Overcoming a Hardened Heart
8 Aug 2018
God has made available to us everything we will ever need in life. We access what we need by faith in what He has done; the spiritual laws that are in place allow us to do this. We should know that, as believers, we have the authority to use these laws by exercising our faith. The only thing that can stop us is a hardened heart. The danger in having a hardened heart is that, in this condition, we cannot activate God’s laws to work for us and we will not see manifestations. When the disciples were astonished to see Jesus walking on water immediately after watching Him perform a miracle feeding the multitudes with little food, their response was due to hardened hearts. We must be on guard against this spiritual state. Learning to trust God and what He says, instead of what we see in the natural realm, will keep us in constant expectation of the next supernatural miracle in our lives.
- The disciples’ hearts were hardened; we must not fall into the same spiritual trap.
- And when the day was now far spent, his disciples came unto him, and said, This is a desert place, and now the time is far passed: Send them away, that they may go into the country round about, and into the villages, and buy themselves bread: for they have nothing to eat. He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat? He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies upon the green grass. And they sat down in ranks, by hundreds, and by fifties. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all. And they did all eat, and were filled. And they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments, and of the fishes. And they that did eat of the loaves were about five thousand men (Mark 6:35-44).
- With what the disciples already knew about Jesus after observing this miracle, they should not have been amazed or surprised when they saw His next miracle.
- And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida, while he sent away the people. And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray. And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and he alone on the land. And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them. But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened (Mark 6:45-52).
- The disciples’ hardened hearts cause them to forget about the miracle they had just witnessed.
- Having a hard heart does not mean we are rebellious toward God; it is our surprised response at seeing supernatural manifestations.
- We should be moved by God’s Word, not what we experience around us.
- Whatever we pay attention to is what will dominate our thoughts. Conversely, our hearts will be hardened to what we do not consider.
- To consider something is to meditate on it, ponder it, or roll it over in our minds.
- Abraham’s heart was not hardened because he believed God’s Word over all else.
- Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:18-20).
- Abraham’s faith was so strong that there was no room for doubt. He focused on what he believed, not on what he saw.
- If the Word of God is not our focus, it will not be our result.
- Although grace exists for us, our hearts will be hardened too if we focus on the negative.
- What we pay attention to is critical. We must remember that God has supplied us with everything we need and there actually is no lack.
- According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
- And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat(Genesis 3:4-6).
- Eve did not even consider eating the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil until the devil suggested it to her.
- The enemy attacked her identity, then condemned her by suggesting she was not good enough, although she was already just like God.
- After Eve meditated long enough on eating the fruit, she hardened her heart to what God had said.
- What we see, hear, and ponder determines the spiritual condition of our hearts.
- And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given (Mark 4:24).
- Jesus has given us authority that even extends to what we say and what we think about. Spiritual law states that we can make our way prosperous and have good success.
- This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
- What we hear determines what we think about; we become slaves to whatever doctrine we hear.
- Taking this one step further, what we say determines what happens in our lives.
- Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).
- Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners (1 Corinthians 15:33).
- We cannot be tempted to doubt God if we do not consider anything that is not in His Word.
2 Peter 1:3
1 Corinthians 15:33