Ezekiel 11:19 (AMP)
19 And I will give them one heart [a new heart] and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony [unnaturally hardened] heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh [sensitive and responsive to the touch of their God],
We can live a God willed life or a self-willed life. When we live the self-willed life we may have more miserable moments in our life. A lot of our joy can be lost because we are full of ourselves. We cannot solve our own problems. When we are self-willed we rely on our flesh rather than God and when we fall short we become disappointed and sad.
We can learn to think and love like God does. We can will to be like God but the problem is we still have self-will that can be pretty strong. It is like we always end up doing what we should not do rather than doing what we should do. When that happens we start to condemn ourselves and fight the same battles over and over.
The good news is that God can teach us how to say yes to God and no to our flesh. This is not something that happens over-night and it is something that takes a lot of practice. Areas of weakness always seem to creep up in my life where I find I need work in this area. I hate for my flesh to be uncomfortable. The only way to get over this is by going through the pain of getting to where you want to be.
When we decide to die to sin it will be painful while we are dying but once we are dead to that area of sin in our life there will be no more pain and we will have achieved something. God has a great plan for us but the sad thing is we really never see what God can do through one person who is completely obedient.
We have to die to live – the more we die to our selfish ways the more we can live for Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:10-12 (AMP)
10 Always carrying about in the body the liability and exposure to the same putting to death that the Lord Jesus suffered, so that the [[a]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be shown forth by and in our bodies.
11 For we who live are constantly [experiencing] being handed over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the [[b]resurrection] life of Jesus also may be evidenced through our flesh which is liable to death.
12 Thus death is actively at work in us, but [it is in order that [c]our] life [may be actively at work] in you.