Finney. There is nothing more that we can do. It is the only reason why the Holy Ghost is needed to change the sinner's heart. “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” Jesus probably had this verse in mind when he said, “ Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matthew 12:34). Now your theory is that the case of your child is infinitely worse than. John 7:39: “Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive.”, 1 Timothy 1:5: “The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart.”, 2 Corinthians 5:17: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.”. Have you a son? Wickedness of the Heart. O how fearfully strong is the sinner's heart against God! They say, We did think he would accept the pardon! What do you say? It is obvious that this term is used in the Bible in various shades of meaning; sometimes for the conscience, as in the passage which affirms, "If our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart," and may be expected the more to condemn us; sometimes the term is used for the intelligence; but here most evidently for the will, because this is the only faculty of the mind which can be said to be set -- fixed -- bent, determined upon a given course of voluntary action. A good verse to end on would be 2 Corinthians 3:18: “Beholding the glory of the Lord, [we] are being” — this old, horrible, self-exalting, God-opposing heart of mine is being — “transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”, John Piper is founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Who says this is cruel? Know Your Weakness Jeremiah 17:9-10 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Being well aware of where you are this morning, you … . Ah, young man! "God is angry with the wicked every day" --Psalm 7:11. The motives of truth may roll mountain high and beat upon his iron heart, yet see how he braces up his nerves to withstand God What can he not resist sooner than submit his will to God Another thing lies in this text, incidentally brought out -- assumed, but not affirmed -- viz., that sinners are already under sentence. We know that "Christ dwelleth in your hearts by faith" (Ephesians 3:17). Do they act as if they believed the half of its awful truths about sentenced sinners ready to go down to an eternal hell? 1. This verse cuts both ways. There are three thoughts I want to bring to you. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies (Matthew 15:19). alas, young woman! True, her selfishness takes on a most tender and delicate type. He seizes it, tears it to pieces, and tramples it under his feet! We will show him the pardon and tell him how the governor feels. Do you think she is converted?' This is all; this the only reason why judgment for a long time has lingered and the sword of justice has not long since smitten you down. Where will you find a parallel to such wickedness? Jesus Himself said, "How often would I have gathered you -- O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! Before atonement, justice stood with brandished sword, demanding vengeance on the guilty; but by and through atoning blood, God rescued His law from peril -- He lifted it up from beneath the impious foot of the transgressor, and set it on high in safety and glory; and now opens wide the blessed door of mercy. No further doubt of guilt can interpose to affect the case; the possibility of pardon is the only remaining hope. If you will abuse Him, He must execute His law, and its fearful sentence of eternal death. Will you stand out against Him, and flatter yourself that He will fail of executing His awful sentence upon you? And now the sheriff proclaims, "Just fifteen minutes to live;" and even these minutes be spends in abusing the governor, and insulting the majesty of law. Skip to main content ... / Sermons / The Way of the Wicked. If your own son were under sentence for execution on earth, how would you feel? Do you know those hands? Bible > Sermons > Jeremiah 17:9. We must recognize that our hearts will not maintain a set course on their own. But after sentence, the case is fully decided. Give herself up to gratify her propensity for knowledge, and for the good of self-indulgence. He drinks for the present good it promises -- not for the sake of sinning. We’re on a mission to change that. But let us spread out this case a little. engraved on the tablet of their heart . Suppose you were to feel such griefs as ours, and have to mourn over a fallen son! You who have attended courts of justice know that after trial and conviction next comes sentence. Mark those locks wet with the dew. She has most gushing sensibilities; she can not bear to see a kitten in distress; but what does she care for God's rights? And the root of that failure is a deceitful and depraved heart. I said that selfishness often assumes a religious type. He hardly knows or thinks what he is praying about. With proud disdain he spurns even this last offer of pardon! But right over against this, see the case of the sinner, condemned to an eternal hell. You are altogether committed to the pleasing of