Jeremiah 17:9-10: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

The proverbial rug has been pulled underneath your feet the day you realize, you have been lied to. It’s a horrible feeling. Lies destroy our integrity making us less a man, less a woman. We were created to walk upright and live in the truth. Anything less noble ends up breaking us apart.

A heart does not turn deceitful overnight – it is led astray. A straying heart is an aimlessly wandering heart, which never arrives, never feels at home, has lost touch with its true self and slowly has become corroded; this is the story of the deceitful heart.

Who can understand the deceitful heart and tell its story? – God can. He searches every heart and examines every mind. God listens well. And as a result, He knows your backstory and mine.

Where does the deceitful heart go?  – Running away from the Lord, all we can do is continue to deceive ourselves and others. Running towards the Lord, we courageously step up to the plate and face the truth. Truth-seekers invite the Lord to shine His light on them. His light shines through and through, accessing the most remote corners in our heart.

How can we heal the deceitful heart? – Prophet Ezekiel wrote in his scroll that a deceitful heart is actually beyond cure. That would be truly devastating news if it wasn’t for the Lord. God is not known to give up that easily. He fought with passion for the good hope bestowed to us. In order to completely renew the compromised heart inside of us, He gave us His Son Jesus. Through Him human beings can be adopted into the family of God. God’s children let go of their unresponsive heart and receive a sensitive heart instead, a heart that can hear the Lord’s voice (Ezekiel 36:26):

“And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” * Bible Version: New Living Translation

Receiving a new heart from God is an incredible gift. With a new heart, our inner being wakes up to a brand new world: the kingdom of God. Listening to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit, the love of God begins to ring true in our hearts. We start walking in His footsteps and our life will never be the same. It is the power of God’s love that makes all things new – starting at the very core of our being – our heart.

Just like a blind man I wandered along
Worries and fears I claimed for my own
Then like the blind man that God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord I saw the light
” – Hank Williams

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