Symptoms Of A Hard Heart - Mark 8:11-21

Mark 8:17 “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?”

Just a few days before this instance, hard hearts caused Jesus’ disciples to be amazed when they saw Jesus walk on the water to them. Here, Jesus’ statements reveal some of the characteristics of someone with a hard heart.

  1. First, a hard heart keeps us from perceiving spiritual truths. This is why everyone in a church service hears exactly the same message, yet some will receive it while others won’t. It’s not the Word that is the variable, but rather the condition of the hearts. A hard heart stops spiritual perception.
  2. Second, a hard heart stops us from understanding spiritual truth. When a person doesn’t understand God’s Word, Satan finds no resistance when he comes to steal it.
  3. Third, a hard heart keeps us from remembering. This isn’t to say that we can’t recall facts or scriptures. As related in Mark 8:19-20, the disciples remembered the facts of the two miraculous feedings, but they had forgotten any spiritual lessons they might have learned. Likewise, some people can quote scripture or remember what the sermon was about, but they can’t perceive the spiritual life in the message or retain what they did perceive.

A hard heart blinds us to any spiritual perception and keeps us thinking only in the natural realm.

Small faith and a hard heart are the same. Hebrews 3:12-13 parallels an evil heart of unbelief to a hard heart. It takes great faith to keep your heart sensitive to God.

Seek Him with your whole heart today.

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