I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26
Christianity is a testimony of changed desires. Why? It’s simple. God performed a heart surgery on us when we believed the Gospel!
No wonder 2 Corinthians 5:17 puts it this way: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Hallelujah! We have been made brand new in Christ Jesus.
The prophecy of Ezekiel 36:26 has come to pass because Paul reported the following in Ephesians 1:13 thus: “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise….”
Therefore, anyone who has the Spirit has the ability to walk in the precepts of God. He is no longer the man who was dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1). He is now the man who walks in good works because he has a new heart! (Ephesians 2:10)
It is important a believer stays reminded of this reality no matter how long he’s been in the faith. Standing in the knowledge of this is not just for the beginner Christian; it’s for every Christian!! (1 Corinthians 15:1-2).
Standing in this knowledge helps us grow deeper in our knowledge of God and bear fruits for Him.
Knowing that the impact of the Spirit in our lives is so great, we ought to take advantage of His power.
Verse 27 of Ezekiel 36 shows why we should. It says: “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
This means that anyone who has the Spirit is empowered by God to walk in His statutes. Therefore, whenever the desire to do something contrary to God’s will hits us, we recognise it for what it is – a ruse.
We have received the Spirit of God, so we walk in His ways. This is why we choose not to be conformed to our old ways but to renew our minds by the word (Romans 12:2).
Dear believer, you have a new heart. Get acquainted with it in your devotional life!