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The Meaning of a Hard Heart

Today the primary meaning of harden your heart is to stop feeling kind or friendly, or to not show emotions. But that is not the Biblical meaning.
The primary meaning is a persistent refusal to hear and obey (which mean the same thing in Hebrew) the word of God.
The spiritual condition of persistent unresponsiveness to God and His Word.
The metaphor comes from workmen who need to make an impression on something. When it is hard and impression cannot be made.
Like a coin, or like pottery
What are ways that God does (or has) used to impress, shape or mold the heart?
When God’s influence is gone forth in the heart remains unmoved and unaffected than the heart is hard.
When God’s influence is gone forth in the heart remains unmoved and unaffected than the heart is hard.
When the word of God talks about hardness of heart it means that there is a resistance against what God says in the things that God desires to do in and for the person.
Scripture References: Where they should of known better

If only today you would listen to his voice.

Don’t make him angry by hardening your hearts,

as you did in the wilderness rebellion.

Hebrews 3:8 NASB95
Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, As in the day of trial in the wilderness,
Heb 3:8
Mark 6:45–52 NASB95
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the crowd away. After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray. When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke with them and said to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.” Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind stopped; and they were utterly astonished, for they had not gained any insight from the incident of the loaves, but their heart was hardened.
The disciples did not apply what they had heard and seen concerning Jesus to their present situation.
The influence is gone forth or the weight that is meant to impress and the heart remains unmoved and unaffected then the heart is hard. They did not believe that Jesus would save them or that he could provide.

Absence of Feeling does Not Equal a Hard Heart.

Based on what we have looked at so far, how do emotions play into the idea of a hard heart?
It seems that some other emotion or desire can lead reveal a hard heart (fear, greed, desire for something)
Some other emotion or desire can
the fear did not make them hard hearted- it revealed it!
A person does not have to have tears or passion to be impressed with the word of God or to do the right thing.
Someone can feel bad, have grief and sorrow over sin and yet have a hard heart, because they do not do what God says.
1. I know people who have been emotionally disturbed by the actions of others and everything within their flesh once them to react a certain way- in anger, in forgiveness, in vengeance. But they allow the word of God to make an impression in their heart to do what is right. OH how I want to destroy that person! but they do not. They are soft hearted and emotionally wounded.
2. Jesus in the Garden- emotion was get me out of this- but heart was soft and said but your will be done.
Someone can be Emotionally wounded and hard hearted
1.A couple of weeks ago I had a christian tell me that he was going to have to tell a lie- because other wise he would not get what he wanted. What he wanted was to be in ministry.
2. We had a student that felt the Lord’s call to come to Bible college- he came with very little money in his pockets, but trusted God would provide- he had two years paid for in what he testified to as miraculous ways. then he Got a year of pel grants; go married, which changed his pel-grant status and he wasn’t going to receive the full amount so he said I’m going to have to quit college!

Consequences of hardening your heart

What are the consequences when a person hardens their heart?

Hardness or dullness of heart is regularly expressed in a number of equivalent phrases, metaphors, and other figures of speech, including obduracy, blindness, deafness, moral insensitivity, foolishness, unbelief, stubbornness, stupidity, brutishness, deficiency in understanding, darkness, and stiffness of neck.

It is impossible to prosper spiritually. There is none who harden their hearts and prosper in their soul.
It is impossible to prosper spiritually. There is none who harden their hearts and prosper in their soul.
Hard hearts will destroy our most valuable relationships.
With God: because we cease to be sensitive to his molding and shaping.
With others: Jesus says that God permitted divorce becasue of the hardness of hearts but that was not God’s original intent.
Hard hearts will keep us from the best that God intends for us.
because, “God says, “live this way.” and we say “But that is not the best, or it will not work for me.”
I have been overwhelmed by the number of posts and things that I have recently seen, or heard that focus on, You do you, you leave these people, you disown this group. etc. To be sure there is a time to “come out form among certain people or certain situations” but I have not heard because Jesus says.

21 For it seems as though everyone else is busy seeking what is best for themselves instead of the things that are most important to our Lord Jesus Christ.

We fall into darkness and sin when we do not keep our hearts in check!

23 Guard your heart above all else,

for it determines the course of your life.

23 Guard your heart above all else,

for it determines the course of your life.

We need to be careful that we do not get a hard heart by over protecting our hearts. We get hurt so we shut down, you stop loving and stop believing that doing the right thing is really the right thing to do, that ultimately it will not make any difference. The hard heart seems to be the normal way of life. The heart hardens and then eventually dies.
Doing the right thing seems like bad advice.

What is the Answer to a Hard Heart?

It seems, dear friends, that it is necessary to warn God’s people, although they have received the new nature, and are partakers of the adoption, against being hardened in heart through the deceitfulness of sin.
What ways does God provide to help us to avoid or come back from a hard heart?
God provides his word, his spirit, etc. to make sure that we are listening! search your hearts to make sure that you are not being unresponsive to the living God. Today if you would only listen to his voice and do not harden your hearts.
Exhort one another, Or exhort one another. Many would be spared from a hard heart if we would listen to those that would exhort us and exhort those who need it!
Repentance: Go at once to the cross.
This is where we remeber what god has done and we allow the cross to impress on our hearts, God’s love, presence, patience, etc. Peter says that if we are not practicing the things that pertain to God then we have forgotten our cleansing- we have forgotten the work of Christ on the cross.
No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags, and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition, and throw ourselves flat on our faces before his mighty cross. “With all my sin, and all my hardness of heart,” let the believer say, “I do believe that Jesus died for me.”
There, and there only, can you get a soft heart. No matter how hard, how insensible, how dead we may have become, let us go again in all the rags, and poverty, and defilement of our natural condition, and throw ourselves flat on our faces before his mighty cross. “With all my sin, and all my hardness of heart,” let the believer say, “I do believe that Jesus died for me.”
Grace:
Ezekiel 36:26–27 NASB95
“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.
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