Ephesians 4:17-19

A Hardened Heart Produces a Darkened Mind

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Ephesians 4:17-19 so this I say and affirm together with the LORD that you walk no longer just as the gentiles also walk in the futility of their mind being darkened in their understanding excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them because of the hardness of their heart and they having become callous have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness wow I mean this is serious serious stuff talking again about the consequences of hardness of heart what happens when you begin to defend yourself when you learn as a little child to put in place defense mechanisms to protect yourself from people that have wounded you that have hurt you it says if you do that you’re going to walk in the futility of your own mind you won’t hear clearly from God you’ll be thinking up thoughts in your mind and confusing them with God’s thoughts it says you’ll be darkened in your understanding you’ll be excluded from the life of God here’s what I realized the life of God abides in your spirit sin and destruction abides in your flesh and both your spirit and your flesh are battling for the control of your soul your mind, will, and emotions if your soul yields to the spirit the life of the spirit of God flows through you but the moment the flesh rises up and captures your emotions and your mind then your will it shuts the door to the spirit and you’re excluded from the life of God you’re still born again the life of God abides in your spirit but you and your mind and emotions have completely shut the life of God out that’s exactly what a hardened heart does it says you’re excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that’s in them because of the hardness of their heart so hardness of heart creates ignorance it excludes us from the life of God it causes our mind to be darkened it causes us to walk in the futility of our own mind and then furthermore once we begin doing that we become calloused meaning we sear our conscience now we don’t even know right from wrong in certain areas and when that happens you give yourself over to sensuality and the practice of impurity with greediness in other words you begin to allow things into your life that a person who’s hearing from the spirit of God would never allow this happens when a hardened heart gets set in place a person becomes calloused they walk in the futility of their own mind I’m thinking of one friend of mine that I’ve known that I’ve seen this happen to it’s a very sad situation because of wounding and devastation in childhood this person developed a hardened heart a shell around his heart to block and keep people out an elaborate set of defense mechanisms that would keep him from ever allowing anybody to accuse him or touch what’s really on the inside the consequence of that is destruction of relationships all around destruction of a marriage and then furthermore marrying a second time and that marriage ending up in destruction destroying relationship with a daughter you see relationships being destroyed exactly this scenario and then the person then perverting things in the word of God in sensuality and accepting things that are absolutely contrary to the word of God and bringing further destruction into his life exactly this scenario it’s sad sad to watch this to happen to people that you care about this starts in childhood when someone is wounded they put a protective shell around their heart and the sad thing is they’re blind to it when this is going on in your life you don’t know it other people need to come and tell you but many times if you become calloused then you shut out the very people that are trying to help you and I pray that will not be the case for anybody watching this today that you will allow God to expose your heart of stone allow God to expose hardness in your heart allow God to speak to you if you see symptoms that we’ve talked about you see destruction of relationships you see walking in the futility of your own mind and many times you feel like even though you’re born again you love the Lord you’re excluded from his life if you find symptoms like that please take advantage of some of the resources that are available get some help talk to somebody pray with somebody talk to those you love and trust and let God minister and eliminate that hardened heart Father I just pray today that you’d touch each one of us that you’d expose the areas in our own hearts where we’ve created defense mechanisms where we don’t let anybody else touch our hearts Father forgive us and God I pray that you’d open and soften every area of hardened heart and God I pray that you’d use us to bless people around us today Father as we go through life even in our interactions with people today Father would you expose any area of hardness of heart Lord and soften that heart penetrate remove the fear that causes us to protect self and God would you allow us to fully 100% trust you to be our defender to love us and to accomplish your kingdom purpose in our lives in the mighty name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach Amen

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