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wolf
Heart of flesh
Mon Mar 19, 2018 08:27
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“God in His unspeakable providence has arranged that some received the holy reward of their toils even before they set to work, others while actually working, others again when the work was done, and still others at the time of their death. Let the reader ask himself which one of them was made more humble.”
JOHN CLIMACUS

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”
EZEKIEL 36:26 NASB

The prophet Ezekiel spoke these words around 592 B.C. during the time that Israel was in captivity in Babylon. The prophecy concerns a new covenant between God and Israel that is to take place at the second coming of Christ. Like many prophetic scripture verses that I read, I not only read the historical view, which would be past and future, but when I read them many seem to speak to my own spirit and can be related to my own life, past, present and future. The Word of God speaks to me when I open my heart and allow it to live within me. Even the genealogies speak to me if I am patient and allow them to reach my heart. I will admit thought that many times with names and genealogies in the Bible, I have a tendency to skip along the surface like a flat rock thrown across the top of a still lake. This morning this prophecy to Israel speaks to me of my life, the way it was, and how it is now. At one time I was in captivity in my own self-imposed Babylon. My chemical addictions had me wrapped in chains. The joy and happiness that I had know in earlier days had escaped, and just to experience life without pain and emotional ups and downs, I had to use alcohol and drugs. Chemicals brought me up to a level where I was able to cope with life, and when they were gone the physical and emotions pain came rushing back in. That old Hee Haw song from the television show was ever true in my life, I often thought about it and laughed at it when I was high, but the truth was that it was just not funny. Share these words to the song with me, “Gloom despair and agony on me, deep dark depression excessive misery, if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all, gloom despair and agony on my.” That could be the theme song of every person in the grips of chemical addiction. At the darkest point in my life I watched as a prison guard shed a tear telling me of Jesus. That tear softened my heart of stone and changed my life forever. I became born again, born of the Spirit of God. With a heart of flesh I learned to have compassion on others. A heart of flesh is soft and allows others to imprint upon it their life. I don’t want to go back to a heart of stone, to a life of gloom and despair. As I read the Word of God daily I find the light needed to walk each and every day, one day at a time. God is doing for me what I could not do for myself………...wolf

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