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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 28
Promise for New Hearts
14m • June 30, 2021

God’s people have failed over and over again. Will there ever be a day when we get it right?

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God's people fail over and over again. We're so messed up. Will there ever be a day when we get it right? The prophet Ezekiel said that God would renew his covenant by renewing hearts, and he'd do this by giving his own Spirit to those who trusted in him. God fulfilled his promise through Jesus. Now as followers of Jesus, we are invited to practice living with his Spirit. And as we do, we find our hearts are being renewed every day, filled with new desires and new decisions to love God and one another. Let's reflect on this.

Bible Reading: Ezekiel 36:22-28

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is one specific area in your life that God has renewed by his Spirit?
  2. What is one specific thing that may be hindering your life with God's Spirit?
  3. What is one step you can take with God's Spirit today to overcome that hindrance?

Show Credits:

Host: Cheree Hayes Message: Dr. Tim Mackie Bible Reading: Michelle Jones Production: Dan Gummel and Zach McKinley Theme music: Grant William Harold Background Music: Josh Leake, Chapters Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. What is one specific area in your life that God has renewed by his Spirit? Share your story.
  2. What is one specific thing that may be hindering your life with God’s Spirit?
  3. What is one step you can take with God’s Spirit today to overcome that hindrance?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

Message Question:
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Ezekiel 36:22-36

God’s people have failed over and over again. Will there ever be a day when we get it right? The book of Ezekiel teaches us that while moral failures are costly, God is still faithful. He doesn’t abandon us. Instead, he promises to renew our hearts.

  1. The people’s sin polluted the reputation of God’s name. As you carefully review today's passage, what does God specifically decide to do about it and why? Make a list.

  2. With your list in mind, what does this response teach us about God’s character? How is this surprising or inspiring to you?

  3. Consider how certain behaviors may have misrepresented God’s reputation to your family, coworkers, or neighborhood. What is one specific way you can cooperate with God’s Spirit to recover an accurate reflection of his character in those spaces?

  4. Take some time to pray. Express your appreciation for God’s redemptive promises. Admit any specific areas where you or your community are failing to reflect God’s character. Seek to rely on his Spirit to renew his reflection in those areas.

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