Pastor’s Message June

 “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live …. Then you will know that I  the LORD have spoken, and I have done it,” declares the LORD. (Ezekiel 37:14)

HE GIVES IT BY GIVING US A NEW HEART

One of the first things physicians check is the heart. They realize that the condition of the heart can make a big difference. It can make a difference between someone dying or living. In today’s reading, we see that the Spirit gives us life with God by giving us a new heart.

God needed to give his people a new heart. They had struggled to follow him for their whole history. They had chased after false gods. They had failed to follow his commands and decrees. They could be stubborn and selfish. They needed a new heart in order to have a future with God.

God encouraged his people by telling them, “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live.” He was promising them that he would not let them fend for themselves. He would help them live for him by putting his Spirit in them. In the chapter before our lesson, he says it this way: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you;  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). His Spirit would give them a new attitude that wanted to serve and follow him.

We need the same help from our God. We struggle daily to live for him and to his glory. As the apostle Paul says, “What I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do – this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19).

Thanks be to God who helps us in our every need! He has taken away our sins through Christ Jesus, who “died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again” (2 Corinthians 5:15).  Through that good news, God the Holy Spirit gives us a new heart and mind that are eager to follow God and his ways. As Paul says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”  (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Come, Holy Ghost, Creator blest,

And make our hearts your place of rest;

Come with your grace and heav’nly aid,

And fill the hearts which you have made. Amen. (CW 178:1)