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It’s Friday! I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Many of us writing on that same word.

Today’s prompt is … Create.

With the word prompt before me, I sit for a few minutes to think. Quietly the words begin to run through my head …

“Create in me a clean heart,  O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.”
(Psalm 51:10, NLT)

They were words I had recently read as my heart (maybe yours as well), needs to cleaned out often (dare I say, daily?) in order to remain constant, steadfast, and loyal to both God and those I love.

In studying the verse, I learned the word ‘create’ means a totally new one rather than a refashioning of the old one (my take from the Old Testament Lexical Aids). Relief washed over me when I read the definition.

Apart from God, there is nothing good about my old heart. My heart needs a do-over more often than my hair and/or makeup. My heart would become callous and unfeeling and wander if not for the work of Holy Spirit.

God does not merely repair my old heart. He replaces it with a new one, unalloyed in nature. He gives me a heart that is ready and desires to obey and serve Him. My heart is enabled to break over the things which break His heart.

And the thing about this new heart is that He gives a new heart each time I come before Him in repentance ….

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.” (Ezekiel 36: 26-27, NLT)

He creates in me a new heart.
He gives me His Spirit which produces an entirely new ability to follow Him.
I are a new creation!


Today I am joining …. Five Minute Friday and Faith Filled Friday and Grace & Truth and #FreshMarketFriday .