The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie BurgisAventurine is the fiercest, bravest dragon there is. And shes ready to prove it to her family by leaving the safety of their mountain cave and capturing the most dangerous prey of all: a human. But when the human she finds tricks her into drinking enchanted hot chocolate, Aventurine is transformed into a puny human girl with tiny blunt teeth, no fire, and not one single claw.
But shes still the fiercest creature in the mountains -- and now shes found her true passion: chocolate! All she has to do is get herself an apprenticeship (whatever that is) in a chocolate house (which sounds delicious), and shell be conquering new territory in no time...wont she?
What Does It Mean To Have A Hardened Heart?
There are many passages of Scripture that talk about our heart. In fact, there are over occurrences in the Bible. If you are a regular church attendee or someone that reads books dealing with spirituality you are probably very familiar with this concept. To fully understand what the Scriptures are intending, it is important to understand what the heart is both physically and then in the spiritual sense too. The heart is a hollow muscular organ that pumps blood throughout the blood vessels to various parts of the body by repeated, rhythmic contractions. This sounds pretty simple and if I asked for your definition you might say that the heart is what keeps the blood moving and is the life source of the body. So, to state the obvious, when Scripture talks about the heart it is not only describing that muscle that is going thump, thump, thump in the body but is also describing out inner being that includes our emotions, our intellect and our moral make up.
What I believe is that human beings have times of free will… but sometimes the Bible seems to indicate that God hardens the hearts of men… And I believe He does this for some good and righteous reasons…. It might be released soon., We can understand, even expect, that God will help prepare our hearts to be human. He will help us to be humane to others, particularly those laboring under oppression, as the Israelites were in ancient Egypt.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. Our heart and how we deal with it play a significant role on how we live out our lives for Christ. It's from our heart that all things that we do flow from and where we process all things that come in. Thus, it's important that our heart is in right standing with God and protected from the hardening caused by sin.
We have been studying the life of Moses. He was born with a death sentence over his head. He survived a genocidal decree. He survived being left in the Nile River. He was raised and educated in the palace. At forty, he commits a crime and has an arrest warrant out for him. He flees in fear to Midian where he changes his identity.
To change your life, you must change the way you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude. God continues to reveal who He is through His Word as He did in the days of old and now through divine revelation. Romans But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness. He is a person that has come to convict men of their sin.