A Soft Heart - God’s Desire
Having a hardened heart puts you in a tough position because God is unable to really move in your life when that’s the case. When your heart is hard, you lack faith and, even worse, you aren’t even open to the voice and will of God in your life.
In fact, that is exactly how Satan got kicked out of God’s kingdom -- he no longer believed in who God was, and he put his own ideas and beliefs above God’s.
But I have good news for you: The fact that you are reading this article, hoping that God touches your heart in a mighty way, is evidence that it’s not too late. God can do something with you because you are open to His will and honest about your imperfections.
So how do you overcome and avoid a hardened or prideful heart toward God?
It’s simple: Listen, do and believe.
People whose hearts are hardened toward God do not listen to Him. This is partly because they don’t truly care to hear what God has to say. Their own thoughts and opinions have become so loud in their life, that the sound of God’s voice is muffled by ungodly clutter.
To listen to God, we must first want to hear Him. We must acknowledge that He is perfect in all of His ways and that what He has to say is far greater than any wisdom that comes from the mind, or mouth of man, or ourselves (Psalm 18:30).
A hard heart gets worst when people hear God’s word, but ignore it or refuse to do it. A great way to reverse the impact of a hardened heart is to put God’s Word into action immediately.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
3.) Believe and Obey
I believe the reason we don’t listen to God or act out God’s Word like we should is because perhaps we don’t whole-heartedly believe it. If we do believe it, then possibly we don’t believe it’s for us, right now, so we push it off, telling ourselves that we’lll obey Him later and be fine.
This disobedience is rooted in our lack of right-now faith. And our lack of right-now faith probably sprouted because we stopped doing God’s Word. So by doing God’s word and giving Him an opportunity to show Himself, then faith will begin to arise and help to start softening that heart.
Disobedience is not something to play with. The longer the disobedience to God, the more the colder your heart becomes toward Him, and that’s exactly the opposite of what God desires. I pray that you realize the importance of listening to God and obeying His voice. Not just when you feel like it, but any time God speaks. This will take you on the path of humility and lead you into deeper relationship with God.