Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 29, 2015

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you … and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Chronicles 30:10-27.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Chronicles+30&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“10 So the couriers passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, and as far as Zebulun, but they laughed them to scorn and mocked them.  11 Nevertheless some men of Asher, Manasseh and Zebulun humbled themselves and came to Jerusalem.  12 The hand of God was also on Judah to give them one heart to do what the king and the princes commanded by the word of the Lord.

21 The sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day after day with loud instruments to the Lord.  22 Then Hezekiah spoke encouragingly to all the Levites who showed good insight in the things of the Lord.  So they ate for the appointed seven days, sacrificing peace offerings and giving thanks to the Lord God of their fathers.

23 Then the whole assembly decided to celebrate the feast another seven days, so they celebrated the seven days with joy.  24 For Hezekiah king of Judah had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 7,000 sheep, and the princes had contributed to the assembly 1,000 bulls and 10,000 sheep; and a large number of priests consecrated themselves.  25 All the assembly of Judah rejoiced, with the priests and the Levites and all the assembly that came from Israel, both the sojourners who came from the land of Israel and those living in Judah.  26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there was nothing like this in Jerusalem since the days of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.  27 Then the Levitical priests arose and blessed the people;  and their voice was heard and their prayer came to His holy dwelling place, to heaven.”  2 Chronicles Chapter 30:  Verses 10-12 and 21-27.

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We would be like those who scorned and mocked the messengers who brought good news of the invitation to the Passover, but for the hand of the LORD also on us giving us one heart to seek the LORD too.  Verses 10-12.

“Total Depravity” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation, humbles us.  We recognize that we need the hand of the LORD on us and a new heart too.  We recognize that our own alleged free-will, our own wisdom, and our own strength are not be sufficient to cause us to repent and follow the LORD.

“22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.  23 I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.  Then the nations will know that I am the Lord,” declares the Lord God, “when I prove Myself holy among you in their sight.  24 For I will take you from the nations, gather you from all the lands and bring you into your own land. 25 Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean;  I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.  26 Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  27 I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:22-27.

Praise God for that wonderful word “cause” that we so desperately need!

This new heart, this new spirit, and this “cause” are summarized by “Irresistible Grace” of “TULIP”, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.  “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;  and I will raise him up on the last day.”  John 6:44.  “All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.  For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.”  John 6:37-39.


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