We listened to a sermon last week in our online meeting room from Peter Nathan of the Living Church of God about being Pure in Heart. Here is a link to that address should you wish to listen to it: http://cav1.lcg.org/media/sermons/dve866.mp3. In that sermon, he showed the importance of having a pure heart toward God and what happens if you do not.

Notice this scripture that he quoted from Matthew 13:15;

(Mat 13:15)  For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Christ is saying here that because this people’s heart was waxed gross, they were not able to see or hear correctly. That in fact, they were not able to be converted. So what happens if a person’ who is part of the body of Christ already’s heart is “waxed gross”?

The Hebrew word rendered waxed gross is:

pachunō
pakh-oo’-no
From a derivative of G4078 (meaning thick); to thicken, that is, (by implication) to fatten (figuratively stupefy or render callous): – wax gross.

It is a verb; there is an action that causes the heart to become calloused and consequently insensitive. Notice the word render callous is one of the definitions. Apparently, these people were actively making callous their hearts.

Webster explains the word callous as Hardened in mind; insensible; unfeeling. Their minds have become heartless and indifferent to what is going on around them. They appear to be so focused on themselves that they cannot respond to outside stimuli.

The condition of the heart is critical to God.

(2Ch 16:9)  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

God is always watching for that perfect heart and protects that individual.

Now look again what Laodicea condition is;

(Rev 3:16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 

It says that they are lukewarm because they think they have need of nothing. And because of that attitude that cannot see themselves and how they are. I maintain that they got that way because the rendered their heart calloused. God’s Spirit works more with our hearts than with our minds. If we cause our hearts to become calloused, the spirit can not work with us properly.

So how do we correct this problem or at least make sure that we do not have a un-perfect heart toward God?

(Psa 51:10)  Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

God can create that heart for you if you ask. I suggest you read the entire chapter to get the thought and mood that the psalmist was expressing.

(Psa 51:17)  The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

You cannot have a proud heart. Our people who have the Laodicean attitude are rather proud of their supposed accomplishments after all aren’t they rich and increased with goods to the point where they believe they need nothing? That is how they have caused their heart to wax gross. They have become blind to their condition. We MUST maintain a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart for God to be able to work with us. Remember HOT or COLD He can work with LUKEWARM, not so much.

(Rev 3:16)  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

All it takes is for us to repent, with zeal, of that lousy heart and God can correct it.

That is what will open the door for Christ to come in and teach us what we need to prepare for what is going to happen soon.

soon 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 
Rev 3:20  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

Brethren, I ask that you examine yourselves as we approach the Passover season. If you do not have that broken and contrite heart, then take the time to ask God to grant you true repentance so He can come in a clean and purify your heart. Only then will you be able to see your actual condition and take steps to correct it before it is too late.

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