Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Monday, November 9, 2015
Today’s Scripture Promise:
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:26–27).
We recently invested two solid months going through the book of Revelation. We learned a lot, and some of what we learned drove us to our knees. God’s requirements have always been very strict. He has ever commanded holiness, regardless of circumstances. As the revelator mentioned repeatedly, even in the face of tribulations and death, God expects us to be faithful to Him.
Were this the end of the story, we might be discouraged. After all, any sensible person must realize that we have no power of our own to do what God commands. Thus, today’s promise is magnified before our eyes. The Bible says that God will give us new hearts and a new spirit. He will perform spiritual surgery and not just repair our hearts and spirits. No! God will transplant those hearts that once disrespected God, smoked dope, were proud, alienated people, cursed like (some) sailors, and were adulterous. He will replace the spirits that constantly found fault in others, lied, disrespected our parents, and refused to help those in need. He said He would put His Holy Spirit in us and “cause” us to obey all that He commands. This miraculous surgery is available to all who recognize our need by faith, and are willing to go under the knife. Don’t worry though; this Great Physician has never lost a case. You are perfectly safe in His capable hands.
Today’s Marching Orders:
Honor God with your life today. One of the best ways to do so is to allow Him to perform spiritual surgery on your character, and tell others how He miraculously healed your soul. As Him to direct you to someone with whom you can share this blessing today.