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"But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed." Romans 2:5
So many church members and Clergy have hardened hearts. I can't tell you how many people I have come across in my life as a Christian who feel no remorse or moral obligation in making things right that they have done wrong. Yes, professing Christians and Pastors. This has left me to believe their heart is like a rock. It is not longer convicted (if ever) by the Holy Spirit. It is impossible to be right with God and do others harm. It is impossible to be a Christian and not care for the welfare of others. I am going to list several symptoms of a hardened heart:
1. Their heart is not affected by the love of Christ. They will not express natural care or concern for their family, friends, or brothers and sisters in Christ. The welfare of their fellow man is based on prejudice. One has to agree with them in order to receive love. Otherwise, you are on your own. Loving one's enemies does not register with them. Their hardened heart is unable to become melted by the love of Christ and thus enabling them to love others. They secretly become your enemy and the enemy of the cross. Love is not felt as a reality. All emotions are held back and their stubbornness bottles up their feelings. which they cannot express. They are not horrified against cruelty and the destruction of lost souls in eternity. You talk to such people about their sins, and they say, "What have I done? Whom have I injured? I have wronged no man; I have paid all my debts; and I have done my duty to my neighbors and friends around me." Now in all this the hardness of heart prevents the person from understanding really what his duty is. He satisfied himself with not having defrauded, or with not having otherwise positively injured his neighbor. They are self deceived.
2. Hardness of heart generally manifests in superficially confessing any wrong done to man or to God.
3. When they cause others to stumble or cause pain, they will take no remorse or any responsibility in setting things right by asking for forgiveness and repenting to another.
4. The hard-hearted have no true brotherly love. They do not feel for Christ's people, or feel for Christ's church. They can see the church attendance is low, meetings poorly attended, but little of the spirit of prayer in the church, sinners remaining unconverted, and Christ dishonored in the house of his friends; and neither sigh nor cry in view of such a state of things.
5. Selfishness in trade is another effect and manifestation of hardness of heart. You will always observe that such men are difficult to get along with. Their rules are, "Take care of number one;" "Charity begins at home;" "Let every man look out for himself;" "My business is to make as good a bargain as I can."
6. God will be neglected; prayer will be neglected; praise will be neglected; obedience will be neglected; love will be withheld; confidence will be withheld; gratitude will be withheld; obedience from the heart will be withheld; and nothing will be present but cold formality and religious affectation.
7. The hardened heart is slow even to admit that it deserves damnation. It doesn't feel it.
8. Another of its effects and manifestations will be the absence of tenderness and kindness. It will be unappreciative of the guilt of sin; it will not realize the nature of sin as consisting in the neglect of God, his rights, feelings, authority, well-being. The confession that this neglect is sin, will be cold, heartless, emotionless.
9. No conviction or guilt for harming others or disobeying God.
10. The hardened heart cares not for the eternal state of human beings who have rejected Christ. Nor do they anguish or grieve for them.
Many seem really given over to hardness of heart and blindness of mind. This is an awful state to be in. It is awful to the subject of it.A hard-hearted person is in a most deplorable state; in a most unhappy state; in a most guilty state; in a state fatal to his salvation, if he abides in it. Again, it is an awful state in respect to all those connected with a hard-hearted person. What an awful thing it is for a church to have a hard-hearted minister! And it is an evil thing for a minister to have a hard-hearted church, and a hard-hearted congregation
Fanatics are always hard-hearted. Fanaticism is not to be confounded with enthusiasm.
Persecutors are always fanatics, and they are always hard-hearted.
Fanatics feel, but not charitably, not kindly. Even in prayer, or conversation, or preaching, or exhortation, the very tones of the voice, the gestures, the looks, manifest the hardness of the heart. They do not speak tenderly or compassionately. If they have occasion to probe the conscience, to reprove or rebuke, they do not do it benevolently, but malevolently. They seem to take a pleasure in rebuke. They mistake their fanatical unkindness for Christian faithfulness.
We see why it is that some people are always so full of fault-finding. They never seem to be kind, loving, forbearing. They do not yearn over those that are rebelling, and love them back to obedience;
Now, please remember that hardness of heart is a voluntary state of mind. It is a state of mind that continually resists the Holy Spirit; it is a self-justifying, cruel state of mind; it grieves, it dishonors God; it ruins the souls of men.
