“That they may walk in My statutes and keep My judgments and do them; and they  shall be My people, and I will be their God”. Eze. 11:20
TEXTUAL SOURCE: Ezekiel 11:18-21 Ephesians 4:22-25
Mr Bala is a farmer. He has some grains which he had dried after the last harvest, but now he needs fresh grains to feed his entire family. He, therefore, would have to till the ground and sow those grains to yield fresh grains for his family.
Our memory verse is in the same line with the above illustration, God is an awesome God who detests anything “SINFUL” and so if He will use us, we must have a new heart. Recall from the instance above that the farmer needs the new harvest as the old is not fit to be used for food. It depends on our willingness to have a change of heart. Eph. 4:22, “That ye put off [the old man, old heart or old nature] …”; Note that this is “active”. It is after this time that our spirit will be renewed by the power of God (v.23).

There are tendencies that one can possibly wander away from the right path that has been chosen, hence the need to make conscious efforts to stay clean. God is aware of this. This is why He tells us in verse 25 of the Ephesians to be “putting away” (continuous tense) anything that is capable of weighing us down spiritually.
Coming to Ezekiel 11:18, it also gives anchor to the necessity of making deliberate effort towards getting a “new heart (a new life)”. When God sees our “readiness”, He comes to renew our hearts. Just as He promised this renewal of life; He, therefore, gives us power to live above sins, above the princes of this world and rulers of the dark places. The turning point is realizing that “I need a new heart” to become a son of God.
Summarily, God is interested in our hearts, and He feels happy  when we turn to Him and make sure that we live our lives without sin.
PRAYER: Psalm 51:10-11 (NIV) – 
Create in me a clean heart, O God,  And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence,  And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
REFERENCES: Eze. 11:18-21; Eph 4:22-25; Psa 51:10, 11.
By: Chris Awodi

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