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“Hard Heartedness”

The Lord says, “In a favorable time I have answered you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you” (Isaiah 49:8).  It’s a fact of life. The more you hear the truth and refuse to respond to it, the harder it gets to respond and live by it.  Someone described the conscience as a square.  So let’s use this analogy.  Think of your conscience as a square.  Every time you sin, that square turns and the corners of that square get bumped and cause pain.  As you continue to sin, the square turns and the pain persists.  For a while.  Eventually the corners get knocked off completely and the square gets smoothed out becoming a circle.  Now, you find that you can sin and no longer feel any pain whatsoever or the need to deal with it.  DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN!

 

It’s one thing to commit a sin and feel guilty about it.  The guilt comes from conviction placed on you by the Holy Spirit.  It’s a very sad day however, when one commits sin after sin without any guilt or remorse whatsoever.   Wednesday I gave you three things sin does to a person – here are a couple more and we all must be aware of them.  A pattern of sin will “blind our eyes” to the point we’ll no longer see sin as doing wrong.  Continuing to sin will also “harden our hearts” and we no longer feel the pain, nor do we care what other people think.  Plus, there’s no interest to change our behavior.  If you are doing something you know is wrong, don’t think you can continue and get away with it.  The Bible sounds the alarm, “Be sure, your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23).  This means, what you are doing in secret will eventually become public if not stopped.

 

Don’t put off making a full surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ.  Today, right this minute you can determine to turn and walk in a different direction.  Walk toward Christ, not away from Him.  Listen to His voice now because the day may come when He’s calling out to you, but you can’t or don’t want to hear Him.  “Today is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

 

Pastor Carnes