Pride and sin causes hearts to grow hard, especially continual and unrepentant sin. Now we know that “if we confess our sins, [Jesus] is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9). However, if we don’t confess our sins, they have a cumulative and desensitizing effect on the conscience, making it difficult to even distinguish right from wrong. And this sinful and hardened heart go along with the “seared conscience” Paul speaks of in 1Timothy 4:1–2. Scripture makes it clear that if we relentlessly continue to engage in sin, there will come a time when God will give us over to our “debased mind” and let us have it our way. The apostle Paul writes about God’s wrath of abandonment in his letter to the Romans where we see that godless and wicked “men who suppress the truth” are eventually given over to the sinful desires of their hardened hearts (Romans 1:18–24).
Most people are under severe demonic attacks and they are unaware that witchcraft spirits are at work. Don't think that for one moment, that the enemy has left you alone when you are being used by God in a mighty way. Threats, fits of rage, anger, wrath, temper tantrums, violence, bullying, silent treatment, tears, alienation, deflection, slander, triangulation, abandonment, walking on eggshells, manipulative crying, etc. are forms of control designed to destroy the child of God. This is completely satanic. These are all forms of manipulation to control, hinder and destroy the child of God. The controlling person makes the person feel bad through guilt to control them. They twist the truth to make the victim feel like the abuser. In public, everyone likes them, but in private they abuse that person. If you have to resort to manipulation for a desired outcome, most likely that desired outcome, is wrong. Even if the desired outcome in itself is not sinful, The willingness to sin for it has created an idolatrous desire. This is a form of witchcraft.
Stop allowing people to speak evil over your life because they are upset with you and want to control your life. Pastors trying to curse members and members trying to curse the pastors; people trying to manipulate and control people for finances; prophets lying to make merchandise out of the people; apostles trying to control the people and become an idol and god to them, wanting them to bow down and worship them like they are God. Controlling spirits, trying to use the Word as a weapon against the people! Family members trying to control, manipulate and destroy other family members!
God wants to break the stronghold of witchcraft Jezebel off the people. Some of you feel the suffocation and the chain of the enemy. Many of you do because you have connected to these spirits because you didn’t seek God, but you ran after the gifts of those false prophets and apostles!!
A large portion of warfare that is coming against you is because you have entertained them and sowed into them which has formed a covenant and connection with the evil that they operate in. It’s time to repent and renounce your involvement with these evil works so that these chains of bondage shall be destroyed.
Because the people are lazy and won’t pray and seek God for themselves and many of them have secret sins of which they won’t repent and get delivered from. They have gotten caught up in these works.
Emotional rollercoasters rides and merry-go-rounds will keep you in derision and conflict. This causes you to sacrifice truth, in exchange, for emotions. This is idolatry. This is seducing and bewitching you from the truth to keep you from obeying it. If you stand up to a manipulating person, you fear the consequences of their wrath. In 1 Kings 21:1-16, we see the makings of a daytime drama. Jezebel’s husband wanted a vineyard, but the landowner, Naboth, in obedience to God (vs. 3), refused to relinquish his property. Ahab gave up and sulked, but Jezebel chose to use her influence. She decided to do something about it.
You see, Naboth stood up to Ahab and refused to let Ahab control him. This is a great example of boundaries and standing up for what you believe. This is about control. Manipulators ignore the facts. They control through emotions. Jezebel is a control freak. She wanted to have control over the kingdom, the family and over God's servants. Ahab sulks and Jezebel steps in, using her influence to manipulate the legal process. She draws others into her scheme, allowing Ahab to take possession of the vineyard. Manipulators are always trying to force by imposing their will unto others. They are self-willed. It has to be about them. They never think of the well being of the other person. What ever you do, you will never be able to make them happy. The problem is not you. It's them. They are operating in a witchcraft spirit.
For a Christian, manipulation means attempting to gain control of someone or circumstances using unbiblical means by inciting an emotional reaction rather than a Biblical response. There is an interesting biblical term that may come close to describing manipulative individuals. The word is oppressor. There are several Hebrew words that have been translated into English as oppressor. Take the word, ‘asoq’, for example. According to the Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, the word is concerned with acts of abuse of power of authority, the burdening, trampling, and crushing of those lower in station. Another interesting word for oppressor it ‘tok’. Used in Proverbs 29:13, the term connotes fraud and deceitfulness…manipulators deceitfully conceal significant information from those whom they are trying to control. We must bind and cast out that spirit of oppression in the authority of Jesus Names and put on the garment of praise.
