June 02, 2020
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJB) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
How many times do you hear, “trust your heart…” Perhaps this seems like good solid advice to heed and apply in your life. However, doing so is not biblical and is both physically and spiritually detrimental and, quite frankly, is eternally dangerous.
The Bible tells us that our hearts cannot be trusted. Our feelings and emotions lie and camouflage the truth of many matters. Did you note that God tells us that our hearts are desperately wicked? Not just wicked, but dreadfully wicked. It is the nature of every person born in this world to be innately corrupt from his or her first breath.
What, God formed us with evil natured hearts? How could a loving God fashion each of us with evil hearts? Well, you must understand that life did not start that way, but because of the fall of humanity through the sin of Adam, each soul is born into this world desperately wicked and not trustworthy each person is intrinsically deceitful and deplete of any lasting goodness.
The good news is that no person must stay utterly wicked at heart, for God did not place a period on any lives at this juncture. God made it possible for each of us to apply His goodness and grace through faith in Jesus Christ’s finished spiritual work of Calvary.
The prophet Jeremiah understood the sinful and depleted spiritual condition of every heart in Old Testament times. Every heart condition is innately evil, and no one, but God fully knows the evil potential at work in the core of humanity. However, God made way for every person to move from natural spiritual depletion to a state of eternal delight.
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The Gordons have authored several devotional books: Looking Through the Glass Darkly, Some Trust in Chariots, Growing in Grace and Knowledge, Woman of Grace and their latest, Walk Worthy. There is a free study guide companion for Walk Worthy available on their website.