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Hardness of Heart

Pastor Jim Huthmaker

 

 

We are spirit, we are a soul, and we are a body.

Our spirit is our inner being.

Our soul is our mind, will and emotions.

Our body is our earth suit.

Our soul connects our spirit and our body.

 

The condition of our heart and hardness of heart:

 

When we harden our heart towards things, we can’t love the way God wants us to love. God has never had hardness of heart and neither should we. God has always been love; He is the definition of love.

 

Example of hardness of heart. Mark 6:45-52

The disciples had just saw the miracle of the loaves that Jesus performed, yet within a period after seeing the miracle they were in fear; they thought they were going to be stuck in the sea and drown.

 

The big 3 that get in the way:

(separate us from seeking and having what God has for us)

 

 

Fear

Anger

Simple Unbelief

Anxiety

Unforgiveness

Things of the world are magnified greater than God's plan for us.

Stress

Dissension

 

Worry

Bitterness

 

Pride

Jealousy

 

 

Animosity

 

These things harden our hearts to the things of God.

Hardening our heart is a process.

 

Harden - cold, insensitive, unfeeling, unyielding.

 

The characteristics of a hardened heart:

1. Not perceiving a spiritual truth.  Mark 6:45-52

2. A lack of understanding.  2 Peter 1

3. Can’t hear the voice of God.  1 Corinthians 2:14

4. Lack of spiritual memory.  John 14:26

5. Makes someone spiritually retarded (to slow down/to hinder).  Ephesians 4:17-18

                                                                                                     

 

What causes a hardened heart:

1. We are the ones that always harden our hearts; hardening our heart is a choice.

2. Unbelief is a byproduct.  Colossians 2:8

3. A person who knowingly goes against what God has for them to do is automatically heartening their heart.

4. Hardening of the heart is a process. Whatever we are meditating on, whatever our focus is on is what we are going to soften our heart to.

 

Mark 6:51-52 Whatever you consider is going to go straight to your heart. Whatever you consider, you have the potential to do that. For example, if you consider God’s word, that’s what your heart is going to soften to.

 

Consider - to think upon, to deliberate, to study, to examine, to ponder or meditate upon.

 

Whatever you consider, your heart becomes sensitive to. Whatever you fail to consider, your heart becomes hardened to.

 

2 Corinthians 10:5 We have complete control over what we think.