Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Heart of Man

 3How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
 4They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. 

Heart of Man

Psalm 62:3-4 gives us a graphic picture of the true heart of man apart from the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. No one, great or small, rich or poor, is truly kind, loving, and compassionate. Those are traits only made available to man through the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit. We do not like to think in these terms, do we? We like to think of man as basically good with a few rough edges here and there.

However, that is not the way in which the Bible pictures man. No man, apart from the miraculous intervention of Christ can truly be good. We should not be surprised by the things we see in this world; as the influence of the Gospel is removed, man will revert back to his natural self.

David understood that; he saw all men left to themselves as a bowing wall or a tottering fence. A wall that is bowing from the pressure of wind or soil erosion will soon give way, and a tottering fence will soon fall.

As we consider these things, we must, as Christians, realize that we would be just like these wicked men if Christ were not in our hearts and lives. Therefor, we must never boast or think highly of ourselves, as we consider the goodness that is apparent in our actions and words. The good things we do and say are a result of Christ in us, and not a result of some inherent goodness that exists within our own hearts and souls. Even our salvation is not due to our great prowess or understanding, but rather a gift of God.

It is good for us to consider these things. We are much better servants of the Lord when we understand that it is Christ within us that makes all of the difference. How, then, can we praise God enough for the wondrous salvation He has given to us?
 9The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9, King James Version)

 23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23, King James Version)

The heart of man is desperately wicked, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. That is the essence of the Gospel!

As Christians, let us consider what God would have us do in the remaining years of our lives here on this earth. May we be used by Christ to bring more and more people to Him. There is no higher calling in this life!

God Bless You,

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