REMOVING THE HEART OF STONE

If we are honest, all of us have issues and problems. In fact, we’ll continue in bad habits, bad manners, anger, depression, rebellion sexual immorality, and altogether ugly stuff unless we call upon and believe upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. He left us His Holy Spirit so we can be free from slavery to sin. Without God’s Holy Spirit sin overpowers us.

Without a Savior, we end up destroying ourselves! God wants to regenerate us, renew us and change our hearts and minds so that we will be in sync with his plans and purposes for our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future, and a hope says Jeremiah 29:11. You see, God is not trying to cause us misery and pain.

God loves us so dearly! Once we understand the power of God’s love, we will desire change. In fact, we wish to draw nearer to God. God wants to change us from the inside out so we can be more like Him. Ezekiel 36:26  (ESV) states: “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” This is called being born again. Are you truly born again? Is God’s Holy Spirit dwelling inside you?

Bitterness Steals Blessings

Bitterness is bitter feelings that result in hostility towards others. The Bible teaches us to “get rid of all bitterness, rage, and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” The Bible reminds us of the good fruits of being “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ forgave us.”  Read and study Ephesians 4:31-32
When we give in to bitterness and allow it to rule our hearts, we become unbalanced in our spirit. Such unchecked fury and anger often lead to the destruction of ourselves and others.

A bitter person is hard to be around. Bitterness is a sin against God, and those who continue in bitterness will not inherit His kingdom see Galatians 5:19-2. Furthermore, Hebrews 12:15 warns us to “see to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

We must always be on guard and not allow “bitter roots” to grow in our hearts; such roots will cause us to fall short of the grace of God. God wants His people to live in love, joy, peace, and holiness—not in bitterness.