Do Not Harden Your Heart

The “Kardia” is the center of you. Your heart is the container of your spirit, your conscience, and your will. That makes it the place you believe from. The Bible says with the heart man believes unto righteousness. You must believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead to be born again. The heart of man is vital for us to understand. The heart is the place the seed of the Word of God goes into. If your heart is not in good condition, the Word of God sown into your life will not be able to produce. Because of that I want to look at what the Bible says about hardening your heart. If we harden our heart, we have hardened our soil which will cause the Word of God not to produce in our lives. There is nothing wrong with the seed of the Word of God, if the Word is not producing it is because something is wrong with our soil or our heart.

The Word of God declares to us not to harden our hearts like they did in the provocation. That is when the Children of Israel went to the Promised Land the first time and were not able to possess it because of their unbelief (Hebrews 3:8, 3:15 and 4:7). What does it mean to have a heard heart?   It means someone who is stubborn, cold, insensitive, unfeeling, unyielding, or calloused. Hardness of heart can get into any one. Don’t think it couldn’t apply to you. The Disciples were rebuked by Jesus of having hardness of heart (Mark 8-13-21). After Jesus’ resurrection, He also was irritated with the disciples and warned them of their hardness of heart (Mark 16:14). Hardness of heart always results in unbelief because the Word cannot get into your heart. You have to understand that the Disciples loved Jesus. They were not actively fighting against Him. So, don’t think this hardness of heart is just for unbelievers. We must all make sure we do not let our heart get hardened.

In Mark 8:17-18 we see what happens when someone has a hard heart. and why the devil works so hard to keep people in that condition. According to Jesus when we have hard hearts, our perception of spiritual things leaves, understanding is not happening, and we do not have eyes to see and ears to hear. He even asked them, “Do you not remember”. We even forget what the Lord has done and revelation we once had is no longer there. Having a hard heart is very costly.

We need to pray that the eyes of our understanding are always open. We need to ask the Holy Spirit to help us keep our hearts soft and pliable before the Lord. We must ensure that we don’t let the enemy harden our hearts in any way. We need our soil ready for the Word of God.

Pastor Mark Garver