Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the Law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach statutes and ordinances in Israel.
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When Herbert Chavez was growing up in the Philippines, he loved watching Superman on television, and as an adult he determined to become like his superhero. According to newspaper reports, Chavez has undergone many plastic surgeries, subjecting himself to at least nineteen procedures all designed to make him look like the Man of Steel.
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If a man can be that passionate about transforming himself into a comic book hero, surely we Christians can purpose in our hearts to become like the Lord Jesus Christ. We can be like Daniel, who purposed in his heart not to be defiled. We can be like Ezra, who prepared his heart to seek the Lord. We can be like Paul, who longed to be conformed to the image of the Lord Jesus. When we’re yielded to the Lord, invested in His Word daily, obeying His commands, and seeking to share His message with others, we’re becoming like Christ. It’s the Holy Spirit who reproduces the character of Christ within us. That’s not just a super life. It’s a supernatural one.
God … Please keep my eyes focused on the only target worth hitting — Christlikeness!
Johnny Hunt, in The One Year Devotional Prayer Book
By David Jeremiah.