Jesus Christ never manipulates us to achieve His end or purpose. He never treats us as if we are mere objects. He always treats us with dignity, as people. Perhaps people have pushed you around and have taken advantage of you over the years to such an extent that it is impossible for you to conceive what it would be like to be treated with dignity. Though Satan is neither omnipotent nor omniscient, he has tremendous powers of manipulation. The Bible says, "And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness" I John 5:19.
To resist Satan without submitting to God is only half the strategy. But even after recognizing the enemy and deciding to seek help, we must still put on the armor. God's arsenal is open to us. The battle array comes in all sizes.
"Wherefore take unto you the whole amour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" Ephesians 6:13-17.
I believe we are living in the last days. The remnant church is being affected by blatant opposition from a cold and calloused society. Jesus said these things would prophetically happen. Yes, especially in our own church and families. In fact, I believe 2 Timothy 3:1-13 describes a "narcissistic" society in the end times. People are becoming cold-hearted. They profess to know God, but their behavior shows otherwise. Their conscience is becoming seared as with a hot branding iron. They no longer feel bad for their wrong behavior or coldness of heart. This sinister behavior is prevalent and expected in heathens, but it is becoming more prevalent in the church. Even some heathen have more love than professing believers of Jesus Christ. This is the great deception.
I receive so many emails about family members and church members who profess to be Christians, but they backbite, are full of malice and they have no natural love for those who are serving the Lord. In fact, They are self deceived and deceiving others. They are full of hypocrisy and lies. They are full of jealousy and hatred for the true believer who stands against our immoral society. It is not normal not to have "natural affection". You would have to become bitter, and full of unforgiveness to develop a cold heart. We are supposed to "love our neighbors as ourselves" according to God's Word. Most professing Christians cannot "love" let alone lay down their life for the other person as Jesus instructs us to do.
We live in a day where people are selfish. They are not concerned that their choices are about pleasing themselves. They blaspheme God in their morals, words, and conduct. Again, they profess to know God. They are unholy in their thoughts and behavior. It's all about 'them". Many of them are in our families. Many are sitting next to us on the pews on Sunday morning. Sadly, some of them are preaching from the pulpits. They have a counterfeit faith like Pharaoh's magicians.
What should the remnant church of Jesus Christ do? How should we handle such blatant evil? I believe the Scriptures below, tell us to stay away from such people in 2 Timothy 3 verse 5. We have to turn away from them. "Loving" our enemies does not mean we allow them to harm us. It means we expose the works of darkness, not cover them up. One sinner destroys much good. It is very loving to call things as they are. If you love people, you will not lie to them about their evil. The most unloving people will never warn others about the judgments of God.
If we allow ourselves to be around people who are angry, evil, malicious, unholy, lovers of selves, high-minded, traitors, fierce, without any love for us, proud, and pleasure seekers, we will be changed by them and develop a root of bitterness that will turn us away from the living God. The Bible tell us to stay away from an angry person or else we will become like them and destroy our souls! Read Proverbs 22:24. Most people will harden their hearts towards you and disappear or hate your walk with God and discredit you. Let them. Allow God to deal with them. Vengeance is His, not yours.
We will suffer persecution in our church and families. It is prophetic. Jesus commands us to forgive these type of people, but He does not tell us to be friends with them. We have to set up Godly boundaries to protect ourselves. God has His own boundaries and He has requirements before any one of us can enter into His presence. We must too! We must not enter into debate with topics like this. Stay away from people who love strife. Their heart is already bitter and the conversations will only get worse. Stay in forgiveness and allow your heart to stay tender in this lawless generation. This life is temporary. Our days are numbered. Keep yourself pure and unspotted from this world. Stay obedient. Keep close those who reverently serve the Lord. Let your 'love" walk be tender towards all but don't become a coward to bullies. Allow the Holy Spirit to minister to your wounds. Keep your eyes on things in heaven, not here on earth. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will keep you in perfect peace. The joy of the Lord is your strength. Guard it and guard your heart!
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
There is a generation that does not fear God.. I believe we are living in those days. Deception is at an all time high. Whether you are a new believer or a mature believer, you will experience professing Christians "lying". According to the Bible, there is no difference in a white lie or black lie. Any half truth is a complete lie. The Bible says that "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord" in Proverbs 12:22. In fact, God even says that all liars will be in the lake that burns will fire and sulfur in the book of Revelation 21;8.