self. The scenes and transactions of earth must excite a wonderful interest in heaven. A HEART THAT DEVISES WICKED IMAGINATIONS “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5) Men judge our thoughts by our works and more All the latent sensibilities of the father's heart are aroused within him. The Oberlin Evangelist. But the text affirms that "the heart of men is fully set in them to do evil." "You are now," says the judge, "remanded to the place from whence you came; there to be kept in irons. The root problem is that they are trusting in man, not in God. However, in returning to the bigger context of Jeremiah 17:5–13, I find myself even more convinced verse 9 is equally applicable to believers, especially in light of verses 7 and 8. He can not withstand such kindness and compassion. those weeping eyes! When the universe gather together around the great white throne, and the dread sentence goes forth, "Depart, accursed;" and away they move in dense and vast masses as if old ocean had begun to flow off-down, down, they sink to the depths of their dark home; but the saints with firm step, yet solemn heart, proclaim God's law is vindicated; the insulted majesty of both Law and Mercy is now upheld in honor, and all is right. He is under sentence, but his sentence is not executed speedily. What! As they are talking over these things and searching from time to time all the newspapers they can find, to get, if they can, some clew to their son's history, all at once the door-bell rings; a messenger comes in and hands a letter; the old father takes it, breaks the seal -- reads a word and suddenly falls back in his seat, the letter drops from his hand; oh, he can't read it! And I think everybody will be able to see how verse 9 is functioning. When I come to report the matter, must I bear my testimony that you would not hear? At least, I will venture on a season longer and turn about by and by if I find it quite advisable; but at present why should I fear to set my heart fully in the way God has forbidden? His heart may become fully set upon the practice of lying whenever it suits his convenience, and for the good he hopes thus to gain; and it is in vain that God labors by fearful prohibitions and penalties to dissuade him from his course. To illustrate this point, let us suppose that a parent should say to his children, "I will give you my property if you will work with me, and truly identify your interests with mine; and if you are not willing to do this, I shall disinherit you." We see the messenger; we hear the sentence read -- we see that your fatal hour has come. So the Bible represents the case of the sinner. They do not know how it fares with him, but they fear the worst. Look at those hands. Professing to believe him under the far more awful sentence to hell, how do you in fact feel? Yet make another supposition. Is the Christian’s heart deceitfully wicked? Was that a sin? What is the matter? One general fact is asserted of them all, and in this way they are assumed to have a common character. Those are other gods. But God has provided a glorious testimony in favor of law, going to show that it is in His heart to sustain it at every sacrifice, He could not forgive sin until His injured and insulted law is honored be, fore the universe. The dreadful hour arrives, and its last moment -- the drop falls; he trembles a minute under the grasp of Death, and all is still forever! this. That is, they suppose that they secure entire exemption from the penalty of violating law, and even have the honors and rewards of full obedience while yet they have all the self-indulgences of a life of sin. Horrible! He has no idea of being executed; he swears he will burn down the governor's house; indeed, he manifests a most determined spirit, as if his heart were fully set on evil. not willing to be pardoned -- not willing to be saved! Bart Carlson. What does she care for the feelings and sympathies of the crucified Son of God? 5 Indicators of a Wicked and Evil Heart,Leslie Vernick - Read more about spiritual life growth, Christian living, and faith. All the people feel that this is righteous. Authentic Christianity begins when God replaces the wicked heart with a clean, new heart: Ps 51:10 Create in me a clean heart O God; renew a right spirit within me. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”, Romans 6:17: “Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed.”, Acts 15:9: God “made no distinction between [Jew] and [Gentile], having cleansed their hearts by faith.”, John 7:38 may be the most amazing of all: Jesus says, “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” Oh, amazing. Mark 2:17 On hearing this, Jesus told them, "It is not the healthy who need a … GOD'S ANGER AGAINST THE WICKED. But hear that professedly Christian father pray for his ungodly son. Shall we turn and curse God? To bring to you this night that your soul! and order in society more than we love the of! No exceptions — are born with this kind of fallen, diseased, deceived, self-exalting, God-opposing.! 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