noise and distractions can keep me from hearing You. You know me so 
well. If You see areas where I have hardened myself, where I have 
resisted You, where I have neglected to listen, show me quickly. I want a 
heart of flesh! [A Spectacle of Glory by Joni Eareckson Tada and Larry 

Who Says We Cant Change?
   Heres some good news. You arent stuck with todays 
personality. You arent condemned to grumpydom. You are tweak-able! 
So what if you were born a bigot? You dont have to die one. 
   Where did we get the idea we cant change? Where do 
statements come from such as, Its just my nature to worry, or  
Ill always be pessimistic. Im just that way. Or, I have a 
bad temper. I cant help the way I react? Who says? Would we 
say, its just my nature to have a broken leg. I cant do 
anything about it. Of course not. If our body malfunctions, we seek 
help. Shouldnt we do the same with our hearts? Cant we seek aid 
for our sour attitudes? Of course we can. Jesus can change our 
hearts! He wants us to have a heart like his! [Max Lucado Daily 
Devotional at maxlucado.com] 

Changing Our Nature
   My dog Molly and I arent getting along. The problem is not 
her personality. A sweeter mutt you will not find. She sees every 
person as a friend and every day as a holiday. I have no problem with 
Mollys attitude. I have a problem with her habits. 
   Eating scraps out of the trash. Licking dirty plates in the 
dishwasher. Dropping dead birds on our sidewalk and stealing bones from the 
neighbors dog. Shameful! Molly rolls in the grass, chews on her paw, does 
her business in the wrong places, and, Im embarrassed to admit, 
quenches her thirst in the toilet. 
   Now what kind of behavior is that?
   Dog behavior, you reply.
   You are right. So right. Mollys problem is not a Molly 
problem. Molly has a dog problem. It is a dogs nature to do such 
things. And it is her nature that I wish to change. Not just her 
behavior, mind you. A canine obedience school can change what she does; I 
want to go deeper. I want to change who she is. 
   Here is my idea: a me-to-her transfusion. The deposit of a 
Max seed in Molly. I want to give her a kernel of human character. 
As it grew, would she not change? Her human nature would develop, 
and her dog nature would diminish. We would witness, not just a 
change of habits, but a change of essence. In time Molly would be less 
like Molly and more like me, sharing my disgust for trash snacking, 
potty slurping, and dish licking. She would have a new nature. Why, 
Denalyn might even let her eat at the table. 
   You think the plan is crazy? Then take it up with God. The 
idea is his. 
   What I would like to do with Molly, God does with us. He 
changes our nature from the inside out! I will put a new way of 
thinking inside you. I will take out the stubborn hearts of stone from 
your bodies, and I will give you obedient hearts of flesh. I will put 
my Spirit inside you and help you live by my rules and carefully 
obey my laws (Ezek. 36:26"27 NCV.). 
   God doesnt send us to obedience school to learn new 
habits; he sends us to the hospital to be given a new heart. Forget 
training; he gives transplants. 
   Do you understand what God has done? He has deposited a 
Christ seed in you. As it grows, you will change. Its not that sin 
has no more presence in your life, but rather that sin has no more 
power over your life. Temptation will pester you, but temptation will 
not master you. What hope this brings! 
   Its not up to you! Within you abides a budding power. 
Trust him! 
   He who began a good work in you will carry it on to 
completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phil. 1:6 NIV.). God will do 
with you what I only dream of doing with Molly. Change you from the 
inside out. When he is finished, hell even let you sit at his table. 
[Max Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or testimony on this 
passage of Scripture, either personal or otherwise, I would be 
interested in hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep uplifting 
Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred Gibbs  


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