Most people are so accustomed to "lying" that they even believe their own lies. Satan is called the "Father of lies". Marriages, families, friendships, and jobs are destroyed because of lies. Some people are even known to take the lies to their death beds. Satan works in darkness. He even works in the churches behind the titles. Pastors, evangelists, and ministers lie too! We as Christians cannot afford to be ignorant of his devices anymore. We cannot afford to be shocked anymore. The enemy devises plans to destroy the true body of Christ. He is at work continually. God does not sleep but neither do demonic spirits. I believe most people in Churches are filled with self deception. They are always learning, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7).
They have a form of godliness, but they will not allow the power of God to change them. They are full of un-repented sin. They deceive others as they are deceived themselves. Half truths, false doctrine, flattery, hypocrisy, and false promises are just some of the underlying evils in our midst. A lie is a false statement with deliberate intent to deceive. Lying is a moral issue. It is a sin. Family members are alienated because of lies. Reputations are destroyed because of lies. Churches are divided because of lies. Children often practice to lie because of their parents and generational sins are passed down. Liars often influence other people to tell lies. Proverbs 29:12 says: "If a ruler pays attention to lies, all his servants become wicked".
Many people lie for different reasons. God is not concerned about "why". A lie is a lie. In the Bible, Rahab the harlot (Joshua 2) hid the spies to save their lives. She lied to protect the men of God. This is an usual event. That does not give us permission to lie. A person who harbors bitterness and un-forgiveness will manifest a lying tongue. They will do anything they can to destroy another person. They will not go unpunished. They are full of poison on their lips. They are always spreading a net to ruin another person. They are always plotting and planning another's ruin. Hatred drives their heart. Liars are so self deceived, that they themselves live a lie. They portray something on the outside that they are not on the inside. In public, everyone likes them, but no one knows what they are secretly hiding. Proverbs 26:28 says: "A lying tongue HATES those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin."
People tell lies on the internet, on Facebook, on Twitter and the list goes on. The Bible says, "A man who bears false witness is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow" (Proverbs 25:18). God hates it so much, that He calls it an abomination! A lying tongue is not something to play with. In fact, you will not go to heaven if you don't repent and come clean. If you have the Holy Spirit, He will convict you the moment you sin. If you are not convicted, you don't have the Holy Spirit. Think about all the lies you tell. We all know when we lie. There will be no excuse. Satan controls us when we lie. He likes to hide in darkness. People who live in lies, hide in darkness. They live in torment. Lies beget lies. In fact, to some people, lying is a game to them. Nothing can be hidden from God. What will you choose today? Will you choose to turn to the only one that can set you free from Satan? Will you repent and turn to Jesus and receive His blood to wash your sins? Will you choose LIFE or DEATH today? It's never to late to turn while you have air in your lungs and a beating heart. Turn to Jesus before it's to late. Make it right with those you have wronged before it's too late. Our days are numbered. The road is narrow and only a few will enter into the kingdom of God..
Premarital cohabitation has become common in the church because Christian leaders have remained silent on this issue and many Christians have adopted today's secular values as their own. Our society cherishes "trying before buying", convenience at any cost, sex without rules, companionship without commitment, and relationship without responsibility. Everything premarital cohabitation provides. Instead of walking in righteousness and holiness, today's Christian opposes the values and commands of the Holy Bible.
1 Thessalonians 4:5
"For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;"
The Bible commands us to flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18). There are two Biblical options for Christians. Either get married or move out! Or...continue to live in SIN. God cannot and will not honor sin. How can we expect the Lord to bless us when we violate His commands? God is not a prude. He made marriage, sex (between a man and a woman) and the very idea of living together. The right way may not be easy, but it honors God. Disobedience brings us harm. We are open to the enemy when we decide to live in habitual sin. In fact, God says we won't make it to heaven if we continually practice any sin (1st Cor. 6:9-11).
So many people are so desperate to be with someone, that they will compromise everything or small things for the sake of companionship. The statistics of divorces are extremely high when couples live together before marriage. Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free? Just because it's legal, does not mean it is Biblical. There was a time in the United Sates when living together was illegal. Our society has become corrupted. Our fear of God has gone. The Christian Church has become lukewarm and we are afraid to offend anyone but God. If you are so desperate for love, then the love you are looking for can only come from a sinless Savior named Jesus. Nothing else can satisfy the human heart. It is a empty hole that only God can fill. You can sit in a pew at church every week, but you will never make it to heaven until you repent and let Him change your life. We can't hide from God.
