The Discerning Of The Heart

The heart of a man and those things a man’s heart sets his affections on are manifest and evident by the words he utters coupled with the labor of his hands. The Holy Scriptures declare;

(Jeremiah 17:9) “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”


“The heart is deceitful above all things”



– God in his wisdom through his faithful servant Jeremiah thought it good to give us three key insights into the heart of a man. The first datum presented in this passage is concerning a heart that is deceitful, that is to say,  the showing of a false appearance by the putting forth of false fruits for the specific purpose to conceal what is the true state of its self, to wit; the true state of a mans heart.

Not only does the heart of a man push forth false fruit to hide a mans true conscious and thoughts but it is written that the heart of a man is deceitful ABOVE ALL THINGS, it is placed number one in numerical rank above all others in comparison to any other “thing” that a man can be deceived by making it the most dangerous weapon and enemy of a mans soul. We understand this because of the second datum presented in this verse.


“and desperately wicked:”


– The wickedness of a mans heart is desperate. the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary defines desperate as; A Feeling, showing, or involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with:

Yes, a mans heart is not only wicked but hopelessly wicked, without hope, stubborn in repentance, corrupt and steadfast in its constant ways of wickedness and dead in its present state.


“who can know it?”


– It is asked in this verse; “who can know it?” implying that it is in a constant state of  deceit and that the heart is engaged in a constant war with the truth to hide its intent so that its wickedness will not be made manifest. What this datum of information does NOT mean is that a man who by the spirit cannot discern another mans heart for indeed it can be done! consider these two verses;

(Hebrews 4:12-13) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
(1 Corinthians 2:15-16) “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.”
Therefore we conclude that a heart can indeed be discerned by man through the means of Gods spirit using his word, that sharp tool of spiritual power also known as “the power of speech” that God appointed to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, to the intent of bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
The state of deception and depravity of a mans heart is exceedingly evil continually and has entrapped the sinner and condemned him to a righteous judgment of everlasting torment pickling men in their awful sins by the means of deception. consider these two verses;
(2 Thessalonians 2:10-12) “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
(2 Timothy 3:13) “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
The state of a mans inward part is totally depraved and there is no hope of salvation through ones own desperately wicked heart but the Hope of his people relies and trusts in Gods promises. Thank God for Jesus Christ our God, who by his mercy and love toward desperately wicked sinners are quickened and renewed through the spirit and perfected through tribulation! Amen.

(Proverbs 16:1-3) “The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LordAll the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the Lord weigheth the spirits. Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”



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