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)”

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3 Things the Gospel is Not

Working through much junk of what we have been taught the Gospel is, I was made sick to my stomach. The Gospel that is being shared in America today is NOT Gospel. Health, Wealth and Prosperity is not what the Gospel is. It is not a new car in my driveway, it’s not a “rub the lamp to have the genie make your wishes come true” theology.

The Gospel is not your story.
It is the Gospel that MAKES your story good news. Your story DOESN’T make the Gospel good news. So, stop sharing your story as gospel and start sharing the Gospel in your story.

-The Gospel is not the flavor of the week.
You don’t go into a Gospel driven church and ask for what tastes good this week! It is NOT an ice cream shop. Gospel is forever and Gospel is truth and truth offends. Stop asking for the palatable and pray for the transformation that the gospel brings.

-The Gospel is not selfish.
“hide it under a bush oh no! I’m gonna let it shine.” Truth spoken by a childhood song! Stop hiding the gospel in your life and share what has been freely given to you! do you light your lamp and cover the light? Or, does the light light up your room?

The Gospel is The Father sending his son Jesus to a fallen world (because of sin). Jesus taking off his kingly robes to wear the garments of a servant. Be born of a virgin, grow in wisdom and in stature (Luke 2:52) not counting equality with God something to be grasped (Philippians 2:6), lived a sinless life for 33 years, and was murdered on the cross by people he created in order that we may taste freedom through his completed work on the cross! That is why we live, that is why we breathe, that is why we get to be a part of his story…he is the Hero we were all waiting for!
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2nd Corinthians 5:21