It is high time for the Christians to humble themselves and repent before the judgement of God strikes our nation. Yes, it's coming. We live in a world where evil is good and good is evil as prophesied in the Bible. Jesus is coming!
Many people feel that if they practice something "for fun", it won't hurt them. So many people go to psychics or mediums because they want to know their future or they may play with a Ouija Board to contact the dead as a "game" for fun. They may even read horoscopes for fun while thinking it will not harm them. There is also an incredible invasion of easter mysticism in our western culture that includes different types of yoga, meditation and self help practices that seem harmless.
Halloween is considered by most, as a holiday for children and adults to dress up in costumes and have fun. Halloween is a sacred, high holiday for Wiccans (the official religion of witchcraft). Churches practice "Trunk or Treat' as an alternative for evangelism or safety for the kids. The world knows what "Halloween" stands for. The world also knows what Christmas and Easter stand for. I believe the church of Jesus Christ has fallen asleep in the light. We have allowed so many evil practices into our churches, that we can no longer discern the evil from the good or the profane from the holy. Halloween depicts death and fear. It glamorizes the occult, witchcraft, demons, gore, blood, fear, evil, torture, murder, skeletons(which represent death), Disney characters(which most glorify witchcraft and sorcery), and the list goes on...
If you do things "for fun" and you think it is not hurting you, you are already deceived. I don't care if your pastor or church is okay with it, God is not. Most Pastors are deceived and deceiving others and some pastors are wolves in sheep's clothing (Matthew 7:13-16). Jesus said this will happen in the end times. We open doorways for Satan and His demons to attack us when we rebel against God and His Word. It is a sin to dabble in the occult. It doesn't matter if it's for fun, you are still dabbling. Sin separates us from God. I have never met a person, who compromises with the occult, that does not have emotional, spiritual or even demonic physical attacks or issues in their life. Not all attacks are from rebellion, but many are. We give Satan a foothold. He is seeking to steal, kill and destroy us and he is not playing around. If you give him an inch, he will take a mile. Many people in our churches have been delivered from the occult and Satan's power and we are causing them to stumble. God will not hold us guiltless!
Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" The two just don't go together. The Bible clearly forbids serving two gods. If you serve Jesus, you will hate Satan. If you love Satan and Jesus, then you truly love Satan. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Corinthians 6:14), and neither should we. We have to repent as a church and stop justifying celebrating this demonic, worldly and evil holiday! Don't follow the crowd. Listen to the Holy Spirit. He is HOLY.
"They even sacrificed their own sons and daughters in the fire. They consulted fortune-tellers and practiced sorcery and sold themselves to evil, arousing the LORD ’s anger." -Kings 17:17 NLT
The Holy Spirit enters into us the moment we are "born again" of the Spirit of God. He will moment by moment, walk with us and reveal to us what has already been spoken in His Word. The Truth. I remember when the Lord Jesus asked me to specifically repent of sins that I had committed in my past. He never failed to bring up to me every lie I told, every thing I stole, every act of immorality, every false god I believed in, every deception I believed in, my worldy wisdom, my rebellion against authority, my pride, my lust, and the list went on. He also asked me to remove certain things from my house which brought evil soul ties and attachments to my past sinful lifestyle. Things like: rock and and new age music (which was my entire music collection), all self-help/psychology/new-age books, demonic wall art, bar clothes, all alcohol, drugs, and pornography. He even told me to destroy all past pictures of my party life style and sinful relationships. I took everything that could burn and put it into a pile in my driveway, REPENTED to the Lord, set it on fire and renounced the kingdom of satan and all ground I had given him in the authority of Jesus Name (Acts 19:19). He showed me through His Word how important is was to break away from all of my old friends.
Those friends were a part of my sinful lifestyle. Then He asked me to ask for forgiveness from my Mom for being so rebellious to her as a teenager. You see, He knows what He is doing. God wants to clean up our lives, but that requires obedience on our part. I no longer had to the desire to live in sin. I no longer wanted to be like the world. I wanted to come out and be free! The Lord saw that I was serious about Him and every time He told me to do something, I did it. Six months later, I received a radical baptism of the Holy Spirt! What an amazing journey it has been for me. Whom the Son sets free is free indeed! It's His transforming power that works in us. Will you let Jesus in? You will deny yourself and take up your cross? Will you surrender at the foot of the cross so He can clean you up? Today, you can be free in Jesus Name!
"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen." (Ephesians 3: 20-21)