Summary: A Message about the hard heart

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Mark 6:45-56 (KJV)

45 And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship , and to go to the other side before unto Bethsaida , while he sent away the people .

46 And when he had sent them away , he departed into a mountain to pray .

47 And when even was come , the ship was in the midst of the sea , and he alone on the land .

48 And he saw them toiling in rowing ; for the wind was contrary unto them : and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them , walking upon the sea , and would have passed by them .

49 But when they saw him walking upon the sea , they supposed it had been a spirit , and cried out :

50 For they all saw him , and were troubled . And immediately he talked with them , and saith unto them , Be of good cheer : it is I ; be not afraid .

51 And he went up unto them into the ship ; and the wind ceased : and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure , and wondered .

52 For they considered not the miracle of the loaves : for their heart was hardened .

I. The meaning of the Hardened Heart

What is a hard heart?

 The dictionary defines hardened as cold, insensitive, unfeeling, and unyielding. If you’re honest with yourself, you’ll have to agree that there are certain areas of your life where you have a hard heart toward God.

 The hard heart does not realize the power of Christ.

 The hard heart limits Christ and belittles Him.

The disciples did not look to the miracle of the loaves because they had a hard heart. They were preoccupied!

Jesus describes for us a hard heart:

Mark 8:16-21 (KJV)

16 And they reasoned among themselves , saying , It is because we have no bread .

17 And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them , Why reason ye , because ye have no bread ? perceive ye not yet , (neither understand ? have ye your heart yet hardened ?

Notice the description of this heart?

18 Having eyes , see ye not ? and having ears , hear ye not ? and do ye not remember ?

19 When I brake the five loaves among five thousand , how many baskets full of fragments took ye up ? They say unto him , Twelve .

20 And when the seven among four thousand , how many baskets full of fragments took ye up ? And they said , Seven .

21 And he said unto them , How is it that ye do not understand ?

A hard heart does not grow.

A hard heart does not prosper.

A hard heart does not see the Lord.

A hard heart does not look through eyes of faith.

Job 9:3-4 (KJV)

3 If he will contend with him, he cannot answer him one of a thousand .

4 He is wise in heart , and mighty in strength : who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered ?

The hard heart Christian is not going anywhere.

They are the same. They are 4-5-6-7 years no growth – nothing.

They do not prosper in the Christian life.

When I first enrolled in seminary, I found an apartment room next to a railroad crossing. I wondered why the apartment rent was so cheap—and found out the first night. A train came through in the middle of the night, blasting its horn. It didn’t just wake me up, but also nearly gave me a heart attack!

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