The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
The heart is the organ in the body that pumps the blood throughout the blood vascular system and is considered to be the most important organ in the body. The bible tells us in [Leviticus 17:11],”Life is in the blood” that is circulated through the arterial system bringing oxygen and nutrients to each and every cell within the body. But when the bible talks about the heart; it is most always talking about the ‘spirit’ within man unless it specifically talks about the heart as an organ. God has this to say about the heart or spirit within man; “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it? I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways. According to the fruit of his doings.” [Jeremiah 17:9-10]
This scripture is talking about the spirit that lives in the body which is the house of the fleshly man that does not have a consciousness of the Living God. He is not talking about the Spirit of God that takes up residence in man after that person is ‘born again’ or has been made aware that they were created a spiritual being to serve the Living God. This is referred to in scripture as the new birth experience. The fleshly person or the unsaved person only hears the voice of their fleshly body, therefore they serve the house the spirit lives in rather than letting the spirit inside the house direct their lives. And because the flesh does not have a consciousness of God; the person who serves their flesh will do everything within their power to please their body. Their body is their first priority; and because man serves his flesh instead of their spirit person; many multi billion dollar industries from plastic surgery to designer fashions, etc, have come into existence to help us appease our flesh. These multi billion dollar companies spend millions upon millions of dollars a year on advertising that speaks directly to our flesh; but the person who serves their flesh does not understand they can never make their flesh happy. The only thing our flesh wants is to feel good and look good; and when it doesn’t feel or look good it let’s us know about it. There are people who spend literal fortunes on their fleshly body to keep it happy; but underneath those designer clothes and expensive jewelry is still a cry baby that can never be satisfied. This is why God has told us in the above scripture the heart or spirit of man is deceitful above all things. If it has not been born again or made aware that it was created to fellowship with the Living God and is suppose to rule in life, it is living way below the standard it was created to live by and has become a slave to our flesh.
A deceived person is anyone who lives according the the dictates of their flesh and does not have an intimate personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. A deceived person does not understand the importance of what God did for man when He allowed men who served the flesh to kill His Son so that we might have a personal relationship with Him. I am using the name ‘deceived person’ or a person who lives according to the ‘dictates of their flesh’ because the majority of people who go to church fall into this category right along with the unsaved person. Most people who attend church do so for purely social reasons not because their heart is on serving the Lord. They consider the church a place to make business contacts, or they attend a particular church because that is where their friends go. These same people are able to attain positions of authority in the church as deacons, elders, board members etc, but they know nothing of why God established the church in the beginning. They are there to serve the church house and to make the church house look good and to take away all they can from the church instead of adding to the true church which is the body of Christ on earth. They know how to make the building look good, but they don’t have a clue how to get the real church to fulfill its mission on earth. And because fleshly people don’t know how to get the real church to fulfill its mission; after a short time in the church those who attend regularly are taught how to serve their denominational demands, not the Lord. They are taught to establish more church programs and organize more church sales events in hopes of drawing more people into the church, but programs and sales events will never meet the spiritual needs of the people who attend the church, nor will programs and sales events draw unsaved people into the church. These things look good on paper and appear to be spiritual at least in thought, but they are fleshly. If the Lord was the first priority of the Church we wouldn’t have to establish programs to get people into the church, the Lord Himself would be sending them to the door. Where there is a roaring fire; people come if for no other reason than just to be near the fire. But where there is no fire, why should we expect people to come in from the cold? It ain’t gonna happen! To help us understand this last statement let me use this example; If we build a bonfire on the beach, it won’t be long until a multitude of people are gathered around it even though it’s a warm night. People love to be near a fire. It isn’t any different when the Spirit of God is moving. People have to be near it, that is why there was always a multitude of people with Jesus everywhere He went. He had the fire, and people wanted to be warmed (healed, delivered, set free) by it. But today, most churches are only pretend churches because the people who attend them do not truly worship the Lord with their whole spirit, soul, and body. The majority of people are not there to learn why God did what He did and why it’s important to Him that we learn to live by the spirit instead of our flesh. They are not taught that our fleshly body is dying and will one day be put in the grave, or that our spirit will live forever and therefore the one we are to feed, make strong, and give control of our life. These are the things professing Christians are supposed to know, therefore they have no excuse for living under the dominion of their fleshly bodies. But the unsaved man doesn’t know these things and the number one responsibility of the Church is to inform the unknowing there is a higher standard of life available to them if they choose to partake of it.
God tells us throughout the bible to be more concerned about the one that will live forever (our spirit man) than the one who is dying daily. (our flesh) A person’s spirit must be ‘born again’ or ‘regenerated by God’ and serving the Lord with all of its might if we expect to go to heaven. Going to church on Sunday and Wednesday does not qualify a person for heaven. But, developing a intimate personal relationship with the Almighty God through His Son Jesus Christ and letting the Word of God on the pages of our bible change our life to the point it projects God into a dying world; will. Our having a personal relationship with the Lord is very similar to our having a personal relationship with our spouse. That means we spend enough time with each other to know what is in the heart of the other person without having to to ask them. We rejoice when they rejoice, we are sad when they are sad, and we listen to what they have to say when they are speaking to us. And we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that that person loves us with all of their heart – as we do them. Their desire is to see that we are happy, and our desire is to see that they are happy. This is the kind of a relationship the child of God is to have with their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If a person does not have this kind of relationship with Him we need to ask Him what it is we need to do to form this kind of intimacy. He will not send us away empty handed. He will tell us exactly what we need to do to have that kind of relationship with Him. His desire is for every person living on the earth to have that kind of personal relationship with Him. He has done everything He can do to make it become a reality. Now it is up to man to put his ambitions behind him, take up his cross, and follow after the Lord. There is no other way under the sun for the kind of relationship the Lord wants to have with us to be developed on such an intimate personal level to the intent the Lord desires of us, unless we willing to throw our whole being into it. He demanded the same level of commitment from His first disciples even though they were married, had children, businesses to run and all the things associated with a busy life that we have to deal with today; and He expects no less from us. Everyone who is saved should be striving to reach this level of intimacy with Him. If we are not, we need to let Him examine our heart and reveal unto us where we are falling short. If we are not willing to establish this kind of relationship with Him, the bible has just told us our spirit has deceived us into thinking everything is alright, when in fact it isn’t.
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