I had some time last week to fast, pray, and do battle in the Spirit. I was able to stay home and read my bible, pray and listen to Christian radio programs. It's always interesting to see what the Lord will reveal through his word and what he will impress on my spirit and heart. If he confirms that with a word from Charles Stanley or Chuck Swindoll- I always mix those guys up- or Ravi Zacharias or June Hunt, then I feel that I'm on the right track.
The Lord seemed to be trying to show me that it was by his mercy that I have come to know him and that it was He who replaced my heart of stone with a heart of flesh and He put his Spirit in me. It was not by my own righteousness. Therefore, he can and will draw loved ones and others to him. That realization lifted a burden and allowed my faith to spring forth. Later that day June Hunt read this scripture:
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them.
We can't do open heart surgery on ourselves or anyone else. He can and will. Because he loves us so much. I know he does.