“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them”
Are you born again? Then you must know that God doesn’t judge you according to your performance, but strictly by faith in Christ. 2 Cor 5: 17 says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
When you believe in Jesus, not only are you are justified freely, you also receive the Holy Spirit who empowers you to do things that are consistent with the kingdom to which you now belong.
See Rom 8:10,11: “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.”
Now you are no longer trying to live a holy life because you want to make
heaven, you are empowered to do so because you are from heaven. Your status has now changed; you are now the righteousness of God, you are declared righteous! Walking in holiness is proof that you are saved, not a requirement to be saved.
You are the man Ezekiel prophesied about in today’s text. The people in his day could not keep the laws of God because they did not have a regenerated spirit. But now, you have a regenerated spirit, one that has power above sin.
SAY THIS: The Holy Spirit lives on my inside, empowering me to live above sin.