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Hardened Hearts
June 13, 2017

I’ve been thinking some more about hardened hearts based on a sermon I preach June 11. 

Today I prayed for a soft heart. Not a spineless heart, but a soft one towards the goodness that needs to grow there. Why is it that a heart left unattended will harden all on its own? It really is like a garden that needs constant and vigilant tending. Weeds tend to grow in an untended garden. Soil gets hardened when walked upon or left uncultivated. 

The quicker I tear out the weeds, the easier it becomes. In a garden, seeds from weeds that laid dormant in the soil for a year or more can suddenly spring to life given the right conditions. 

Unhealthy thoughts and images that were planted long ago tend to form and embed themselves in our hearts and we strengthen them by playing the repeat button. The sooner they are rejected, the better. The verse, “whatever a man sows, that shall he reap” comes to mind. The rigor of unwanted plants amaze me; likewise unwanted thoughts. 

The importance of planting good seeds cannot be overstated. What better place to go than to read God’s thoughts contained in his Word?  Some people tend to use God’s word like a magic potion or formula. We need to learn the art of cogitation. This is the process of understanding the Word of God with our hearts, not just our minds. Meditation causes his truths to become embedded in the soil of our minds in the same way those unhealthy thoughts were once implanted.

Hard soil happens when I walk on the soft soil that was intended to receive the seeds. Sometimes, we step on the voice of our conscience. And the more we step on it, the harder that area becomes. The voice of the conscience in that area will quieten, and soon we will not hear it any more. This is exactly why Heb 3 says,
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.







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