Thursday, December 8, 2011

A Legal U-Turn

If wicked people turn from their wickedness, obey the law, and do what is just and right, they will save their lives.  (Ezekiel 18:27 NLT)

   Ezekiel is talking about repentance.  What is repentance, and why is it important?  According to Webster's dictionary repent simply means "to change one's mind," or "to turn from one's sin."

   When Jesus began to preach he said, "Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near" (Matthew 4:17).  A person can't turn from something without turning to something.  Therefore, repentance is a change of heart and mind - a new course or direction.

   The truth is you can't change yourself no matter how hard you try.  A change on the outside does not necessarily mean a change has taken place on the inside.  Renovation of the old man won't cut it.  A new heart and new spirit is needed.  In Ezekiel 36:26 God says, "And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.  I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender responsible heart."  

   So, how are you doing today?  Have you repented and received a new heart and spirit?  If you have, take a few moments to dot down a few words of praise.  If not, now is a good time to address the issue of sin and confess Christ as Savior.

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