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 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  Ezekiel 36:26

No, I’m not talking about the children’s movie.  It was Thanksgiving Eve and I had to run out to buy cranberry sauce. My family loves it and I had forgotten this complementary addition to our bird.  Behind me was a young lady who plopped a frozen turkey up on the counter.  The time was 9:00 p.m. and that bird was as hard as stone, frozen clear through.

I wanted to ask, “When were you planning to serve that turkey? I hope it’s not for Thanksgiving Day; because your family and friends will be waiting till next week, for their slice of turkey. There won’t be any yummy smelling turkey flavors, coming from your oven.  My hope was that she was buying it for a later date.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, one must buy a fresh turkey, if he or she is planning to serve it on Thanksgiving Day.

In like manner; so many people exhibit a heart of stone, to the watching world.  They just don’t care about anybody else but themselves and what’s going on in their private world.

                                                Frozen hearts are not ready for the work of God.

God talks about replacing the heart of stone and giving us a heart of flesh.  He longs to give us a heart He can work with; one that emits a sweet smelling savor.

How can God give a heart of flesh in place of a heart of stone? Verse 27 gives the answer.  He says,  “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgements and do them.”

You see our hearts can only be changed by the Spirit of the Living God.  Rather than plopping down a cold, hard heart, let’s serve God and the people He has given us, through a heart of flesh.

Prayer in Motion:

Oh God, I pray that You will help me to serve You and the people in my sphere of influence through a heart of flesh. Forgive me for all the times I have exhibited a heart of stone.  Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh upon me.  In Jesus Name.  Amen!


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Libby Williams

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