Day 17 Sacred Season 2015
DAY 17. 25th June A new heart Ez 1:4-13; 7:16-22. Sepiuta Haumono-Schaaf
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 fleshâ¦. Then the cherubim, with the wheels beside them, spread their wings, and the glory of the God of Israel was above them. (Ezekiel 11:19,22 NIV)
Basis of Union: Paragraph 3: To God in Christ all people are called to respond in faith. To this end God has sent forth the Spirit that people may trust God as their Father, and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. The whole work of salvation is effected by the sovereign grace of God alone.
A NEW HEART
Though the pious captives in Babylon were insulted by the Jews who continued in Jerusalem, but as always God remains Faithful to His chosen people. We see in this reading how gracious and loving our God is, that even when we are unfaithful to Gods commands and his ways- He still remains faithful to love us and give us His promises that many times we don’t even feel we deserve. His promise for the Israelites was that He would restore them and bring them back to their land and would perform a beautiful exchange in the process
1. He promised he would give them “AN UNDIVIDED HEART” so that their hearts would be fixed on God alone and unwavered.
2. A “New spirit”- A new spirit that is ready and willing to do Gods will. A spirit that is sensitive and discerns correctly the leadership of the Holy Spirit and doesn’t look back but moves forward with just like the cherubim’s, they never looked back.
3. Remove a heart of stone for a “heart of flesh”
A carnal heart that is self willed becomes hardened to Gods commands because it’s fixed to human command. But God promises that He will strip them of their hardened hearts and give them “A NEW HEART OF FLESH” soft and pure, receptive to the promptings of God. Matthew 5:8 blessed are those who are pure in heart for they we see God.
I’m sure we can all relate to this reading. We’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We must then confess and truly repent of our sins, hardness of our hearts, our rebellion towards God and his commands and the bible says-when we do this, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. When we humble ourselves before God and acknowledge His Grace, His Spirit is upon us and above us to give us new life, new direction, new insight to the things of God, protection, provision and all that we need to fulfil the purpose of which he called us.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV
Prayer: Abba Father in the mighty name of Jesus Christ we thank you for your Word that continues to teach, mould, rebuke and instruct us in this life. We are truly sorry for the many times that we have rebelled against your word and have chosen to follow our carnal hearts and minds. Lord we ask this day that you would bless us with a new heart that is undivided and fixed on you and a new spirit that is receptive to the leading of Your Holy Spirit so that all the planning’s and decisions that are made during the Assembly of the Uniting Church in 2015 will be your will and not ours. For apart from Christ we can do nothing. Your will be done through Christ we pray. Amen
Pray for: Unitingworld partner – The Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu
Youth and Young adults in the Uniting Church would arise with the fire of Christ.