Many have hardened their hearts as a defense from disappointment, rejection, hurt or have become hardened as a result of anger and bitterness. The sad truth is the more hardened that you become, the more vulnerable you are to being hurt because you don’t have the buffer of faith and trust in God, which is a precursor to receiving all of God’s fullness and blessings into your life. You must trust God, it is impossible to please him without faith. (Hebrews 11) A stubborn and calloused heart does not trust that God can love so much that he gave his only begotten son so that one would have eternal life and that they are included in this truth. An unfeeling heart is a trick of enemy. Think about it, people with hardened hearts eventually grow more miserable and lonely beyond repair. They usually miss out on the blessings of love and support from others because of the hardened shell that covers their heart. Unfortunately they deceive themselves because of their unbelief and hardened their hearts towards God blaming others. The fact is that their outcome and empty existence is a result of their own unbelief.
This is the opposite of how God has commanded us to walk. Scripture tells us to be of a humble spirit, ready to obey God’s instruction and to be eager to love and forgive our fellow man. God has given us a free gift of grace (through Jesus Christ) to those that are of a humble spirit, however, he resists the lofty, stubborn and prideful. As it is written:
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
Scriptures also tells us in the last days there will be perilous times and people will be lovers of themselves, boastful, abusive, without love (hardened), slanderous, lacking self control and preferring to rebel against God rather than to be obedient.
But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them. 2nd Timothy 3:
Anyone can open their eyes and see that we are living in this times. But what is it that has caused people’s hearts to become impatient, stubborn and calloused? Why have so many turned their ears away from hearing the voice of God? The word tells us that those that rebel against God and practice sin have become hardened. Rebellion and the practice of sin hardens the hearts of men because they become deceived through the deceitfulness of sin. When you continuously disobey God after being instructed of the laws of righteousness (the way that leads to life) in his word, you are distancing yourself from God to the point where eventually you will not be able to hear him. There is a consequence birthed in the spirit realm that leads to a trap of destruction in this life afterwards eternal separation from God. Although God is long suffering, merciful and gracious to forgive us for our sins, it is written all throughout the bible that we should repent and turn to God and he will forgive us of our sins and cleanse us of all unrighteousness. Repenting means to change your mind from your old sinful ways and draw closer to God to seek out his truth and allow it to change your heart and mature you, instruct you and show you the way to live a life pleasing to God. A hardened heart continues to engage in sin and refuses to repent.
In Hebrews we are reminded repeatedly to “harden not your heart like in the day of provocation when God was provoked to anger when he delivered the Israelites from Egypt.” As a matter of fact “Harden not your heart” is referenced three times in Hebrews chapters 3 and 4 and again in Psalms 95 which leads me to believe that guarding your heart and not allowing it to become calloused is pretty serious to God.
- Hebrews 3: 7-9: Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
- Hebrews:3:13: While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
- Hebrews 4: 7-9: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
- Psalms 95: Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.
Why does the bible caution you against hardening your heart? It is written:
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. Hebrews 3:12-13
Because a hardened heart no longer rest in believing God nor can it be encouraged by the word of God because of the deceitfulness of sin. A hardened heart becomes stiff necked to the word of God. This is a dangerous place because no matter how many times a person hears the word of God or God’s commandments, they resist it. It is written in the word of God:
He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed and that without remedy. Proverbs 29:1
You cannot get through to a person who has gotten to this point not even God himself. Rebelling against God and continuing in sin in this manner leads to a reprobate mind which is an unpardonable sin to God. The reason a reprobate mind is an unpardonable sin they refuse to come to God for repentance therefore their sins cannot be pardoned. However, people who are reprobate many times still profess that they know God, however they deny him with their actions, conduct, thoughts and speech.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16”
In Romans 1:28-32
Paul describes how one becomes reprobate and what happens to them:
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
In 2 Timothy 3:8, we are warned against resisting the truth:
Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
The word of God tells us not to resist the truth, but to resist the devil and his deceitful lies.
It is written: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
A reprobate mind has this backwards – they resist God but not the devil. I pray that you yield to God’s word and that you are not tempted by the enemy to disregard God’s instruction that will save your soul and that you keep your heart tenderhearted toward our loving Father in Heaven.