Do You Want To Change?

When my grandson received a robot, he had a great deal of fun programming it to do simple tasks. He could make it move forward, stop, and then retrace its steps. He could even get it to make sounds and replay recorded voices. The robot did exactly what my grandson instructed it to do. It never smiled spontaneously or veered off in an unplanned direction. The robot actually had no choice. When God created humans, He didn't make robots. God made us in His image, and this means we can think, reason, and make decisions. We are able to choose between right and wrong. Even if we have made a habit of being disobedient to God, we can decide to redirect our lives.

When the ancient Israelites  found themselves in trouble with God, He spoke to them through the prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel said, "Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall ...Get a new heart and a new spirit" (Ezekiel 18:30-31). This type of change can begin with just one choice, empowered by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:13). It could very well be "no" at a crucial moment. No more gossip. No more greed, No more jealousy. If you know Jesus, you are not a slave to sin. You can choose to change, and with God's help, this personal revolution can start today.  Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit(Ezekiel 18:25-32)

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