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Thursday, May 27, 2021
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"A New Heart"
Message summary: Thank God for what He did in your life when He gave you a new heart.
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“Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 18:31). “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).
Good’s Disposal Service is a trash hauling company in our area. It has one of our favorite ads with this memorable advertising slogan, "Let God recycle your heart and let Good’s recycle your trash." I smile and my spirit is edified when I hear this ad. Indeed, wherever you live and regardless of who handles your trash, you should let God recycle your heart!
Years ago we met Don and Ginny Good, the founders of the company. We learned that Don came up with the slogan. With a twinkle in her eye Ginny, who has a witty sense of humor, quipped, “I suggested, ‘Your trash is our cash’”. Irvin Martin, a friend who knows the Goods told us that Ginny presents an interesting program in sharing treasures they have salvaged from the trash since they began their business in 1970. In fact one item they salvaged was a genuine mink coat!
Let us consider the lasting eternal treasure we can all have that comes from a "new" spiritual heart. Ezekiel writes, “Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit.”
God promised the ancient Israelites, “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.” That was about 2,550 years ago and remains God’s redemptive work; that of giving us a new heart.
Consider these words from Paul in Colossians 1:13,14: “For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” No contrast can compare to that of God rescuing us from the darkness of sin and transferring us into His Kingdom of light!
All over the world thousands will trust Christ today for salvation through the witness of many of His faithful followers who speak of their faith in Christ. We want to be among them.
Have you trusted Christ for salvation? Do you have a new heart? I know most of you have and in this we greatly rejoice as we thank God for what He did. Unlike the physical heart that weakens with age and is prone to disease, our spiritual heart is strengthened over time and never weakens due to aging factors. After all it’s regenerated to last for all eternity!
Thank God for what He did in your life when He gave you a new heart. But if you haven’t made that commitment you can do so right now. You can say a prayer right now and invite Jesus into your heart and then choose to follow Him and grow in your relationship with Him the rest of your days.
Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to walk on this earth and show us the way to You. Through His death and resurrection we have forgiveness and hope of eternal life. You replace our heart of stone with a heart of flesh born of the Spirit. We confess our sins and ask You to cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Show us through Scripture and godly teaching how to turn away from the ever-changing values and principles of this world where the prince of darkness reigns. Endear our hearts instead to building an eternal spiritual foundation while we look upward to that great City whose Maker and Builder is the Lord Jesus Christ. Our minds cannot conceive what is in store for us but it will far surpass anything we might possibly hope to find in this life. Keep us faithful until that eventful transfer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
"A New Heart, A New Spirit" Video Esther Mui (a song based on our daily text)
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