Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV Here are some distinguishing marks of a spirit-filled life—joy, prayer, and thanksgiving. Notice Paul has already been speaking about love: “Hold them in the highest regard...
I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:26-27
God tells us that he can change our hearts, and he promises that he will. There is marvelous hope here! Think about what Christ offers you in the gospel. Go to Christ and tell him the problem. Ask him to change your heart. Hold him to his promise. Tell him, I need you to change my heart. I cannot follow you unless you do.
What are the stones in your heart?
Peer pressure? Release me from the fear of what other people think and let me live for the praise that comes from you alone.
Money? Sever in me the love of money that is a root of all kinds of evil. Set me free to be a wise and generous steward of whatever you trust to me in this world.
Loved ones? Break the power of other people controlling my life; let me live for you alone.
Comfort? Redeem me from the constant compromise of a life that is always geared to my own comfort and make me ready to take up my cross to follow you.
Cherished sin? Deliver me from gratifying my own lusts and desires, and lead me with joy on the path of purity.
Self? Save me from the idolatry of trying to be my own God and bring my life under your sovereign rule.
God says to you, “I will remove from you your heart of stone.”
What stone(s) do you need to trust Christ to remove from your heart today?