The Hardened Heart

Commentary By:  Gordon King

Hardened hearts and blinded eyes.  Unable to see the truth, unable to hear and understand.  The lost, the unbelievers, the sinful and the wicked.  Those who so desperately need to hear it cannot.

The world we live in is full of sin and wickedness.  Evil abounds, and the escalation of demonic activity is moving quickly.  Yet, there remains those who put their faith and trust in the one and only true God, Jesus Christ!  They are the ones who can see what is happening in and to the world.

Jesus Christ, God Almighty, The Word, The Great I AM.  He is the truth, the way, and the life.  Without Him we are lost to eternal destruction.  With Him we are given the free gift of eternal life, a life filled with abundance, with grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

Yet for some reason the lost are oblivious to the truth.  They do have hardened hearts, and blinded eyes.  They do not see the truth, nor can they hear it.  You can talk to them day in and day out, but without the good Lord softening their hearts, they will not hear or understand. 

They do not see their evil and sinful ways.  They do not understand that what they do is wrong and rebellion against God.  Why?  Because the sin that they are living in has covered them, it infiltrates their very being.  Their spirits are dead to the things of God, to the things of heaven above.

This is the truth my friends.  When we say that the lost have hardened hearts, that they are blinded to the truth, take it literally!  They actually do not see it or hear it.  The bible, Jesus Christ, God Almighty, makes no sense to them whatsoever.  They cannot even fathom the idea of a God of the universe, a creator of all mankind.  A spiritual being responsible for all life, all of creation including the universe and all that it contains.

It’s only when God allows us to plant a seed inside of them that they will actually begin to see the truth.  That they will begin to listen to what they are being told by Christians.  They will not and cannot see the light without the hand of Almighty God touching their soul.  He is the One who softens the heart and grows the seed.  We merely plant the seed.  When does he soften the heart?  I’m not sure, but it is within our own will that we can have a change of attitude, a change of heart if you will.  Maybe it is at that moment that God softens the heart and allows the sinner to see some of the truth.

That is why prayer for the lost is so vitally important.  We must pray for their hearts to be softened, for God to touch them in a way for them to see and to hear, to understand the truth.

The lost believe that their ways are better than God’s ways, that they have the answers and can do all things of their own accord.  This is the opposite of the truth.  God’s ways are the highest, only He has the answers, and only through Him can we do all things.

Let us pray for the lost and spread the gospel to those that will hear.  It is not for us to know who will listen and who will not.  That is for God to decide.

God bless and Maranatha!

8 thoughts on “The Hardened Heart

  1. How well you’ve stated the conditions of the faithless. Amen to your prayer. May our Lord use us through our actions, words, prayers to help those to understand, comprehend, acknowledge the message of the Gospel. We are to at least plant the seed to get them to consider the truth of the Scripture’s.
    Keep doing what your doing Gordon. God bless.

  2. Hardened hearts in the midst of a God denying world. Can anyone remember a year in their life’s history that was worse than 2014 for immorality and no conscience of immoral acts. I sure can’t. I was going to write “may God bring us a better 2015” but instead I am prompted by the Holy Spirit to write “May God come back in 2015” “maranatha”

  3. Hi Gordon,
    I am glad you chose to speak about prayer because lately I have been asking God to let me know how to pray for the world. Part of me thinks that all of the stuff happening in the world is ment to happen to fulfill prophecy so I am not sure how to pray. Do I pray that God intervenes to make all the bad stop or accept it as Gods master plan? I really confuse myself thinking about this. Besides praying for the softening of hearts and the acceptance of Jesus by the lost what do you pray for? Are there any scriptures that tells us how to pray in the end times?

  4. Hello Rebecca. The bible tells us what will happen to the world in the end times. That means it “will” happen, there is no changing that! What God says will happen will happen. Just as Jesus told Peter that he would deny Christ 3 times, and Peter said no. He was saying that God was wrong, that in essence God was a liar, however, Peter did deny Christ 3 times, just as Jesus said that he would. Matthew 24 and Isaiah 13 tells us what the world will be like in the end times and what will happen upon the earth, there is no changing it.

    Matthew 24:21-22

    “For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.”

    Isaiah 13:9

    “Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.”

    The New Testament tells us to pray for many things: our strength, our faith, to keep us from temptation/evil, to keep us from the wrath of God and the things to come in the end times, to pray for the lost/for their salvation, for our leaders that they may lead in a godly manner. We are to pray for each other in supplication, to pray for our needs and desires if they are God’s will. There are many things to pray for, and I will list just a few examples. But, I do not see anywhere in scripture telling us to pray to change the world (stop all the evil from happening), if you find it please let me know. However, we should pray to change the hearts of the wicked. In prayer we should also give thanks to the Lord, praise Him, and give Him glory and honor.

    Luke 21:36

    “But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

    James 5:16

    “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

    Matthew 21:22

    “And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

    Romans 10:1

    “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.”

    1 Timothy 2:1-6

    “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,”

    We can pray for many things. I believe that the most important of these to pray for are things which are needed to perform the will of God. To spread the gospel and save the lost. This is His command for us, which also includes loving God with all of our heart and to love each other, these are the greatest of all commands.

    And don’t forget the Lord’s prayer, a template for how we are to pray. I actually pray it frequently. It’s a learning process Rebecca, we are on a path of learning and growing in the Lord. And one day we will know these things when we are reunited with our Savior in heaven!

    God Bless!

  5. Just a quick yes! and amen! Gordon regarding your comment about not finding in the bible anywhere to pray for changing the world or to stop all the evil from happening. This job is not puny man’s job nor is it in man’s capacity to do. This is a fallen world. Never did The apostle Paul enter a city and begin preaching a (let’s change the world gospel.) He preached Christ and Him crucified, the gospel of salvation and hope for the future in heaven. Jesus taught his disciples to pray “thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” This speaks of a future time of Christ’s reigning on earth and praying for this time to come. Thank God!! there is big change coming to this earth when Jesus arrives, all kinds of change but most of all it will be without the influence of the devil to do his wicked deeds through human beings. God’s change will be a real worldwide blessing. hallelujah!!!

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