June 18, 2019

 

The Condition of Your Heart
Stephen Heleman

Small Moments Lead To Big Moments

The small things that we consistently do, day in and day out, set the direction in life. Those small things can either lead us to, or keep us from, big things. As we continue to look at the life of Moses, we see this truth played out through Pharaoh. 

Pharaoh's Hard Heart

Read Exodus 7:8-13 here.

In this passage we see Moses returns to Pharaoh with God's message, yet Pharaoh would not listen, just as God told Moses. God did not make Pharaoh sin; it was Pharaoh's decision to turn away from God.  As Pharaoh's heart hardened more, God continued to send Moses to him. You can read more of the story in Exodus 7:14-25 and chapter 8 -10 here. Each encounter had the same pattern: Moses warned Pharaoh of consequences if he continued to disobey God, Pharaoh ignored the warning, God sent a plague. Pharaoh created a terrible pattern by ignoring God because of his hard heart. It is the same for us; every time we ignore God we move further from God. The further we move from God, the harder our heart becomes. The harder our heart becomes, the more difficult it is to return to God. 

My Response Determines My Direction

Most of us don't move away from God in big steps; we move away in small steps. "I don't need to attend church today. I don't have time to pray right now. I can compromise this one time. I'm not hurting anyone else." These are all small things, but they add up, and suddenly we look up and realize we are far from God and our heart is hard. That is why it is so dangerous for us to ignore God, even in the small things. What is your response to God?

  • Your response to truth. Do you listen to what God is saying to you through His word, or do you ignore, justify your actions, or deflect the truth onto someone else? The more you ignore God the further you move from God and the harder your heart becomes.
  • Your response to direction. You can know what God wants but it doesn't do any good if you don't put it into action. Sometimes it's in the small things, like talking to you neighbor about Jesus. The more you refuse to do what God wants the harder your heart becomes.
  • Your response to sin. Is there sin in your life that you refuse to acknowledge? Right now you are either moving closer to God or further away from Him. The more you ignore sin the harder your heart becomes.

The harder our heart becomes, the further we are moving away from God. The further we get from God, the more difficult it is to return. The good news is that it is not impossible to return to God. Don't let your heart get hard. It is never too late to turn to Jesus, but there is no better time than now.

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