What is a hardened heart anyway? We read about them a lot in the Bible but what are they really?
Well it’s more of an action really than a thing. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (yes that is a real book that I had to buy for college so stop laughing!) defines it as:
“the action of hardening on’es heart is the action or state of persistent and sometime hostile rejection of the Word of God. This involves not just a refusal to hear God’s Word, but a refusal to respond to it in submission and obedience.”
So in order to harden my heart, I have to, over and over and over again, reject the fact that God’s Word is true as well as refuse to submit myself to its ultimate authority over my life.
See this guy here as an example:
Yep that’s Pharaoh from the 10 Commandments. No matter how many times Moses came to him to warm him to let God’s people go, no matter how many times God brought horrific plagues on Egypt, Pharaoh absolutely refused to let God’s people go. It ultimately took the death of his son to bring him to his knees, but even then only until his pride fully took over and it ended up killing him as well.
Pride is an incredibly powerful thing that can, and will, lead us to a lifetime in hell, apart from God forever. A hardened heart is something that we must recognize that we have quickly before it sets in for good.
But how do you know if your heart is hardened?
- Do you blame absolutely everyone else for your problems?
- Have you ever said the words, “That is my fault”, or “I am sorry?”
- Do you think you have never met anyone brighter, smarter, funnier, or more intelligent that you?
- Do you see everyone else as someone that you can use to help you get what you want?
If any of these ring a bell, your heart is hardened. You need to get it softened very quickly because no one is guaranteed another second on Earth. To soften it is actually very easy – just get in a quiet place, bow down on your knees, bow your head, and tell God:
“You are God and I am not. I am a sinner who needs a Savior. I am not God. Within my own power and left to my own means, I will only always do what I want to do, when I want to do it, no matter what it does to anyone else. You are God and I am not. I confess my sin to You almighty God and I accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. You are God and I am not.”
If you pray that prayer, God will forgive you immediately, and amazing you will never need to bring it up to Him again. Pretty easy huh? Unfortunately, it is just as easy to choose not to pray that prayer, and that will only lead to eternity in hell, eternally separated from God.
Time to make your choice. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Pastor Brad Komgenick