If God is going to do a work in His people, particularly among those who consider themselves Christians, there must be preparation in us for His work to be effective. When God wanted to work with Israel He speaks through Jeremiah, “For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among thorns. Circumcise yourselves to the Lord; remove the foreskin of your hearts, O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem; lest my wrath go forth like fire, and burn with none to quench it, because of the evil of your deeds”” (Jeremiah 4:3–4). Notice that preparation was a heart issue. We must be very careful that repentance, revival, or any other form of preparation is not just outward show.
Jesus faced a very difficult crowd – the Pharisees. Time and again, they complained to the Lord that His disciples were “not walking according to the tradition of the elders” (Mark 7:5). Jesus’ answer is heart-exposing; “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me” (7:6; Isaiah 29:13).
Have you allowed habits or tradition to harden your heart? It is a process that results from years of following what other people tell you, rather than RETURNING TO SCRIPTURE to see what God says and to follow Him. If you allow Him, our gracious God will do heart surgery; remove the old hard heart and transplant a new one, Spirit filled, tender and moldable.
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