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Do You Have a Hard Heart?
October Sermon Series

We can get on the road to having a hardened heart very easily. It starts innocently enough. In our busy world, it is easy to become preoccupied with things that have little or no spiritual value. Once our focus is diverted from God, it doesn’t take much for the preoccupation to take up greater amounts of time. The diversion can become so consuming that we end up ignoring matters of importance to the Lord. So, what do you spend most of your time on that has the least value? Fantasy Football? Reality TV?

As our walk with Christ shrinks, we may give up what we call the “UP”worship, study, and prayer. If we are spending time with God daily, we have a pliable heart, but the person who sets this aside creates a tremendous opportunity for Satan. 

When the mind is preoccupied and the heart is distant from God, we are swayed by the deceitfulness of sin. Our connection with the Holy Spirit becomes fuzzy because our heart is hardened. As we drift, we begin to see the world’s false promises as more tempting. We foolishly trust in the lies and become even more immersed in sin. This, in turn, leads to an even greater preoccupation with non-spiritual matters and further neglect of his spiritual life.

No one is immune to the hardening of the heart. But don’t worry, there’s hope.

Because Jesus is in the business of bringing people back to life, we can again turn to worship, prayer, and service to be soft-hearted before God. We might even be able to stay in our fantasy football league.

See you in church,
Pr. Tom