The Dangers of a Hard Heart
Have you been disappointed? Have you been betrayed? Have you ever been frustrated that things haven’t gone how you thought they would? Have you gotten offended at something or someone? I am sure your answer to all those questions is yes. But, do you know the dangerous part of answering yes to any of those questions?
They cause a hard heart! And many Christians, if not most, are walking around with a hard heart. Why? Because everyone at some point has been hurt, betrayed, let down, disappointed, etc etc etc. And instead of acknowledging the situation and finding healing and freedom in situations, Christians tend to stuff it down and when they do? It clogs their heart!
Much like what happens to a physical heart; the spiritual heart can’t function when it’s clogged. Do you know what happens to a persons physical heart when it gets clogged and becomes hard? It eventually leads to death and a hard spiritual heart will do the exact same thing.
Before moving forward, let me share with you several passages that address a hard heart:
The first I want to share is Luke 8:10 which says, “Later his disciples came to Jesus and asked him privately what deeper meaning was found in this parable. He said, “You have been given a teachable heart to perceive the secret, hidden mysteries of God’s kingdom realm. But to those who don’t have a listening heart, my words are merely stories. Even though they have eyes, they are blind to the true meaning of what I say, and even though they listen, they won’t receive full revelation.
I think it’s important to also share verses 11-15, “Here, then, is the deeper meaning to my parable: The word of God is the seed that is sown into hearts. The hard pathway represents the hard hearts of men who hear the word of God but the slanderer quickly snatches away what was sown in their hearts to keep them from believing and experiencing salvation. The seed falling on the gravel represents those who initially respond to the word with joy, but soon afterward, when a season of harassment of the enemy and difficulty come to them, they wither and fall away, for they have no root in the truth and their faith is temporary. The seed that falls into the weeds represents the hearts of those who hear the word of God but their growth is quickly choked off by their own anxious cares, the riches of this world, and the fleeting pleasures of this life. This is why they never become mature and fruitful. The seed that fell into good, fertile soil represents those lovers of truth who hear it deep within their hearts. They respond by clinging to the word, keeping it dear as they endure all things in faith. This is the seed that will one day bear much fruit in their lives.”
And then Luke 11:34 also stood out to me,“The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. When your heart is open the light floods in. When your heart is hard and closed, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place.”
And lastly, Mark 6:52 says, “for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.”
As you can see from the verses above, a hard heart dulls the ability to understand truth. And a person with a hard heart puts up walls which disables them to receive anything. Not only that, but darkness takes place meaning there is no room for revelation-light to enter in.
Let’s go back to Luke 8:10 which I shared above, “You have been given a teachable heart to perceive the secret, hidden mysteries of God’s kingdom realm. But to those who don’t have a listening heart, my words are merely stories. Even though they have eyes, they are blind to the true meaning of what I say, and even though they listen, they won’t receive full revelation. Did you get that? My jaw dropped when I read this! Each person was given a teachable heart, but many people have allowed their heart to be hardened which causes scripture to be more like stories. Not only are people with a hard heart not able to listen, but they aren’t able to see either which in turn will disable them from receiving the truth revelation from the Word.
And how can I not share Luke 11:34 again?“The eyes of your spirit allow revelation-light to enter into your being. When your heart is open the light floods in. When your heart is hard and closed, the light cannot penetrate and darkness takes its place.” When your heart is open the light floods in, but when it’s closed darkness takes its place.
WOW! WOW! WOW!
If you have a hard heart not only are you blind, but you are unable to hear and you are overcome by the darkness.
To finish this post I have to end with Mark 6:51-52 which came right directly after Jesus multiplies food to feed the five thousand. Shortly after Jesus was in the boat with the disciples and begins to walk on water. The verses then say, “Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.”
Did you get that? Jesus had just fed the 5,000 with 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread. Wasn’t that miracle enough for the disciples? Clearly not, because when it came down to Jesus walking on water, “they were amazed.” Do you want to know why they were amazed? Because of their hard hearts! Unbelief is a big indication of a hard heart. If the disciples had been walking out in the supernatural realm then they would have expected the miracle! Friends, we should be a generation that expects miracles!
Hopefully now that you have reached this point you recognize just how dangerous and unhealthy a hard heart is. It’s time to do something about it! The only thing that is going to bring healing to your heart is the truth! The truth is what will set you free! And I believe once you spend time in the truth then the Bible won’t be merely just stories anymore; it will in fact bring revelation light to every core of your being.
So… In what areas of your life do you have unbelief? In what areas is your heart hard? Are you walking in unforgiveness? Have you taken offense to something? Are you holding on to the past? It’s time to find freedom! It’s time to mend and heal your hard and broken heart!
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