How Deep Can a Stone Heart Sink?

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26 HCSB)”

There are few things that are more dangerous for the believer than sin.

Don’t get me wrong, sin alone is the ultimate separation from our Lord and Savior. I am not saying that some sin is ok, not at all. You see, sin when repented of (the true meaning of repentance) leads us only to forgiveness, mercy and grace. Paul tells us that “conviction is only through his kindness, and it leads to repentance.” Meaning, we are allowed to be convicted in order to be in the presence of the Lord blameless and clean….BECAUSE HE LOVES US.

So, what can be more harmful than sin itself? A heart of stone…

A heart of stone is the outcome of a reliance in self and a complacency in God’s mercy for oneself. We forget about who God is and rely on what we can do….or can’t do for that matter. We often find ourselves caught in the “i know” stage or working for the sake of pattern. This soon becomes monotony in our lives. We forget about the Gospel, we forget about the joy that we had when one was saved. This is why the Psalter writes “Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit. (Psalm 51:12 HCSB)” When a heart of stone is fully developed, it functions as sound barrier between us and God. No transition can get through, therefore you grow cold and choose to continually rely on yourself…and the pebbles that first started grow and become a boulder…your heart, is a heart of stone. You choose not to repent. Sin left un-repented of is death.

So what’s the medication? How do we begin to erode the stone to portray flesh? The prescription is this. You recognize who God is, and who you are not. Simply stated, you must come under the authority of Jesus and remember He who saved you, because He loved,loves and will love you. Understanding that the only way to break the stone is through the authority of Christ will do several things:

1. You will know who you were…and who you are now because of Jesus.
2. You will repent of your sin and start chipping the stone.
3. You will thank God for mercy and grace.
4. You will have the joy of your salvation restored.
5. You will know, trust, and share the Gospel!
All these things are great news! It all starts with knowing who God is and who you are not.

So how deep can a stone heart sink? To the deepest trench. The question really is, will you sink with it, or will you watch it sink?

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear

and put their trust in the Lord. (Psalm 40:3 HCSB)”

Tent Peg and Hammer

Judges 4:21
“But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died.”

There is violence in a walk with Jesus. There is righteous anger and justified wrath.

We see all through Judges that the redeemed of the Lord, the people of Israel, are a people that are in desperate need of leaders. We also see the violent streak in the walk with Christ. In Judges 3, Ehud, a left handed man was raised for the people of Israel to follow. Ehud finds himself in the chambers of King Eglon of Moab to pay tribute. He, in an act that could be reenacted in the movies today, reaches down to his right thigh with his left hand and thrusts the dagger into the belly of the King! Picture it, an overweight king gets stabbed in the belly by a ninja like, left handed man. Scripture records that the belly went over the dagger, over Ehud’s hand and the Kings “dung” came out! That is righteous violence…and the people of Israel followed Ehud that day after trumpet sound and killed 10,000 Moabites, A revolution started by a left handed man called by the Lord.

In Judges 4, after the people of Israel again do evil in the sight of the Lord after Ehud dies, they were given by the Lord to Jabin, King of Canaan. Jabin had an army that was intimidating to say the least. The commander of the army was named Sisera. After prayer to the Lord, the Lord gives word to Deborah, the prophetess in charge of judging Israel at the time. She tells Barak “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel commanded you, “Go gather your men at Mount Tabor taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun” “And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” So, Barak takes his troops. The Lord draws out Sisera and his troops to give them to the hands of Barak. Sisera cowards and begins to run. As he is running away he comes across a tent, the tent of Jael. Jael was a quiet woman, wife of Heber. She invited Sisera into her tent and offered him protection. Sisera being tired and thirsty asked for water, she instead gave him milk and a place to lie his head. What a sweet woman. As Sisera was fast asleep, Jael, again in an act that should be in film takes a tent peg and hammer and drives it through Sisera’s temple! And there he laid. The people of Israel, again were victorious.

The Christian walk is not a walk of color pink, but its dashed in reds, purple and blues. It calls for righteous anger and violence. Against whom? Against sin! We are to be angry at our sin we are to be violent towards our sin, we are to stand against unrighteousness, we are to hate everything in us that causes us to fall into sin. We are called to live peaceably with others and we are called to be violent against sin…our sin.

Are you angry at your sin?