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God Promises Us a New Spirit

Sometimes when we stray from the path God is leading us on, it can feel overwhelming. Often, lies can sneak their way into our heads, hurt us, and sink us deep into a spiritual low.

Check out how Lila Janet Letica reminds us that God provides hope and promises to refresh us with a new spirit during these low points as she explores a verse from Ezekiel.


“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 11:19).

Written by Lila Janet Letica

If I’m being honest, my relationship with God has had its ups and downs. Sometimes, I’m less committed to walking with him, and it shows. In times when I’m at a spiritual low, I feel anxious ALL THE TIME, and hear voices attacking me in the back of my head, telling me I’m not enough. The scariest feeling is when I believe them, I give in, and spiral. It’s exhausting and (frustratingly) cyclical.

The Book of Ezekiel tells the story of how God allowed his people to be pushed out of Jerusalem as a consequence of them running from him. They were driven out of their homeland and scattered around the world (scary stuff, I know). God allowed this to teach them that the people should be putting their faith in him and not falling into the wickedness around them.

The people were confused and hurt that God left them all scattered, even though they knew it was due to the disarray and evil that was taking over Jerusalem. But God promised to bring them back together, saying that when he did, he would “give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them” (see Ezekiel 11:16-19).

Why It Matters

When we pull away from our relationship with God—when we stop praying, stop talking to him—we’re letting the enemy win. However, if we return to God, he’ll soften our hearts. For me, he allowed empathy and emotion back in after a long time of me ignoring my feelings, and it feels so good to feel again… albeit a ‘lil scary. If you’re at a point where you’ve pulled back from faith, know that God still wants you. You’ll see he’s right there waiting for you. I hope you’ll open your heart and be refreshed with a new spirit in you.


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