These were not the type of hearts I expected to see on Valentine’s Day. It was a dreary landscape capturing my attention in a split second. As I prayed in the Spirit yesterday morning, I began to get a picture and in this picture was a line of caskets with hearts of stone inside each one. It grieved me to see these hearts.
I wanted to see them beating, releasing the cadence of that familiar sound John the Beloved heard as he laid his head upon the chest of Jesus. I began to hear the words of Ezekiel 36 spoken over these hearts and I knew that transformation was on the winds of His breath. God’s desire to see these hearts beat once again was being branded upon my heart and His Presence arose on the inside of me to release a prayer for transformation and unification within the bride of Christ.
What I am about to say will challenge and offend those within the body of Christ, but it needs to be said. As I write the following words, they are pouring from a place of humility and love, a vessel aching to see a unified bride bearing a heart branded by fire and the Name of God.
The words of Ezekiel 36
There are hearts of stone amidst the body of Christ, lying in state within their caskets. They are content to use the name of God as their marker, hardened and barren of any trace of the life Jesus declared. Some within the body are yielding to the process of hardening as the cold touch of disappointment, bondage, idolatry and other things penetrates the core, stifling the heartbeat of compassion, intercession and the genuine love of God.
Ezekiel 36:25-27 says,
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleanness, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Having a cold and hardened heart produces stones in hands that should be used for blessing and not cursing. People with hardened hearts hurl the word repentance, abandoning restoration and reconciliation to a state of intended reformation in Christ because they delight in devouring the sheep rather than reconciling the sheep back to the Shepherd.
It is this state of hardening that severs the individual from the body of Christ, resulting in an amputated limb and a heart that cannot receive the Spirit of God as He promised. Paul told us that there are many parts, but one body (1 Corinthians 12:20). The body is supposed to be whole in order to function properly. A severed limb loses its lifeblood and its function within the body of Christ though it wants to retain its position while causing decay to the body.
White washed tombs with hearts
The Lord desires His bride to have His heart and to be unified. Professing Christ means that we are letters from Christ, a letter not written with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, a letter not written on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts (2 Corinthians 3:3).
However, there is a serious problem and we are warned in the Word about hearts growing cold in the last days. The problem is those of us in the body anticipated it coming from the world without taking notice that parts of the body lost the circulation of heaven. Hearts have died, yielding to a state of white washed monuments encasing chambered organs that are silent and barren of transformation.
As I meditate on this, I am grieved because I find areas of my heart hardened toward those who are hardened. I want to know why we are not grieved by this as the bride of Christ. Why are we giving in to such disdain and disunity? None of us are immune from this plague that wants to kill the heartbeat of God within us. The enemy wants to divide the body up into pieces and many within the body are helping him in ignorance and in arrogance. This ought not to be so.
Let’s fulfill the transformation!
The Lord revealed to Ezekiel a transformation coming to His body. A cleansing must come before a new heart can reside where His Spirit can rest. God said He will put His instruction on our hearts and He will write them on our minds (Hebrews 10:16). When we answer His invitation to be His, we become His. God did not highlight Ezekiel 36 to me to curse these hearts of stone. He urged me to call them back to life and to forsake their inglorious monuments.
I speak a softening to the hard hearted so that true cleansing can come and a new heart can be transplanted for His habitation. I declare by the Spirit of God that severed limbs in the Spirit are being reattached to the body in their rightful position and that His Blood restores life back to them. Refuse to be hardened and welcome the Spirit of God to write His instruction upon your heart and your mind. Jesus will have His bride. The question remains, will you remain?