Friday, November 5, 2010
A Softened Heart
And I will give them one heart and I will put a new spirit within them; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 11:19
God says He will replace the stony hearts in His people with new hearts that are sensitive to His touch. When we give our lives to God, He puts a sense of right and wrong deep within our consciences. But if we rebel against our consciences too many times, we can become hard-hearted. If that happens, we need to let God soften our hearts so we can be spiritually sensitive to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.
I was very hard-hearted before I really began fellowshipping with God. Being in His presence regularly developed the new heart in me--the new heart that Jesus died to give me. Without a heart sensitive to God's touch, we will not recognize many of the times He is speaking to us. He speaks gently, in a still, small voice, or with gentle conviction about a matter.
Those who are hard-hearted and busy "doing their own thing", will not be sensitive to God's voice. I am grateful that He has softened my heart with His Word, because a hardened heart cannot recieve the blessings He wants to give.