Stubbornness

Exodus 7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he listened not to them; as the LORD had said. 14 And the LORD said to Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuses to let the people go. 15 Get you to Pharaoh in the morning; see, he goes out to the water; and you shall stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shall you take in your hand. 16 And you shall say to him, The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, till now you would not hear.

Stubbornness is a basic character flaw or personality defect, one of seven possible chief features adopted in adolescence to protect the self at the level of false personality.

Stubbornness is the tendency to resist any form of change. It is defined as:

refusing to move or change one’s opinion; [1]

the trait of being difficult to handle or overcome; resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires [2]

Other names for stubbornness include dogged insistence, intransigence, temerity and pig-headedness.

Stubbornness is essentially an entrenched resistance to change. And given that life is all about change, stubbornness is effectively a resistance to life itself.

The person with stubbornness is driven by a fundamental resistance to being forced to do anything or experience anything against his will. The basic stance is, “No, I won’t, and you can’t make me.”

(Taken from http://personalityspirituality.net/articles/the-michael-teachings/chief-features/stubbornness/)

Man is naturally stubborn. It sees that the more Godly the situation or idea, the more stubborn man is, and the more sinful, Satan inspired the situation or idea, the less stubborn. This might come from the Garden.

God made a decree about the ‘Fruit of Knowledge’. He made a statement about it that man was not to eat of it, ‘lest ye shall surely die.’ Then Satan comes along and casts dispersions and doubt as to what God has said. Man (woman) is just too eager to go along.. because man believes the lie Satan told them and they swallow it hook line and sinker. When God came looking for them the next morning, they hid. They knew they were doing wrong, but they were not going to agree with God that they had. They were going to keep God in the dark. Well, that is an impossibility.

God asked man ‘Where are you?’. This was not God wondering where man was. He already knew. He was wanting man to understand where he was and what this did to his relationship to God. But man, being the stubborn creature toward Godly things, stood his ground in his sin.

Genesis 1:

9 And the LORD God called to Adam, and said to him, Where are you?

10 And he said, I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

11 And he said, Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not eat?

12 And the man said, The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.

Not only did Adam not confess his sin to God, he tried to blame God for his actions. ‘The woman whom YOU gave to be with me made me do it…..’

Stubbornness takes on lots of forms. All are enmity toward God. If you see someone belittling Godly things, know you are dealing with a stubborn individual. If you see a person mocking Godly things, know you are dealing with a stubborn individual. If you see someone that will have nothing to do with anything Godly, know you are dealing with a stubborn individual.

Some of the most stubborn people are sitting on the pew with you on Sunday morning. There are two kinds of people that attend Church that call themselves Christian. There are the ‘committed’ Christians which hunger and thirst after God and his Word. Then there are the ‘convenient’ Christians who come to Church to be seen, to cover up their sin, to make the rest of the world think they are true to God. Christians are sort of like looking at a ham and egg breakfast. Know that the chicken made a real contribution, but the pig made a true sacrifice. Christians are like that. Ask a committed Christian to do something and they will joyfully. Ask a convenient Christian to do something or get involved and they will give you a myriad of excuses, even cast doubt on whether it is God’s will. And are they ever stubborn, entrenched in their beliefs, their mode of operation, their stance, they are hiding from God in plain sight.

I know of several people that I have witnessed to over the last 40+ years. I have had people give their hearts to God, get involved in church and become productive and fruitful in the kingdom. I have had people that have been so stubborn in their anti Christ ways, they have refused to even listen, hardened their hearts and got a stiff neck. And you can always tell these types because when their assertions have all been refuted and it is time to make a decision for Christ, they get mad and storm away. Further hardening their hearts. I had one to go so far as to run join a cult. That is being stubborn and stiff necked to the absurd level.

The Hebrew word translated “stubborn” means “turned away, morally obstinate, rebellious, and backsliding.”

‘And He hardened Pharaoh’s heart’

חָזַק

cha^zaq

khaw-zak’

A primitive root; to fasten upon; hence to seize, be strong (figuratively courageous, causatively strengthen, cure, help, repair, fortify), obstinate; to bind, restrain, conquer: – aid, amend, X calker, catch, cleave, confirm, be constant, constrain, continue, be of good (take) courage (-ous, -ly), encourage (self), be established, fasten, force, fortify, make hard, harden, help, (lay) hold (fast), lean, maintain, play the man, mend, become (wax) mighty, prevail, be recovered, repair, retain, seize, be (wax) sore, strengten (self), be stout, be (make, shew, wax) strong (-er), be sure, take (hold), be urgent, behave self valiantly, withstand.

Total KJV occurrences: 290

But in the next phrase, ‘Pharaoh’s heart is ‘hardened‘….

כָּבֵד

ka^be^d

kaw-bade’

From H3513; heavy; figuratively in a good sense (numerous) or in a bad sense (severe, difficult, stupid): – (so) great, grievous, hard (-ened), (too) heavy (-ier), laden, much, slow, sore, thick.

Total KJV occurrences: 40

Stubbornness and a stiff neck will eventually cost you your life. Here on Earth and later in the afterlife. Without Christ, you have no hope. There is NO other way to Heaven. Never has been, never will be another way. When a person is stubborn and stiff necked, they are telling God they are bigger and better than He is. They know a better way. And to put it in good Hebraic terminology, they are being ‘sever, difficult and stupid’.

We have heard it said that ‘you can’t fix stupid’. Well, in this case you can. Christ is the answer to this condition and only Christ can soften a hard heart, loosen a stiff neck and bring a soul to the kingdom. But he person has to be willing. They have to quit being so prideful and start agreeing with God. But if they BEGIN to take the first step, Christ is there to meet them, help them become over-comers and accept him as their Saviour. All we can do is share the Gospel with them.

If you don’t know how to share the Gospel, ask someone close to help you. Here is one of the simplest tools to use, all scripture is in the book of Romans.

Roman Road to Salvation

Campus Crusade and The Navigators are two of the many fine programs that are actively evangelizing our communities.

First and foremost, pray for these individuals. Pray that Christ would go before you and prepare the hearts and minds of individuals you are going to witness to in order that they may receive Christ as their Saviour.

Father, we ask you to bless our every effort to reach out and share Christ with others. We ask that you do a special work in the minds and hearts of those that are stubborn and stiff necked. Loosen their minds and hearts that the Word may be planted on good soil.

Father, help us to recognized these traits in our own lives and be over-comers by submitting to your will for our lives. Thank you, in Jesus’ name.

Amen

 

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