“我也要赐给你们一个新心，将新灵放在你们里面，又从你们的肉体中除掉石心，赐给你们肉心。 我必将我的灵放在你们里面，使你们顺从我的律例，谨守遵行我的典章。” 以西结书 36:26-27
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. E Z E K I E L 3 6 : 2 6 – 2 7
Fruit is best when it is ripe and washed, but fruit that is forced is bitter. Fruit that is infected is sickening and fruit that goes wasted is rotten. I’m sure glad that Jesus produces ripe, clean fruit in you. As you root deeply into him, he prepares his characteristics to emerge from you and have tremendous impact, both in your life and in the lives of those around you. In this way,
Jesus changes you and he changes everything every day through you. Jesus is hard at work in your life. He doesn’t just check in with you when you are afraid and call out to him. He checks in with you constantly. He is connected to you. You have infiltrated his heart and he is flowing through you. Allow him to separate you from sin and dedicate you to a new life in him. Allow him to conform you to his Spirit, to be made like him in the way you think and in what you imagine is possible.
Jesus, as you are producing your good within me and through me, let me be a blessing to others. Amen.
In trials and temptations, choose not to rely upon yourself. Instead, draw near to God and give the test to him.