Weekly Pursuit – Week 4 of May

May 29, 2018 by

Verses:

Ezek. 36:26-27 “I will also give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take away the heart of stone out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.”

 

Excerpts:

Although God promised to give us a new heart, He does not take out our old heart and put in a new one like a surgeon performing a transplant. Because He is a God of life and is all-powerful, He gives us a new heart by transforming our heart. When we repent, something marvelous happens in our heart. We say, “O God, I am utterly sinful. I am sorry. I repent before You. Please forgive me.” On one hand, this is our doing, but on the other hand, while we are repenting, the wonderful God gets into us and transforms our heart. We may not have any consciousness that God is doing this marvelous work, but soon after we repent to Him, we discover that our heart is changed. It was previously hardened, but after we repent, we find that it has been softened.

 

Repentance is not something that only unbelievers need. We believers need to repent again and again. We may need to repent for not loving the Lord enough. Every time we repent, our heart will be more transformed and renewed. Repenting is like washing our hands—once is not enough. We need to repent all the time. In Revelation 2 and 3 the Lord repeatedly calls the churches to repent. We need to repent, because repentance is the best dose to heal our heart and the best way to regulate our heart. Repenting renews our heart. (CWWL, 1975-1976, vol. 2,
pp. 337-338)

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