Symptoms of a Hard Heart

“The most simple way to stay encouraged is to feed your heart on what He is doing, not on what He hasn’t done. If you can’t see what He is doing, feed on what He has done in the past.”               – Bill Johnson

"And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?" Mark 8:17

MATTHEW 16:1-12; MARK 8:11-21

Just a few days before this instance, hardened hearts caused Jesus’ disciples to be amazed when they saw Jesus walk on the water to them. Here, Jesus’ statements reveal some of the characteristics of someone with a hardened heart.

First, a hard heart keeps us from perceiving spiritual truths. This is why everyone in a church service hears exactly the same message yet, some will receive while others won’t. It’s not the Word that is the variable, but rather the condition of the hearts. A hard heart stops spiritual perception.

Second, a hardened heart stops us from understanding spiritual truth. When a person doesn’t understand God’s Word, Satan finds no resistance when he comes to steal it away.

Third, a hard heart keeps us from remembering. This isn’t to say that we can’t recall facts or scriptures. As related in Mark 8:19-20, the disciples remembered the facts of the two miraculous feedings, but they had forgotten any spiritual lessons they might have learned. Likewise, some people can quote scripture or remember what the sermon was about, but they can’t perceive the spiritual life in the message or retain what they did perceive.

A hardened heart blinds us to any spiritual perception and keeps us thinking only in the natural realm. Small faith and a hardened heart are the same. Hebrews 3:12-13 parallels an evil heart of unbelief to a hardened heart. It takes great faith to keep our heart sensitive to God. Seek Him with your whole heart today.                        daily devotional

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2 thoughts on “Symptoms of a Hard Heart”

  1. Well said! I like the point about how “a hard heart keeps us from remembering.” I hadn’t thought about that, but it’s true. The things we don’t internalize emotionally, we tend to forget. They just aren’t relevant to our lives so we file them away somewhere.

    1. This one was a learning experience for me as well. Still trying to put this knowledge into practice.

      It has caused me to go back and remember the things that I know without a doubt – this was God… and I can truly say this has helped me greatly in standing my ground when things in natural look contrary to what I’m trusting God for.

      Funny that we’re also told to forget not/remember all His benefits .
      I suppose it’s because we’re clearly so forgetful, especially when the going gets tough.

      Thanks for a great input as usual and a wonderful weekend to you and yours!

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