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Don’t Harden Your Heart

written by Asher Intrater
August 16, 2013

The Bible warns us not to let our hearts be hardened.

Hebrews 3:7-8 (Psalm 95:7-8)
As the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Physically, if even a small piece of a person’s heart becomes hard, he is in mortal danger of a stroke. Spiritual hardening of the heart is likewise mortally dangerous. We can hear the voice of God through Scripture meditation and by the still small voice of God within our spirit and conscience (I Kings 19:12, Romans 8:16; 9:1).

When we feel that inner prompting of the Lord, we immediately have a choice: either to submit and obey; or to resist and rebel. We need a soft heart to submit. A hardened heart will cause us to resist.

There are many things that can cause our heart to be stiff and hard, such as anger, offenses, wounded pride, fear, pain, rejection, lies, unforgiveness, lusts, etc. Because of lawlessness in the end times the love of many will “grow cold” (Matthew 24:12), people will become “lovers of themselves” (2 Tim 3:1-8).

We need to guard our hearts from all evil, not allowing our heart to get hard or cold. A soft heart will hear and absorb the spiritual “sound waves” of the voice of the Lord. Those same voice waves will bounce off a hardened heart. The voice of the Lord, when we do receive it and submit to it, will radiate into our inner being like a spiritual “microwave,” softening and warming our hearts in love.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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