Hardening of the heart
Lamentations 3:15 -
He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood [means to curse].
In the Bible we have seen God hardens the heart of a person and leads that person to disasters, sometimes even in the worst situations the Lord changes a person's heart and saves him and sometimes without any event a person has been renewed in the heart. Why and on what basis does this happen?
It is very important to understand the different sections of the heart (inner man) because on these are based the decisions of the Lord.
The two most important parts of the inner man that the Lord looks at is the Throne / Priority area if it is the Kingdom of God is seated on it or it is the worldly kingdom seated or is the evil kingdom that is seated. If it is the evil kingdom, God will harden this heart further and bring this being to destruction so as to make a testimony of him/her.
If it is God's Kingdom then there are high chances that nothing much will happen and the person will be saved from his/her situations seamlessly. In few cases the second area (Nature / Character) is taken into consideration if that person's problems elongate a little longer or not.
If the worldly kingdom is seated on the throne then higher chances are there will be greater shaking, now how much will depend on the Nature / Character of the person.
What builds the Nature or Character of a person is the fruit(s) in that person. The more the fruit(s) the more perfect the Character is ands lesser the problems.
The safest way to keep one's self far from problems is to take care of these two areas; make sure to love God and His Kingdom more than anything so that His Kingdom is always seated on our Thrones. Second important precaution to take is to build ourselves in the fruit(s) of the Holy Spirit so that our Nature is more and more perfect, more and more like Jesus Christ. When these two areas are worked on there are very less changes of one getting into much problems, because automatically the other sections also come under control.
(I am attaching a flowchart of the process that takes place between the different sections of our inner man for your better understanding).
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we pray that You guard our hearts that we do not lose it to this world nor to the evil one. Lord, help us by your Spirit to build ourselves in the fruit of the Holy Spirit so that we do not experience much problems in our lives...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, For this very purpose did I raise thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be published abroad in all the earth.
18 So then he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will be hardeneth.
19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he still find fault? For who withstandeth his will?
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why didst thou make me thus?
21 Or hath not the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?
22 What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering vessels of wrath fitted unto destruction:
23 and that he might make known the riches of his glory upon vessels of mercy, which he afore prepared unto glory,
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