God wants us to have a “heart of flesh” that is pliable and responsive to Him. Much like a lump of clay in a potter’s hand, a tender heart is more easily shaped by God’s character and desires. The problem, if you have not noticed, is that our hearts are inherently rigid. To remove this rigidity, we read in the New Testament that God sent His Holy Spirit to indwell each believer in order to soften and sensitize hearts to His leading.
Ezekiel prophesied of the day when the Spirit would indwell the heart of every believer: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will … give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (vv. 26-27). When we submit to the Lord, He imparts great wisdom to our soft hearts. We are then more ready to deal with sin in our lives and return to a place of obedience and blessing.
What are warning signs that your heart’s spiritual health is not what it ought to be?