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Why the divided heart necessitates a new spirit?

‘I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.’ (Ezekiel 11v19)
Have you ever wondered what it means to have an undivided a heart? In this context it meant being so inclined towards God that you make His objectives your own. And of course, to do that you need to have a heart that is set on His will and purposes – and here lies the problem:
Oscar Wilde is  quoted as saying that he could ‘resist everything except temptation.’ In other words, he had no problem resisting those things that didn’t tempt or lure him but as soon as  he encountered something he desired, he would yield in an instant.
Why? Well, our human ability to exercise will power is insufficient because sooner or later we will slip up and give in to temptation. Hence, God’s promise to gives us an ‘undivided heart.’
Q) So how does God achieve this?
A) Well, by putting a ‘new Spirit’ within us. In short, the verse is a prophetic (future) telling of the time when Jesus will return to heaven and  the Holy Spirit will be sent upon all the believers. Does this mean we will no longer be tempted? No- we will – and at times we will fail. Thankfully, God’s forgiveness covers that! However and quite  incredibly, God’s Holy Spirit that”
  1. hovered over the water that existed from the beginning of time(Genesis 1)
  2. was instrumental in Creation and Trinity agreeing  that creation was good
  3. and fell in tongues of fire at Pentecost after Jesus returned to heaven

…now lives and resides in you and me to guide us so that we won’t have divided hearts.

Be blessed.

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Unable to hear or be convicted by God?

‘There at the entrance of the gate were twenty-five men, and I saw among them Jaazaniah son of Azzur and Pelatiah son of Benaiah, leaders of the people. The Lord said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who are plotting evil and giving wicked advice in this city. They say, ‘Haven’t our houses been recently rebuilt? This city is a pot, and we are the meat in it.’ Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, son of man.”Then the Spirit of the Lord came on me, and he told me to say: “This is what the Lord says: That is what you are saying, you leaders in Israel, but I know what is going through your mind. You have killed many people in this city and filled its streets with the dead. (Ezekiel 11v1b-6)

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How God’s Holy Spirit motivates us to praise and worship

‘Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me a loud rumbling sound as the glory of the Lord rose from the place where it was standing.’ (Ezekiel 3v12)
In 1984, shortly after dedicating my life to Christ, I remember having a very distinct dream in which  I was seated in – what I can only describe as – a  large ‘aircraft hanger’ auditorium. Around me were thousands of other christians who were talking excitedly. Suddenly,  down below the elevated position where I and others were seated, someone walked onto the stage. What happens next is a bit of blur but a loud roar went up and as people rose to their feel they just as instantly fell to their knees in praise and worship – all except myself and a few others who blissfully lagged behind those who were on the ball. Falling to my knees, I remember my head being bowed and lips speaking praise as I joined with those around me
In Last week’s post – on Ezekiel 2 – we saw how the weary prophet was lifted and filled by God’s presence to the point where he was enabled to continue despite his fatigue.  In today’s passage, we see how the Spirit not only motivates humans to rise before God but the whole of creation as well for…
Thirty-five years on from my vivid dream – one truth remains standing in that just as believers are afforded a crown only to lay it before God, so too God’s Holy Spirit that causes us to rise will also cause us to find our knees in praise and worship to our Maker.

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Understanding Ezekiel?

‘Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.’ (Ezekiel 1v20)
It is of great benefit when reading Ezekiel to recognise this book is unlike any other. The verse – taken from Ezekiel’s vision- forces the reader to contemplate a scene so wondrous that it defies description. Or at the very least, our ability as humans to contemplate  the complexity of what is being viewed.
However, for the purposes of this series on understanding the Holy Spirit in History,  it will suffice to say that the ‘spirit’ as it is mentioned here falls into one of two explanations – these being:
  1. a supernatural occurence that facilitates the mechanism seen in Ezekiel’s vision?
  2. an unknown dynamic through which movement occurs that Ezekiel presumes spiritual?

From what is encountered later in  the book of Ezekiel, we realise that Ezekiel’s calling iand ability as a prophet is quite unique. However , for now, it will suffice to say his writing points to God who is  revealing what is to come through Ezekiel, his chosen vessel.

click here to read the context of v20 as it appears within chapter 1.
click here for a really interesting piece on Ezekiel

 


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