Jeremiah 17:9 is a very sobering verse, “The heart (foundation of your mind; our core thoughts) is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Each of us was born into a world headed and guided by the devil (1 John 5:19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.). Our flesh is in tune with him and his lies. Our heart, without Christ in control, wholeheartedly listens to the devils deceptions and feels very comfortable doing what he wants it to do. The heart without Christ is deceitful and dictates ungodly actions. Hence, Jeremiah concludes:
- My heart is deceitful above all things.
- My heart is beyond cure.
- My heart cannot be understood.
So, what do we do? 1. Give up. 2. Give in. 3. Seek help.
I have chosen option 3. Christ is my antidote to the poison stated in Jeremiah 17:9. Read the following verses carefully meditating and reflecting on how thoroughly Christ provided us the solution to our heart problem.
Colossians 2 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
In these verses, Paul describes the antidotal prescription to Jeremiah 17:9:
- God made you alive with Christ.
- He forgave us all our sins (don’t let the devil lie to you. Christ forgives all our sins!)
- Christ canceled all of our legal debt which stood against us and condemned us.
- He has taken it away, nailing it on the cross.
- He disarmed the powers and authorities, making a public spectacle of the them, triumphing over them by the cross.
On the cross, Jesus thoroughly kicked the devil and his buddies’ backside and disarmed them to the point that, in the spirit world, He made a public spectacle of them. He decimated them. Your heart problem is taken care of for eternity in Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21 exclaims, 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.