Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (390 words)
Jeremiah 17:9–10 (ESV): "9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10 "I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deed."What is the driving force in your life? Where do your desires come from? The Bible says the heart (Prov 4:23). It's important to understand the nature of our hearts then. According to the Lord, our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked. No one does good, no one goes after God in the natural state because our hearts drive us away. Thankfully God gives us a new heart, a heart of flesh and not of stone (Ez 36:26) that we can do good and follow after Him.
God speaking through Jeremiah reminds man of the nature of their true heart. It's not for God. It's no wonder the people of Judah were following after idols and not obeying the Word of God. They were living in their natural hearts. We must understand that although our hearts have been changed by putting our faith in Christ we still have that old wicked heart that can take over our new one. That is why we can't trust ourselves in terms of how we feel and think. We need to trust in God's Word. It is a discerner of the heart (Heb 4:12).
Let me ask you, what heart are you allowing to rule your life? Is it the natural one that satisfies the desires of the flesh or the new one given by God that leads us to satisfy the desires of the Spirit? When you find yourself struggling ask God to change your heart. He will most certainly honor a prayer like that. He searches and knows us and desires nothing but good for us. So check your heart today Christian and make sure you are being controlled by the new one, amen?
Father, we thank You for giving us a new heart. Help us to understand the deceitfulness of the old one and to never allow it to reign in our lives. We desire to live for You so help us by keeping our hearts occupied on things of You and not of this world we pray in Jesus' name, amen.