Hearts of Stone

Yesterday’s reblog from Delight in Truth is a classic example of Hearts of Stone. Calling on the law of the land to take precedence over what people with a tender heart are trying to warn others about murdering babies is not only disgusting it is an outright sin against God’s plan for His creation.

Heart, kardia, Strong’s # 2588: The heart, the chief organ of physical life (“for the life of the flesh is the blood,” Lev.17:11). By an easy transition the word came to stand for man’s entire mental and moral activity, both the rational and emotional elements. In other words, the heart is used figuratively for the hidden springs of the personal life.

The Bible describes human depravity as in the “heart,” because sin is a principle which has its seat in the center of man’s inward life, and “defiles” the whole circuit of action.

Eph. 4:17, This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, (to live without the Illumination of God) having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness (Porosis # 4457, Porosis, metaphorically denotes a dulled spiritual perceptivity, poros, a kind of stone, to be petrified like stone, spiritual blindness, and hardness ) of their heart; who being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

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Blindness of heart means to lose the power of understanding. Perception comes through yieldeness to the Word of God. According to the Word of God, you determine the condition of your heart. Proverbs 4:23 says, watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.

The heart in effect, is the whole person in all of his/her distinctive human activity as a thinking, planning, willing, feeling, worshiping, and socially interacting being. And, of course, when the person is not living according to God’s will, it is the heart that is described as darkened, rebellious, callous, unfeeling, or idolatrous. It is within the heart that God works, so the human heart may be tender and soft or as hard as stone (Eze.11:19).

The task is to see the heart of stone and melt it in the fire of love. Our Lord Jesus came to baptize us with the Holy Spirit and fire. Matt.3:11. The fire of love can also melt a heart of stone.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 00:09:51

    I also re-blogged Delight’s post, Manny.

    “Hearts of stone” is a perfect phrase for those whom we saw in the video, and for those who would destroy innocent life in the womb.

    The scriptures you’ve used here address the situation well. They are blind in their hearts.

    As you have written, the love of God can melt a heart of stone.

    We are born with a wonderful little heart. It beats much earlier than anyone in the past ever thought. Yet, we are also born with a sinful nature. Only the Love of God can soften that sinful heart. “By grace ye are saved through faith…”

    Thanks for a very timely post my friend….

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  2. Mannyr
    Sep 06, 2013 @ 17:10:09

    A very serious issue in the Body of Christ as well as a perennial one among the lost. The love spoken here is a love that confronts, rather than a mushy milk toast that slops around and fits all limbs. Glad you like it. thanks for commenting.

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  3. Delight in Truth
    Sep 07, 2013 @ 06:49:24

    great picture to go along with the article… I am so upset to find heresy these days in church with respect to the human depravity…

    here is the latest thing out of Bethel, Redding in CA on how good people are inherently, even when they are not saved!

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    • Mannyr
      Sep 07, 2013 @ 17:37:17

      Absolutely unbelievable! Establihed doctrine taught for all in the inherent simplicity of the Bible is being taught on lies about major doctrines of the Bible. They have twisted and spoken as if it were established doctrine. I consider this as telling our Lord “You lie” I know otherwise! Doctrines of demons at work. So if were are borne without sin and really all “goodie two shoes” why do we need a Savior? David said it plain enough for me Psalm 51:5. This is no different than what present day Jewish orthodoxy teaches—on there is no such thing as “original sin.”

      This brings up a real sore spot with me, here we have evidence of spiritual sins being committed by folks who claim to know better than revealed doctrine. All experiences are not necessarily from God. They are to be sought yes, but they had better line up with revealed truth taught, and bearing witness with the Word of God. And, I might add bearing witness in one’s personal spirit along with a like witness from God the person of the Holy Spirit. Any thing less is deception.

      This is proof of the hardening of believers hearts. Where is the evidence of this (I assume he is a pastor) Pastor’s instructions from the Holy Spirit? I am afraid that far too many believers are seeking experiences as an antidote to their lack of faith and fellowship with our Lord. We should get our spiritual high’s from fellowship with Him and His Word. We are not called to dismiss our conscience from reality of the comparison of teaching’s that do not line up with the Word. To sit and listen as well as to continue receiving tainted teachings from questionable sources is suicide.

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