A callus is an example of the type of hardness that your heart can have. After getting a blister at one spot on your hand several times, a callus will form. That hard callus will block off the feeling that you should have at that spot on your hand to prevent you from hurting yourself more. When you first get saved God gives you a new heart. It is tender and very easily affected. It responds to the words of God. A hard heart is like a callus and will not allow you to respond as you should to God.
Let us look at some symptoms of a hard heart.
A) Disobedience Exodus 4:21 Pharaoh’s willful disobedience
When you start to willfully disobey God, you are getting a heard heart.
B) Taking God’s blessings for granted Deu. 8:6-20
Children of Israel forgot God’s Mercies (Take GOOD things for granted)
All of us take the blessings of God for granted. Be careful.
C) Discontent and Discomfort Ps. 95:8
Complain about BAD things and Blame God
D) Rejecting deserved rebuke Proverbs 29:1
From God, from parents, from a boss or preacher ( stiff necks make hard hearts)
E) Refusing to listen Zechariah 7: 8-13
To the Words of God—Bible, Holy Spirit…
Can cause a loss of Spiritual hearing
F) Failing to respond Matt. 13:10-15
The children of Israel had reached a point of hardness that:
They were listening to God (Jesus) with no intention of obeying
That produces an inability to obey Be a doer of the word [James 1:22]
First Aid for Hardness These are thing to do to mend that hard heart.
Purify— Psalm 24: 4-5 (Prov 30:5 KJV) Every word of God is pure:
Read your Bible
Prepare—- Psalm 139: 23-24
Protect— 1 Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. Flee from Evil – Do Right
Follow after – I Tim 6:11-12