“A hardened heart” is our greatest enemy in quenching our thirst. It is the result of long-term “dryness,” a state of being constantly closed off by our own “blind spots,” which is the devil’s most adept tactic!
Satan was originally an angel who, like other angels, knew God very well. However, because of his pride and jealousy, he hardened his heart against God, became a fallen angel, the prince of darkness, the father of lies, and could also be called the father of “hardened hearts”. Therefore, Satan is eager to lead more people into a state of “hardened heart”, making them more easily manipulated and influenced by the devil, turning them into the devil’s slaves, and leading them away from our Heavenly Father who loves us most dearly.
What is alarming is that most people are not aware that they have a “hardened heart” and believe they have no problem. The devil is happy to go along with this and encourage you to keep your heart hardened.
Our “hardened heart” causes us to gradually drift away from God without even realizing it.
Therefore, the key to “quenching our thirst” lies in our efforts to narrow the gap between what we desire and what our Heavenly Father desires; the more our desires are in line with God’s desires, the better the relationship becomes.
Only when God and our desires meet, that is, when our desires are in line with His, can both God’s and our thirst be satisfied at the same time, as one cannot be without the other.
This is the crucial and only way to quench our thirst in life.
To reduce our blind spots and opportunities that lead to a “hardened heart”, one of the most effective methods is to simplify our lives.
A simple life helps us to reduce the clutter and lesser things in life, which not only minimizes our distractions but also our non-essential desires.
Do you think you have any blind spots? Do you have a hardened heart?
We tend to think that God has complete control over everything, including our relationship with Him. After the reflections of the past two days, do you have any new insights?
In your relationship with God, do you feel that you are faithful to Him? Is it God who let you down, or is it you who let Him down?
Merciful Father, thank You for further opening my eyes and my heart, allowing me to see more clearly and be more sensitive, so that I can see my blind spots and hardness of heart, and also feel Your heartache. Please do not let my awakening process stop due to my pride, thinking that I have no problems, and even blaming You for not actively approaching me and granting me an intimate relationship with You. Let me be more fair to You, understand You more, and love You more. Abba Father, I love You!
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
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The following is the “Farmer of Hearts: I Thirst” team, including FLL staff and volunteers.
Please kindly pray for them. May God protect them and sustain their physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Project Manager: Michael Lam
Writer: Paul Yeung
Editors: Bonny Chan, Rosa Tse
English Translators: Bonny Chan, Sammy Ip, Zenia Lau
Cantonese Narrator: Margaret Woo
English Narrators: Bonny Chan, Sammy Ip
Mandarin Narrators: Anthony X. and team
Audio Editors: Arnold Chan, Fonte Ip, Sander Lee, Margaret Woo
YouTube Editors: Fonte Ip, Damaso Wong
Graphics: Francis Lai, Rosa Tse
Website: Angela Wong, Patricia Young
Podcast: Angela Wong
Social Media: Clara Chang, Yollie Leung, Carmen Tsang, Rosa Tse, Damaso Wong