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Here’s your 90 second AM devotional!
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.
At the time of this prophecy, Israel had so rebelled against God that God had allowed Israel to be taken captive by Babylon. A few Israeli exiles had been left in Israel. This happened because of the Hard-Heartedness of the people of Israel against Jehovah God. Through Ezekiel, God told this “Remnant” that the day was coming when the people of Israel would be brought back to their homeland, and in place of Hard Stony Hearts … God would give them Hearts of Flesh. This of course was God’s way of illustrating SOFT Responsive Hearts vs. HARD Rejecting Hearts, or just HARD-HEARTED.
When the heart stops, the blood stops flowing to the body, at which point rigor mortis begins to set in quickly. This gives a completely different meaning to the term “HARD BODIES.” The point is, when life stops flowing to the body—which is the blood, muscles, and joints—it turns from flesh and flexibility to a rigid inflexible HARD BODY. Certainly that is an outward physical sign of what happens spiritually to a heart that is turned away from its “MAKER” to worship stone and wood. When one worships Mammon, one’s own heart becomes “HARD-HEARTED.” The Good News is that our Heavenly Father is always standing by to take us back and turn our “HARD-HEARTED” hearts to soft hearts of flesh.
I’m stating here and now that I don’t ever wish to be the owner of a “HARD-HEARTED” heart. Give me, I pray, a heart of flesh all the time. Amen