May 8 – Moved to Follow

“I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.” – Ezekiel 36:27 (NASB)

All who truly believe in the Lord Jesus Christ have experienced a great change in our lives. The prophet Ezekiel was used by God to explain in part these words from God. The promise is for us as well. God’s plan and promise is that when we believe in Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit is sent to dwell, to live within us spiritually. When Jesus was still on earth He also made this promise of the Holy Spirit and He mentioned several functions which He would fill. One of these promised functions is in today’s verse. The Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of believers to motivate us to obey the Lord. As we trust in Him, we learn to sense the impulse within us often to do what is pleasing to God. In Hebrews 10:24, we are encouraged accordingly: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” It may reading the Bible or hearing the Word preached that our hearts are stirred with the desire to do what God says He wants in His Word. The stirring is the work of the Holy Spirit moving us to follow God’s will.