29 MAR



Christ is in you (1)

‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

God’s always doing new things. In Isaiah it says, ‘See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland’ (Isaiah 43:19 NIV). Sometimes that new thing happens within us. We can become worn, weighed down with burdens and in need of God’s restoration. Ezekiel was given a prophecy about dry bones (Ezekiel 37). God showed him that with His power, the bones could rise up and live. ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life’ (v.5 NIV). We can feel like those dry bones. But God says that He will give us a new heart and put a new spirit within us. That new heart and spirit describe our minds, souls and feelings. When we feel we’ve got nothing left to offer, that we’ve reached the end, God breathes new life into us and renews us. Not only do we get a new heart and a new spirit, Jesus actually lives within us. Paul said, ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me’ (Galatians 2:20 NKJV). And once we’ve got Christ living in us, we desire a new heart and spirit even more. We become aware of where we’re going wrong and want to change. In Psalm 51, David prayed ‘Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me’ (v.10 NIV). And when we ask God for those things, He gives them to us.

What now?
Before you go to sleep, think back over the day. What new things have you learned or have happened to you today? How does the ‘today you’ compare to the ‘yesterday you’? Even small things, like doing something a little better than you did it yesterday. Take each of those new things to God and thank Him for being at work in you.

Deut 28-29, Mark 14:53-72


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