The Heart Is Deceitful
Our hearts, like cluttered closets, are an ugly mess until God transforms us. In (Mark 7:21-23) Jesus said, “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, and evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile man.”
We can get dressed up, put on our best public face and go out into the world looking completely innocent and righteous, but in our hearts sin is hiding. (Jeremiah 17:9-10) says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind.” (Also see Ephesians 4:17-18.)
There was a group of religious leaders to whom Jesus spoke directly because they regularly behaved as though they never sinned. He asked them, “How can you being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart man speaks.” The attitudes and actions of this group caused them to look and act as though they were superior to other people. Jesus told them their outward religious behavior, no matter how pious they appeared, could ever hide the true condition of their sinful hearts. He warned them eventually the truth would come out about them. This same truth is for us today, in our time. “Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man” (Romans 1:22-23).
(Psalm 24:3-4) reads, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” Unless we have a clean heart God cannot accept us, and we can’t cleanse our own hearts. Only God can do it. Our hearts are made pure through the saving grace of His Son Jesus Christ. God offers us salvation from our sin when we accept Jesus.
Are you looking for a fresh start? Ask God, He promises to answer you. In (Ezekiel 36:26-27) He says, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
Is now the time, to allow God to change your heart?