CHANGE MY HEART, O GOD!
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that He may come and shower righteousness upon you.”
Hosea 10:12 NLT
When I was in college, I learned to play the guitar. At first, I could only play for a short while because my fingers tips were sensitive and continued pressing of the strings was painful. After a couple of weeks, the tips of my fingers became calloused and insensitive to the pain… so calloused and insensitive in fact that I accidentally ran them across my razor one day as I was digging through my overnight bag. I did not even feel it until it was too late and the cuts were made.
In the same way finger tips can get calloused and hardened, so too can our hearts. Although we can see God do great and mighty things in our midst, if we are not careful, we can get hardened and deceived by sin and become insensitive to God’s still small voice. Has that happened to you?
King David allowed his heart to get hardened. He committed terrible sins … and then covered those sins over with deceit. As a result, his life was drying up on the inside. His vitality and zest for living were melting away like a sno-cone in Phoenix. But in Psalm 51, he repents and gets his heart right with God. He says in verse 17, “The sacrifice You want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, You will not despise.” Spiritual renewal and fresh fire from heaven only come when the heart is first broken and repentant before a holy God.
YOUR HEART CONDITION?
Is your heart soft and tender and broken before the Lord… or is it like hard ground?
There is only one thing that hardens your heart: sin. And only one kind of sin: your sin. My sin cannot harden your heart, and your sin cannot harden my heart. Personal sin is what brings the callousness. And the longer we continue in personal sin without getting honest, open and repentant before the Lord, the harder our heart becomes.
If you want to see how hard your heart is, ask yourself this question: Do the things that break God’s heart break my heart? God’s heart breaks over sin, does yours? God’s heart breaks over pride and selfishness, does yours? God’s heart breaks for those who are lost and on the highway to hell, does yours? God’s heart breaks over broken vows, does yours? God’s heart breaks over injustice, indifference, abuse, abortion and sexual immorality, does yours?
Maybe like me, you need to heed the call of God through the prophet Hosea and ask the Lord to plow up the hard ground of your heart. Ask Him to change you and open your eyes to any bitterness and pride and sin and selfishness that may be lurking within you. Ask Him to make your heart like His.
The time is now to seek the Lord—and to seek Him with a broken heart. We will be amazed at the awesome things He will do when we get our hearts in line with His.
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.
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