Daily D – Ezekiel 11:19-20
Ezekiel 11:19, 20
“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. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (NIV)
“And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.” (NLT)
God’s gifts improve everything. He provides focus and devotion overflowing into frictionless relationships of settled joy.
Hard-hearted people are not condemned to stay that way. There is an offer on the table for renewal. Rough edges are smoothed. Hard words grow soft and kind. Demands turn into discussions arriving at joint conclusions.
Bossypants are exchanged for leisure wear of exquisite styling.
Expectations are recalibrated toward peaceful delight.
Vocabularies are coated in honey and expressed with edifying kindness.
How’s your heart today?
I will receive God’s gift of a softer heart and purpose-filled life.
Our Father, as King David prayed millennia ago, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me,” (Psalm 51:10). Give me singleness of purpose expanding into overflowing abundance and frictionless relationships of settled joy. Amen.
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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”