Hearts Are Hardened Through Sin

For the unsaved, it is as if you were on the tenth floor of a hotel that was on fire. There is a net below and the firemen are yelling for you to jump. You are aware of the danger and know that the net is the only way of escape, but fail to act on what you know is true and necess … More

Hard Heart

In many places, the Bible warns us not to “harden our hearts.” This means to stubbornly set ourselves against God so that we are no longer able to turn to Him for forgiveness. This passage is one of those warnings (vv. 7-9). Some Bible scholars say this was written to Christians who had hardened their hearts against God. Others say it was written to those who knew the gospel but had not committed themselves to it. I personally do not know, but believe these verses could have been written with both in mind.

Yes, it is possible for born-again  believers to become spiritually cold and harden their hearts against God. Do you remember how convicted you were when you were first saved and you were faced with the need of giving up some sin or habit in your life? But as time went on you began to find excuses, and today the very things that once brought you feelings of guilt and conviction are now condoned without any conscience toward them. If this is the case, as with the Israelites, you have hardened your heart, and is why you are not growing spiritually. This is why it took the Israelites forty years to make a journey that normally would have only taken eleven days (v. 9).

God was angry with them, and grieved with that generation. He said, “They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I swear in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest” (vv. 10-12). He told them that they must warn each other every day, as long as it is called “today,” so that no one will be deceived by sin and hardened against God (v. 13).

Application

Is there some hard-hearted person that I could be used by God to soften? What part could I play in this softening process?

Hebrews 3:7-13 (English Standard Version)

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, 'They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.' As I swore in my wrath, 'They shall not enter my rest.'" Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called "today," that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.

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