Friday, May 28, 2010

The Danger of a Hardening Heart

I like Charles Stanley and thought this lesson was a really good one esp on top of the video by Mark Hall. The bible warns us to hold fast to our salvation. Don't let it slip away because you aren't paying attention.

The Danger of a Hardening Heart

Hebrews 3:7-19 Their link was actually a different version but I am an old fashioned King James Version kind of person. I have 3 versions out when I study. I read it first in King James and then use a New International and then I can't remember what the other version is but I compare them all and let the Holy Spirit teach me what He will.

God repeatedly calls to His children, but the condition of each heart determines the result. Those with soft and tender hearts hear His voice and yield to Him in obedience, but those with hard hearts resist His warnings and instructions. Surprisingly, upon hearing the same voice, some believers are motivated to a deeper and more obedient relationship with the Lord, while others reject and refuse Him.

Since hardening is a slow process that’s often accompanied by rationalizations and excuses, the danger signs may not be readily recognized. How do you respond when the Lord speaks to you through His Word, your conscience, or messages based on Scripture? Carefully consider the following characteristics of a hardening heart:

• Insensitivity or resistance to what God says

• Refusal to put yourself under His authority

• Disobedience to what you know the Lord is instructing you to do

• Justification of sinful conduct

• Resistance to the reproof of others

• Preoccupation with the things of this world (career, relationships, possessions)

• Little interest in spiritual matters

• Absence of private devotion (Bible reading and prayer)

• Avoidance of public worship (gathering with other believers)

A hard heart does not have to stay in that condition. If you have discovered any of the above traits in your life, begin today to return to the Lord. Ask Him to give you a new heart to know Him (Jer. 24:7). Remember, He specializes in making all things new (2 Cor. 5:17).

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