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‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.’ Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV

Cyprian, a wealthy noble who lived during the third century, enjoyed galloping about Carthage in his gold and bejewelled chariot. He wore fancy clothes studded with diamonds and precious stones and lived an immoral life. In a letter to one of the Christian theologians of his time, Cyprian said he couldn’t possibly imagine how he could change the life he had lived for so long. The hardened habits, tastes and desires that he had developed, the sins he embraced—how could he possibly give these things up? How could he ever become like the Christians he saw? He said it seemed to be an utterly impossible thing.

Yet in the mysterious providence and grace of God, the very thing which seemed utterly impossible came to pass and Cyprian was transformed. God reached down and took out of Cyprian the stony heart and placed within him a heart of flesh—a heart tuned to love God and sing His praises. Cyprian, who later became one of the great Christian leaders of the early church, said things that before had seemed utterly impossible, mysterious, and difficult to understand had all become plain. All his problems had disappeared.

You might be holding back because you don’t understand the new birth. The good news is you don’t have to. You just have to trust in Christ and be born again. All kinds of people—the great and the mighty, the low and the noble, the wild and the sophisticated—have experienced the regenerating power of God and enjoyed a new life in Christ. And you can too. See

SoulFood: Acts 3:11–5:42, Matt 26:47–56, Ps 123, Pro 16:1

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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