The Lord knows us intimately, down to our deepest desires and inner brokenness.
I remember once reading a passage where the Lord cautioned the Israelites against hardening their hearts. I’m sure many of you viscerally know what this means. We put our guard up all the time, emotionally hardening ourselves to cope with the difficulties of the world. The hardened heart, however, restricts the power of the Spirit to breathe life and change us for the Lord’s plan and purpose.
“Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live, and I will settle in your own land.” Ezekiel 1:13
Notice how Ezekiel says that the Spirit is a prerequisite to life! The promises of this world are covered in glitz and glam but unsatisfying in the end.
Ezekiel recounts looking around at the dry bones around him: “…And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.”
Are you carrying the Lord with you? Or are you walking in a spiritual desert? You do not have to stay. By confessing your shortcomings to God through prayer, you can have a personal relationship once again. By accepting the Spirit, we invite the Spirit’s fruits, peace, patience, and self-control, among others, to make their dwelling in us! How beautiful does a life filled with these fruits sound?