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The Unrepentant Heart

March 6, 2017

Sermon of the Day: The Present Effects of Trembling at the Wrath of God. 

 

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Dried out vessel.

The other morning as spending time in prayer and I had this sort of vision and I wanted to share it with you all.

I hope you all will be able to envision this with me. A vessel or pot of clay  has gone through quite a process to become it’s finished product. The part that is fitting for this vision or analogy is where moist wet clay, very mold-able and pliable becomes dry, hard and very fragile.

You can Paint it and make it very attractive. It is still dry and fragile clay. Anything hard that hits it may cause it to crack. Maybe it falls to the ground and cracks but survives. You now turn the crack towards the wall to hide the defect. The vessel still looks pretty on all the other sides. We may even try to put some type of epoxy or glue to hold that crack together.

Now the glory and prestige of this pot may grow. How strong this pot is, how it survived the fall and so on. Until one day, the slightest breeze, the slightest nudge. The vessel topples and shatters. There went the great and glorious vessel.

What was revealed to me was how directly this reflects the condition of an unrepentant heart.

Ezekiel 36:26

 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.

An unrepentant heart is dry. Its easily offended. It is very resistant to attacking sin. This heart is the dried out and many times, cosmetically beautiful vessel.

Vessels come in all shapes and sizes. They come in all types of colors, designs with all types of beautiful artwork. Why do those vessels need paint or artwork? They are plain and not so appealing right? If we are honest here, when we make a mistake, or get embarrassed how bad to we want to or try to cover it up with some type of facade.

Wherever we are in our lives and walk with the Lord Jesus Christ we need to realize that we are incapable of doing anything good and lasting without Him. Anything good we may establish with our own hands is so temporary and unfulfilling. This reminds me of what I read about this morning when in Numbers 31 God had Moses attack the Midianites.

The Midianites represent the world, and our sin. Dr. McGee’s commentary had a perfect statement about this let me quote from that text:

That is the problem with worldliness. It is not wrong for us to be in the world – that is where God has placed us-the great issue is whether the world is in us, in our hearts and lives. The important lesson for this chapter is that it calls for spiritual separation from the world. Where are you walking? Are you in the Word of God? Are you in fellowship with Christ? That is the important thing for the child of God.

Thru the Bible, J. Vernon McGee. Vol. 1 pg. 525

So as we see men, the unrepentant heart is destined for destruction and failure. If there is no separation from the world we will continue to be a dried out vessel. Trying to make everything good and right with our own hands and minds. Let’s be honest, how is that going for you?

The sooner we all can stop kidding ourselves the sooner we can get on track and allow God to do His work in our hearts. My hope and prayer is that you will seek the Lord, answer those questions from Dr. McGee and decide what kind of vessel you want to be.

2 Timothy 2:20-21

20 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. 21 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.

 

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