Today. You can't live on your yesterdays. Your tomorrows are impacted by your todays.
Today. This moment. Right now. It's all you really have.
What will you do with it?
Hebrews 3:7 - "Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you will hear His voice..."
Verse 8 says, "Do not harden your hearts."
All sorts of opportunities are available to you right now, oops! Another one just went by! It's a "yesterday" now. Never to be recaptured.
Jesus speaks to you everyday. Every moment. Do you hear Him? And if you even hear Him, what do you do with what he says?
Do you harden your heart?
What is a hardened heart anyway? It's a heart that turns sour and bitter. It's a heart that in spite of everything being done for it, still remains bitter and angry and reacts to the bitterness rather than the voice of Jesus. People with hardened hearts make life tough on themselves. They make poor life choices for themselves, their families, and essentially everyone they come in contact with pays a negative price for it.
All because of a catastrophic failure of obedience to the Word.
Hear Him today, and do not harden your heart. That is the instruction. We are hardpressed to blame God for making it too tough to understand.
Yet, another person has somewhere just crippled their walk with God, and put themselves and their family at risk, by another self-inflicted bullet to the foot.
Hear Him today, and do not harden your heart. It's downright remedial.
Conversely, ignore Him today and build up self-destructive barriers around your heart.
I don't think people purposely set out to do that, but they just sort of arrive there after jealousy, frustration, pent up rage and anger, bitterness, self-hatred, and a host of negative emotions build up that stronghold of deafness to God.
The phenomenal thing is that one can actually think everything is just fine with God, and that all of their woe is because of other people!
Oh, the devil is an artisan of well crafted scenarios designed purposely to sneak you away from God.
See, that's why the verse says "Hear HIS voice".
If you hear the voice of Jesus you will not listen to the other competing voices, and your heart will not be hardened.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><