This morning, my eyes held to this verse:   I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land.  (Ezekiel 36:14)

Though spoken by the Lord regarding his restoration of Israel, I saw more — something there for each one of us today.  Read the words slowly.  Break it into bites like this:

I will put my Spirit in you.

When God puts His Spirit in us, we are changed in ways that transform us.  Everything about us is altered when His Spirit comes in.  Anxiety is replaced with peace.  Confusion is replaced with direction.  Anger and hatred are replaced with calm and love.   We set aside judgment and choose patience and lending help to those in need. 

You will live.

When we are filled with the Spirit of God and have this life transformation, everything becomes different.  We move from a survival mode to truly living.  We grasp life joyfully and gratefully.  We feel excited about our part in His great design.  We seek out our purpose and live it enthusiastically.   We bear fruit.  We truly live!    

I will settle you in your own land.

When our lives are transformed by the Holy Spirit, and we live obedient to God with complete abandon, He will indeed settle us in a place of faith and blessing.  Our land will be a place where God reigns supreme.  It will be a place of growing daily in His wisdom and love; it will be a place of comfort and peace, of complete security.   It will be living under the wing of the Almighty.