Moments with Maker Devotional Week #5
Heart of Stone
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, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations. – Ezekiel 36:26-27
As God seekers there are certain times in our life when God needs to perform heart surgery.
The very first and essential heart surgery is when a person asks the Lord into their heart. He washes away their sin and cleanses them from all unrighteousness (see 1 John 1:9). I was only 4 1/2 when I asked Jesus in my heart. I was sitting in the living room talking with my mom, dad, and older sister about Jesus.
That day Jesus performed the most important heart surgery of my entire life and I am so thankful I said YES to Him!
In my late twenties I encountered a huge bump in the road of my life. Things were falling apart all around me- my life was not what I had dreamed it was going to be:
- My marriage was in turmoil
- I was a new mom with a newborn who was colic for nine months (yes, nine months)
- Financial stress due to me leaving work to be stay at home mom
- Husband increasing work hours to six days a week
- My relationship with the Lord was struggling
- I felt isolated and alone
- I was mad at God for all the above plus more
Have you ever been there?
You think to yourself, “How has my life turned out this way?”
There were moments I wanted to run from all my problems or bury my head in the sand and act like nothing was wrong BUT there were so many things wrong.
Deep down I had only two real options:
Stay put and get BITTER
Reach out and get BETTER
I knew the Lord was calling me to reach out and get better, but part of me (my unhealthy stubborn wounded heart) wanted to stay put and get bitter. I know it doesn’t make any logical sense, but that is what I wanted to do. It was during that time the Lord asked me a question.
The Lord asked me if He could change my heart. To change my hear to be more like His. I decided to say yes again tot he Lord! This would mark 24 years later from my first heart surgery of my salvation.
You see, God is a gentleman.
He will not force any of us change if we are not willing to surrender to Him, even if it’s for our own good.
After surrendering to the Lord, I finally reached out for help. The Lord lead me to a godly counselor who gave me the tools and scriptures to receive healing in my life. It was a gift straight from the Lord.
Nearly nine months later the Lord lead me to the very verse above in Ezekial and I realized He was taking my heart of stone and putting a new spirit in me.
I had built up so many walls around my heart, and the Lord was taking it down piece by piece.
The process of change was painful at times and felt even unbearable on some days but by the end of the healing process, I was utterly in love with the Make of my soul.
My dear friend if the Lord is asking to perform surgery on your heart, it is for your good because He loves you with an everlasting, unfailing love.
He is at the door of your heart knocking.
Will you answer Him?
Will you dare to know your God in a deeper and more intimate way?
Reach out today and get help. Call a trusted friend or family member and share with them all that is going on and what your struggling with. Open up the Word of God and let him speak to you right where you’re at.
Even though there were times of deep pain on my journey- the pain was for a purpose: to receive true healing from my Lord and Savior.
I never regret saying yes to God.
I am so thankful that the Lord not only changes us for our own good, but He also desires to bring beauty from our pain. All glory and honor goes to the Lord, for without His healing touch I would be nothing without Him.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10 NIV).
Dear friend, is God asking you get better in a specific area of your life?
If so, I pray you will be brave enough to GET BETTER with Christ guiding you through your journey of healing.
If you missed any of the previous weeks of Moments with Maker Devotionals, you can find them here:
Holding Onto What? // Week #1 – here
Take Your Land // Week #2 – here
Tears in a Bottle // Week #3 – here
A Love Story // Week #4 – here
**Moments with Maker will be a weekly devotional blog series from my Moments with Maker Devotional book I am preparing to publish – 365 Daily Devotionals. I will be sharing 52 devotionals with you through out the year to encourage, build up, edify and draw you closer to the Maker of your soul.