Rejoicing in a “Heart” Cure!

Scripture reading for August 22nd:  Jeremiah 14-17

Key Scriptures:  Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure.  Who can understand it?   I, the Lord, search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.”  

God told Jeremiah and His people that their problem was a heart problem.  Man’s heart is deceitful and cannot be cured through human effort.  But God, alone, searches man’s heart and examines all his thoughts.  He will one day judge mankind for the deeds that come from man’s wicked and deceitful heart.  But God also loves mankind and has provided the cure for the deceitful heart!  Praise His Name!

Rejoicing in God’s Cure: Hearts are made pure by faith in Christ!  “God, who knows the heart, showed that He accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as He did to us.  He made no distinction between us and them, for He purified their hearts by faith.  Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we or our fathers have been able to bear?  No!  We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.”  (Acts 15:8-11)

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