Saturday, July 29, 2023

Smith: our will

Saturday, July 29, 2023
    Feast of Mary, Martha & Lazarus, Companions of Our Lord
    [The LORD:] “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
    —Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NIV)
    Every mother knows that she could secure perfect and easy obedience in her child, if she could only get into that child’s will and work it for him, making him want himself to do the things she willed he should. And this is what our Father does for His children in the new dispensation,—He writes His laws on our hearts and on our minds, and we love them, and are drawn to our obedience by our affections and judgment, not driven by our fears.
    ... Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911), Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life, London: F. E. Longley, 1876, p. 130 (see the book)
    See also Eze. 36:25-27; Jer. 31:33-34; Eze. 11:19; John 14:16-17,26; Rom. 8:6-7; 2 Cor. 3:3; Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 8:10-13; 10:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have remade my heart.
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