Is your heart hard?
As 2016 comes to a close and 2017 is unveiled, we at the Denver House of Prayer believe in starting this year off right with firm footing in your relationship with Christ. One of the primary ways that the relationship between you and the Lord can become distant is due to hardness of heart. Take 15 minutes to ensure you are set up for success into 2017 and beyond.
Here’s a snippet from the discussion:
“We become unaware of “the heart’s” hardened condition because along the way we might receive a scratch here and a scar there, or let the sun go down on our wrath and begin to lose feeling in that area all together. The best illustration of this I can offer is the branding of an animal. When I was growing up, several of our extended family members were farmers and I would often witness the branding of sheep or cattle by my uncle or grandfather. When the searing hot poker touched the animal’s skin the animal would wince in enormous pain. But amazingly in time, because the nerve endings were damaged in the area of the brand, they would have no feeling whatsoever from that point onward in that area. This is what it’s like with our heart, the more and more we go through life without correcting our heart issues, we can become more and more desensitized to the voice of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. In fact, the bible talks of this as a seared conscience in 1 Timothy 4:2: “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Remember, the conscience is the voice of the human spirit and we should never ignore it. To give you another illustration, I had an uncle growing up in Wales in the UK who could boil a kettle, make a boiling hot cup of tea, and drink it straight down without taking a pause. Why? Because he had scarred his throat to the point where it no longer hurt.”
– Pastor Carl
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