“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.” Ezekiel 36:26
This world is full of people who need a change of heart, especially those in a culture of racism. It seems impossible they could ever change their heart from hate to love. I came across a news story where this very thing happened.
In this news story, there is a man named Michael, who was a Neo-Nazi. He went to jail and was released on probation. An African-American woman, named Tiffany was assigned to be his probation officer. She said she wasn’t there to judge him, but to help him. Tiffany noticed he still had a Nazi flag hanging on his wall. It was the first thing he would see in the morning.
As she established trust with him, she told him to get rid of the flag and put happy faces on his wall or something more positive. She said the flag will only keep the hate in his heart. The amazing thing, he listened to her suggestion and he changed.
Michael said the smiley faces gave him motivation to work and be productive. He said her friendship gave him the love and support he needed to change and see people differently. Due to her support, he removed or changed his Neo-Nazi tattoos.
As I watched this news segment, I thanked God for using this probation officer to change this hard heart. This change only came from the Holy Spirit. If this man could change, anyone could change.
Here is the news story on Michael and Tiffany:
When we ask God into our heart, we will think and act differently. Jesus came to redeem us from our sins. In that process of redemption change happens. I know when we give our hearts to God, change is inevitable. If Jesus is Lord of your life, allow that change to happen.
And sometimes we need a scenery change, even when we know the Lord. The enemy will attempt to keep us inactive in doing things in the name of the Lord. My friend is writing a book about her testimony. Her testimony will bring so many to Jesus. The enemy gave her so much distraction, she wasn’t writing at all.
I saw her desk where she writes. She has a window to look out but there is no real view. I asked her what type of scenery she likes. “Water”was her response. Then, I thought about the story about that man who changed his heart and remembered I had a 2018 calendar of Hawaii my parents gave me. So I gave it to her. She said she loves looking at it and even wrote for a few hours that day!
Sometimes a change of heart/scenery is needed to get past that difficult point in life.
Lesson Learned: Let’s allow our that change in our heart, so we can change and ultimately bring Jesus to others.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for trying to do everything ourselves. Give us ears to hear, eyes to see and a mouth to speak. Let us hear your instruction. Search my heart and change the areas where we need. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”