Thursday, July 6, 2017

Daily Devotion: Problems of the Heart

Bible Reading: Ezekiel 11:13-25

Key Verse: Verse 19 – “And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:"

Key Words: stony heart

Ezekiel’s mission seems to be to explain why God permitted Israel’s fall and captivity to the Babylonians in 586 BC. He actually began to prophesy Israel’s captivity six years earlier in 592 BC.

No doubt during Ezekiel’s ministry Israel had a stony heart. That’s the reason they were placed into captivity. Israel’s problem was a heart problem. Just as the American problem is one of the heart which requires not outward change but inward.

Many people regularly carry breath mints on their person. Now, breath mints can do the job of covering up a problem for a little while but they don’t address the problem.

There is a new product called Breath Assure and it is different from a breath mint. It is not designed to be sucked on like most breath mints in order to change the taste in the mouth. It is designed to be swallowed so that it can enter the stomach and release oils that address the movement of the food and the effect of the decay in the stomach that works its way up into the mouth.

Most times, in order for real change to occur, the heart has to be fixed first. A person can attempt to cover an issue with praise and worship or a “hallelujah” but that stuff doesn’t last. It is a transformed heart that produces transformed behavior.

What to do:
✞ Remember, at the heart of every problem is the problem of the heart.

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