He Changed Me: A Devotional

He Changed Me: A Devotional
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But if a wicked person . . . does what is just and right, they will save their life.
- Ezekiel 18:27

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Ezekiel 18:25–32

When John, who ran the biggest brothel in London, was sent to prison, he falsely believed, I’m a good guy. While there, he decided to attend the Bible study at the prison because there was cake and coffee, but he was struck by how happy the other inmates seemed to be. He started to cry during the first song and later received a Bible. Reading from the prophet Ezekiel changed him, hitting him “like a thunderbolt.” He read, “But if a wicked person turns away from [their] wickedness . . . and does what is just and right, . . . that person will surely live; they will not die” (18:27–28). God’s Word came alive to him and he realized, “I wasn’t a good guy . . . I was wicked and I needed to change.” While praying with the pastor, he said, “I found Jesus Christ and He changed me.”

These words from Ezekiel were spoken to God’s people when they were in exile. Although they had turned from God, He longed that they would rid themselves of their offenses and “get a new heart and a new spirit” (v. 31). Those words helped John to “Repent and live!” (v. 32) as he followed Jesus, the One who called sinners to repentance (Luke 5:32).

May we respond to the Spirit’s conviction of sin, that we too might enjoy forgiveness and freedom.

By: Amy Boucher Pye

It has been a while since I last posted a devotional. But this here touched me. I can relate to John in a way that I also did a lot of wrongdoings in the past. I went to a gathering before and it, too, changed my thoughts. It showed me how wrong I was living my life. It was God’s way of telling me that I still have a chance to right my wrongs. That was the best decision I have ever made, to change my wrong ways and start living by God’s word. It is never to late to change, God is patiently waiting for us.

There may be times when we get overwhelmed with life that we unconsciously turn our backs on God. But in spite of this, He never gets tired of calling us to open our hearts and accept Him. To let go of our sinfulness so that He can create us anew.

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Indeed! After numerous times of falling and failing, He remained patient and understanding. We are really blessed to have such a loving God.