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Summary: GOD DESIGNED A HEART OF OBEDIENCE FOR BELIEVERS.

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HEARTS OF STONE

OBSERVATION: ISRAEL WHILE IN EXILE EMBRACED SPIRITUAL ADULTERY. GOD STATES HE WILL VINDICATE HIS NAME AMONG THE NATIONS. (EZEKIEL 36: 22-23).

INTERPRETATION: EZEKIEL 36: 26 (NEW KING JAMES VERSION) 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 (THE BOOK) AND I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART WITH NEW AND RIGHT DESIRES, AND I WILL PUT A NEW SPIRIT IN YOU. I WILL TAKE OUT YOUR STONY HEART OF SIN AND GIVE YOU A NEW OBEDIENT HEART.

POINTS TO PONDER:

PSALMS 95:8 (NKJV) DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS IN THE REBELLION, AS IN THE DAY OF TRIAL AS IN THE WILDERNESS. THIS WAS A STERN WARNING THAT GOD DOES NOT HAVE TO ACCEPT DISOBEDIENCE. CONTINUAL DISOBEDIENCE SPEAKS TO A HEART OF STONE.

PROVERBS 28: 14 (NKJV) HAPPY IS THE MAN WHO IS ALWAYS REVERENT, BUT HE WHO HARDENS HIS HEART WILL FALL INTO CALAMITY. A HAPPY MAN REVERES GOD THE FATHER AND WANTS TO DO THOSE THINGS THAT PLEASE HIM. IF YOU SELDOM GIVE GOD ANY THOUGHT YOU HAVE A HEART OF STONE. YOU FACE GOD’S SURE JUDGMENT!

HEBREWS 3:13 (NKJV) BUT EXHORT ONE ANOTHER DAILY, WHILE IT IS CALLED “TODAY”, LEST ANY OF YOU BE HARDENED THROUGH THE DECEITFULNESS OF SIN.

THE OLD STONY HEART IS INFLEXIBLE AND INSENSITIVE TO GOD’S SPIRIT, HIS WORD AND GRACE.

APPLICATION: A STONY HEART IS NOT THE HEART GOD THE FATHER DESIGNED FOR YOU: HIS DESIGN IS AN OBEDIENT HEART!


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