The Heart Of Stone
Hey guys and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends! We are so glad to have you join us today, whether this is your first time or not, thank you for coming along! I really wanted to share this quick message with you from Ezekiel. It has been on my heart (no pun intended) for a while now, and after watching “The Case For Christ” I really felt that I should share this message. Let’s dive into it!
Heart Of Stone- Britt Nicole
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
A heart of stone? To have a heart of stone means to have a hard heart towards God. You put up walls to “protect” yourself from getting hurt again or from Jesus Himself! This is a very bad thing as God cannot use you or speak to you because you have shut Him out of your life. God never wants to force Himself on you and He won’t.
The first case of a hard heart was pharaoh when Moses confronted him about the people of God. Pharaoh refused to let the people go and in the end lives were lost.
It may not be as crazy in your life, but do you really want to shut God out? We need to offer our hearts up to God every morning when we rise and asked Him to give us a heart of flesh. You can pray for a heart of flesh in your friends and family members. God can break the heart of stone but He waits for us to open our hearts. If you keep in God, He keeps in you.
We talked about pride and self-righteousness earlier this week and it ties in nicely. Pride and self-righteousness prevent us from saying sorry and accepting help. We believe we are better than others or we believe that our way is right. We can hear God and the truth, but with a hard heart, we can find that, “You weren’t looking for the truth.” (The Case For Christ)
God can help that friend of yours that is suffering from a hard heart. He can help that family member that pushes God away. Our God is the God of the impossible! It may seem like a great defence building walls around your heart, but soon your heart can’t beat and the load becomes heavier.
‘…They say that the armor makes you strong
I might be safe but I’m all alone…’
God can break our hard hearts. The trick is, we need to soften our hearts enough to accept that we need a new heart. Continue to pray for a heart of flesh in yourself, your family and friends.
‘…I feel you close
You tryna get closer
I run away but you got devotion
Every day You are pursuing me
But I know that everybody can see
But I’m pushing everybody away
I push you away ’cause I’m afraid
Afraid that my heart might get broken again
I’m afraid that you’re gonna see all of my sin
Now let’s sit back and imagine for a second
Life ain’t been a bed of roses for the record
Heartbreak after heartbreak, what’s next?
Heartache after heartache, I’m stressed
With you is where my heart belongs
You’re the reason I’m writing this song
So I give it over my heart of stone
Take it and break it and make it your home…’
The Faith Filled Friends