Be aware of how satan wants to use this world to mold our hearts. In this counterfeit-deploy, we must be proactive in shoring up our heart against such wily attacks.
Hebrews 3:13 says that the deceitfulness of sin hardens the heart. Remember God’s word to Cain. Genesis 3:7 says, “…sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.”
We rule over our hearts by filling the reservoir of our hearts with the truth of God’s word. It is His word that molds, shapes, and creates the vessel for His work. 2 Timothy 2:20 says, “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.”
Verse 21 says, “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
In wheel pottery, the potter must work the dry clay with lots of water. As the water is kneaded into the clay, it become moldable. Before that, nothing can be done with it. Once the clay is permeated with the water, the vessel can be formed without being marred.
Hidden sin mars and disfigures our character. It hardens our heart so that when we hear His word, it bounces off and doesn’t penetrate to bring change.
Unforgiveness is a hidden sin. It hardens our heart so that we resist the convicting role of the Holy Spirit. It makes us impervious to the power of His word. It is fallow ground, uncultivated and barren of fruit that will glorify the Lord. Psalm 130:3 says, “If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand.”
Verse 4 is the good news. It says, “But there is forgiveness with You, that You may be feared.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. If you have unforgiveness, it blocks wholehearted worship.
Forgive as we have been forgiven is a command. Our past, present, and future sins were forgiven totally and unequivocally. When we forgive the ones who have hurt us, our heart’s hardness is softened and moldable to be more Christ-like in our character.