While reading Ezekiel 37:21b-23 quoted below, the phrase “nor with their detestable things” caught my eye. My thoughts dwelled on “my former life” and how I as a sinner lived with those detestable things. (My thoughts, lusts, and covetousness was a major part of my life.) It could be said, I wallowed within those “detestable things.”
When I finally accepted Jesus (at age 51) most of those “detestable things” went away. I purposed in my heart to be in Church under the Word of God, (being in Church at the appointed time) to learn about my new path in life, a path of righteousness.
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: …
This phrase also makes me consider my current walk. “Am I still lugging around “detestable things” that would dishonour God? Is it something that will keep me from Glorifying God? I can only resolve these answers in prayer, however, I can say I am not enveloped in an abiding sin. Yet, what is keeping me from drawing nearer to God and His Son Jesus?”
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
In order for us to have “full assurance of faith” we must have a “true heart” (a sincere heart.)
You are the only one who knows the condition of your heart. To ready your heart you must remove the evil thoughts in which your mind is laden. You need to be reading God’s Word (KJB) and spending more time in prayer. As you read and as you pray, you will find that repentance (changing your ways) will become easier. You will eventually know you are cleansed and your Faith has grown more true and sincere.
“So join with me and consider what your “detestable things” are, (what they might be.) If you do what is necessary, you will make the transition from “the old life to the new life.”
Bro. John R. E Chastain
Ezekiel 37:21-23 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: 23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.