Powerful! This gave me a renewed passion to pray for those I love so dearly that are lost. God works in amazing ways!
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings
The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.
COMMENTARY —-Knowing our own hearts isn’t really our strong suit, though we often think that it is. In fact, there are those who take pride in the fact that they know themselves well, some even reject counsel because they conclude that others cannot possibly know them well enough to give sound advice. Apart from God, we cannot possibly know our own hearts well enough to make choices that reflect our faith. Part of the process is learning how to accept that He knows better, will always know better, and to trust Him completely. If we are willing to face that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, our challenge becomes surrender. We are met with forgiveness, and empowered by grace to see our world differently, and cast aside the idols of our heart. Life cannot be more than when Jesus, the Master, is at the helm.
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Thank you Pastor JD and God bless
Thank you Pastor JD Farag
May God continue moving across ALL nations and ALL peoples! I pray God opens the eyes if those who have been deceived by false gods and idols.
Thank You Jesus Christ for coming and going to the cross for the sins of the world. I pray that all will accept the gift of salvation that only comes from believing and receiving the truth that You speak of in the Holy Bible. The word of God. John 14:6. Jesus saith unto him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
Do you know Jesus Christ?
We must look in our hearts and ask God to clean them up, circumcise them. Cut away all that is wicked. Be not deceived! How can our own hearts deceive us?
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
This is Jesus speaking in more depth of evil that comes from the heart. After they encountered the Pharisees while eating with unclean hands, Jesus corrected the damaging tradition and rightly defended His disciples from their deceit. Evil in our hearts come in many different thoughts, and many times those thoughts are driven by very powerful emotions, or find fuel in some unresolved past experience. We must take courage and flee from the evil that rises up in our hearts. Sometimes running to Jesus is like running away from ourselves, because we must die to ourselves to truly live for Him.
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A man’s heart deviseth his way: But the Lord directeth his steps.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. (Circumcise means to cut away something such as here, wickedness.) (Why is this important? The verse Deuteronomy 30:6 clearly says we can love the Lord thy God with all our heart and soul so that we may live. Our hearts must have the evil things that so easily deceive even us, our very own hearts deceive us. When the Lord cuts out these things we can love Him as He requires and as we should also desire.)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
(Here the end of this verse says then they BELIEVED the SCRIPTURE. So, we can see we should follow all these scriptures and NOT think or trust or believe our wicked hearts. Scripture says our hearts ARE wicked and deceive us. Ask the Lord to show us and to clean up our hearts, to circumcise tge wickedness that keeps us from loving Him as we must. Please God help us from falling away from You because of our own evil fleshly hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ we ask. Amen)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
I probably would have said, “if they they drink like dogs then send them home and take the rest into battle. ” Maybe another reason we should pray about things before doing anything because God’s decisions often differ greatly from what makes sense to us.
Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.”
The Lord can and will do much with little. Here we see God, systematically and deliberately, thin out the ranks that are with Gideon. Out of 32,000 men, the Lord sends 31,700 home. Keep in mind that these are battle preparations, and God is thinning Israel’s ranks. Reducing the number is about placing the glory of the Lord on display. This is about bringing Gideon through a fiery trial of faith that will produce fruit always in his life. Israel is about to see, again, that their God is faithful and awesome…something they had forgotten as a nation.
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Forewarned of Hell (Pastor Charles Lawson)
“For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
http://ref.ly/He10.30-31 via the Logos Bible Android app.