Dr. William DeShone Rosser Pastor
Christian Education Ministry
The Christian Education Ministry will develop, foster and promote Christian educational programs that will equip the Mind, Body and Spirit of children, youth and adults for discipleship.
The Danger of a Hardening Heart
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, 8 DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS AS IN THE REBELLION, IN THE DAY OF TRIAL IN THE WILDERNESS, 9 WHERE YOUR FATHERS TESTED ME, TRIED ME, AND SAW MY WORKS FOR FORTY YEARS. 10 THEREFORE I WAS ANGRY WITH THAT GENERATION, AND SAID, `THEY ALWAYS GO ASTRAY IN THEIR HEART, AND THEY HAVE NOT KNOWN MY WAYS'; 11 SO I SWORE IN MY WRATH, `THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST.' 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 17 Now with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
God speaks to all of us, but how we respond depends on the condition of our heart. Upon hearing the Lord’s voice, some believers are motivated to pursue a deeper and more obedient relationship with their Father. Others, however, resist or refuse Him because the Lord’s voice is not telling them what they want to hear and this attitude will cause their heart to become less responsive.
A change in receptiveness to God’s voice may be difficult to recognize because it happens slowly and is often rationalized or excused. How do we respond when the Holy Spirit speaks to us through Scripture or some other means? Carefully consider the following characteristics of a developing callousness which means a cruel disregard for others:
Resistance to His authority
Disobedience to what the Lord is instructing you to do
Justification of sinful conduct
Rejection of reproof by others
Preoccupation with worldly things
Little interest in spiritual matters
Absence of private devotion (Bible reading and prayer)
Avoidance of gathering to worship with other believers
Insensitivity to what God says
When we discover any of the above traits in our lives, it’s not too late. We should ask the Lord to mold our heart (Isaiah 64:8; Jeremiah 24:7). Remember, God specializes in making all things new (2 Corinthians 5:17) and delights in our turning to Him.