|Jeremiah 9:13-15 |
13 And the LORD said, "Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked in it;
14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart,1 and after Baals, which their fathers taught them:
15 Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; "Behold, I will feed this people with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink.
1 Notice! The people are not obeying the Lord's voice; they are following the imaginations of their own hearts. This is the same today. When man decided to eat from the tree of knowledge so he could judge good and evil like God, he became a selfish spirit removed from the image, direction, and presence of God. Each of us makes our own decisions with our mind as to what is good for us and what is bad for us. We all make different decisions based on what we think we want. Different people have different standards of conduct and behavior. We are selfish creatures looking for ways to increase our pleasures and comforts; we are like beasts on the prowl looking for their next meal. The Holy Spirit must show us how captive we are to our lusts, pleasures, habits, anger, pride, and self-gratification — and how this self-centered behavior is at the expense of others around us. The word and light show us the defects in our heart, one at a time, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart. With our regret and sorrow for conditions exposed by the Holy Spirit, we receive help from the Holy Spirit to change. This conviction and condemnation of our beastly nature is the Ministry of Condemnation. When we have been sufficiently purged or purified of our selfish, sinful nature, then we receive the Ministry of Life or additional spirit from Christ; until finally we are restored to the image, direction, and presence of God. We receive a new heart and new mind.
Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Rom 8:7
For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. Gen 8:21
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9
I have stretched out My hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, according to their own thoughts. Isaiah 65:2.
See Only Those Who Do the Will of the Father Enter Heaven for more.