Scripture Of The Week

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. Ez. 36:26

According to the Mayo Clinic, heart transplants are performed when all other treatments for heart problems have failed. Numerous factors must be present in a patient to warrant a heart transplant. Such factors include lifestyle and medical history. While receiving a donor heart can save and often transform a life, transplants also carry the potential for rejection. They are also extremely costly, both in terms of the wait and recovery times and actual medical expenses.

In Ezekiel’s day, Israel had heart trouble, too, a spiritual heart problem, that is. There was nothing left that could be done for the nation other than a spiritual heart transplant. The same thing can be said for much of America and the world today. We only need to watch the nightly news to come to the same conclusion.

But, God says there are requirements for His kind of heart transplant.  While He’s always ready to do it, the recipient must also be ready. They must be ready for repentance and a broken-hearted sincerity. God’s transplants not only transforms lives, He saves them through it.  Is it costly?  Yes, but the shed blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary has paid the cost.  Yet, there are many in need who have yet to accept His offer of spiritual  heart “surgery.”  Lets pray for the people of the nation that their stone-cold hearts will be turned to flesh, that they would be open to having a spiritual heart transplant.  Also, pray for those in the powerful seats of government, and those now running for office, that they too will have transplant-ready hearts.

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