“So God Delivers” (John 1: 17, HCSB) by Carley Evans


God gives us the law through Moses, carved by His finger on tablets of stone.

God gives us His grace and His truth through Jesus Christ His Son, both carved not on tablets of stone by on our hearts.

As God promises, so He delivers.

“I remove their heart of stone from their bodies and give them a heart of flesh, so they may follow My statutes, keep My ordinances, and practice them.” (Ezekiel 11: 19)

Again, He says, “I give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances… I save you from all your uncleanness.” (Ezekiel 36: 26 – 27, 29)

God saves us. He rescues us from our uncleanness by putting His Spirit within us, by changing our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.

“Pride Fails” (Ezekiel 28: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


“Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god–“

 

James warns us, “Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?…Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, ‘He yearns jealously over the spirit that He has made to dwell in us?’ But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’…Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4: 4, 5, 6, 10)

Solomon warns, “The Lord tears down the house of the proud;” (Proverbs 15: 25) and tells us that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16: 18)

Jesus preaches, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5: 5) “I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5: 39 – 44)

Humble yourselves; and God will exalt you.

“Why Do You Doubt?” (Psalm 40: 8, ESV) by Carley Evansa


David sings, “I delight to do Your will, O my God, Your law is within my heart.”

God promises, “I will remove the heart of stone from [your] flesh and give [you] a heart of flesh, that [you] may walk in My statutes and keep My rules and obey them. And [you] will be My people, and I will be [your] God.” (Ezekiel 11: 19 – 20)

Jesus promises, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14: 26)

Jesus tells us, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person… What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15: 10, 18)

God’s solution is to change your heart. How do you accomplish this change of heart? You can’t. God changes your heart. He takes your dead heart of stone from you, and replaces it with His own heart. He renews your mind through His Word through the power of His Holy Spirit who teaches you “all things.”

Jesus speaks to His disciples, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

Peter answers Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

Jesus responds, “Come.”

Peter gets out of the boat to walk on the water. He’s doing fine until he sees the wind. He fears, and sinks. He cries, “Lord, save me.”

Jesus immediately reaches out to take hold of Peter, saving him. “O you of little faith, why do you doubt?” (Matthew 27 – 31)

“Salvation In Two Steps” (Ezekiel 20: 43 – 44) by Carley Evans


Salvation in two straightforward steps here in Ezekiel: the first step is “and you shall loathe yourself for all the evils that you have committed;” and the second step is “and you shall know that I Am the Lord, when I deal with you for My Name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds.”God says, “As a pleasing aroma I will accept you, when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered. And I will manifest My Holiness among you in the sight of the nations. And you shall know that I Am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 20: 41 – 42)

“[You] shall not defile [yourselves] anymore with [your] idols and [your] detestable things, or with any of [your] transgressions. But I will save [you] from all [your] back-slidings in which [you] have sinned, and will cleanse [you]; and [you] shall be My People, and I will be [your] God. My Servant, David shall be King over [you], and [you] shall all have One Shepherd . [You] shall walk in My rules and shall be careful to obey My statutes…and David, My Servant shall be [your] Prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with [you]. It shall be an everlasting covenant with [you].” (Ezekiel 37: 23 – 24, 26)

Recognize, accept your core unworthiness — your sin. Then, recognize, accept God’s willingness and ability to forgive and to make you His own.