God Can Remove Hearts of Stone

Have you ever seen a frying pan after cooking some bacon or a greasy hamburger what happens to the grease after several hours still sitting in the pan? The grease turns hard and thick, but oh how delicious was the bacon or burger you just ate.

Temptation can be like this when we look and desire something or someone, in this case the smell of bacon only to find out that the trap of lust was not as good as it appeared. In other words, maybe we were deceived and didn’t realize it until we crossed that boundary and are now paying the price.

King David, Samson, and even Judas Iscariot, payed for their desires of lust and greed. David’s house and family became a mess and extremely dysfunctional. Samson was bound and his eyes were gouged out, and he was made a mockery due to his lust after Delilah. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus for a lousy 30 pieces of silver which he eventually regretted and threw the coins back at the religious Sanhedrin and ended up committing suicide.

When a heart becomes hard like stone it can become bitter. The root of bitterness can make us sick and block our relationship with God.

“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
Hebrews 12:15 NLT

Bitterness or resentment can make us sick. It makes us sick both spiritually and even physically. Notice the root of bitterness can be so subtle just like the power of temptation. Unforgiveness creates such a barrier and the longer we hold it in, the harder our heart becomes.

Notice how God responds with his love toward us when we ask Him to forgive us?

I will give them (Israel) an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh.
Ezekiel 11:19 NIV

The Lord removes our heart of stone or idols we have hid deep within our heart, when we ask for forgiveness and repent which means turning away from our downfalls.

He puts His Spirit in our hearts to have a new relationship with Him and His son Jesus Christ.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

The key to healing and to experience God’s love and presence is to release all your bitterness, anger, lust, envy, unforgiveness to Him. To acknowledge and take responsibility for our own actions, whether we have been violated or not.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:31‭-‬32 NLT

It was over 40 years ago today at age 18, January 26, 1981 that I found peace with the Lord Jesus Christ. He melted my hard, stony, stubborn heart like that pan of grease and put His Spirit and love in my heart and life. I have never been the same and I am grateful for God’s grace each day.

But for the grace of God there go I or any of us for that matter!

Whatever you may be holding onto and preventing you from receiving healing and forgiveness leave it into the Lord’ s hands and allow Him to do the work in your life.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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