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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, May 9, 2017
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Ezekiel’s solution to the problem of inherited guilt is for each person to have a changed life. This is God’s work in us and not something we can do for ourselves. The Holy Spirit does it. If we renounce our life’s direction of sin and rebellion and turn to God, he will give us a new direction, a new love, and a new power to change. You can begin by faith, trusting in His power to change your heart and mind. Then determine to live each day with Him in control. (NLT)
Ezekiel 18:30-32 – “Therefore, I will judge each of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn from your sins! Don’t let them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you, and get for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you to die, says the Sovereign Lord. Turn back and live!
Today’s scripture reading:
The Pharisees strained their water so they wouldn’t accidentally swallow a gnat—an unclean insect according to the law. Meticulous about the details of ceremonial cleanliness, they nevertheless had lost their perspective on inner purity. They were ceremonially clean on the outside but corrupt hearts. (NLT)
Matthew 23:23-26 – [Jesus said] “How terrible it will be for you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but you should not leave undone the more important things. Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat; then you swallow a camel!
“How terrible it will be for your teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! Blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup, and then the outside will become clean, too.”
Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. –Ezekiel 18:31 (NIV)
Gale A. Richards (Iowa) titled his story “CLEAN VIEWING;” here is a portion of Gale’s story:
“Winter seemed to drag on for months and left all the windows of our home covered with a dull film. On the first nice day of spring, my wife washed them. . . . Later, as we looked out a window together, she said, ‘How bright and new the world looks through clean windows!’
“This experience reminded me how my perspective changed when I first accepted Christ. . . . I saw God’s presence everywhere. I wondered how I had missed seeing this for so long. Then I realized that the world hadn’t changed; I had been changed.
“True, there is evil in the world, but God’s love is always working in the world. God calls us to repent and to seek clean hearts. Our living in unrepentant sin gives each day a dark and ominous feeling. However, with repentance and forgiveness, every day takes on a bright, clean appearance. The change can be like beginning a new life.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God’s love fills us with the light of new life.
Prayer: Dear God, fill our hearts with your love so that we can share it with people we encounter. Amen.
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