Search My Heart O God
Search My Heart O God
Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the EVERLASTING WAY.
"I, THE LORD, SEARCH the HEART, I TEST the MIND, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.
It is true that there is wickedness in our hearts which we ourselves are unaware of and do not suspect to be there. It is very common for us to think that our hearts are good. The heart, the conscience of man, in his corrupt and fallen state, is deceitful above all things. Jeremiah 17:9
Jeremiah 17:9 (KJ21)
9 The heart (the UNREDEEMED human heart) is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
It calls evil good and good evil, puts false colours upon things, and cries peace to those to whom peace does not belong. When men say in their hearts (that is, suffer their hearts to whisper to them) that there is no God, or He does not see, or He will not require, or they shall have peace though they carry on in their evil ways; in these, and a thousand similar suggestions the UNSANCTIFIED human heart is DECEITFUL. It DECEIVES people to their own RUIN; this will be the aggravation, that they are self-deceivers and self-destroyers. Herein the heart is desperately wicked; it is deadly, it is desperate. The case is bad indeed, and in a manner deplorable and past relief, if the conscience which should rectify the errors of our other faculties is itself a mother of falsehood and a ring-leader in delusion. What will become of a man if his CONSCIENCE which should be the candle of THE LORD gives false light, if God’s deputy in the soul, that is entrusted to support HIS interests, betrays HIS people? Such is the deceitfulness of the UNSANCTIFIED heart that we may truly say, Who can know it? Who can describe how bad the UNSANCTIFIED, immoral, depraved, corrupt heart is? We cannot know our own SINFUL hearts, we have no idea what it will deceive us into doing in an hour of temptation (Hezekiah did not, Peter did not), who can understand his errors? Much less understand the hearts of others, or have any dependence upon persons. But, Whatever wickedness there is in the heart God sees it, HE knows them all, HE is perfectly aware of them. Our GOD IS OMNISCIENT AND OMNIPRESENT. Psalm 139.
I THE LORD SEARCHES THE HEARTS. This is true of all that is in our hearts, all our thoughts, especially those that are carelessly overlooked by ourselves—all the intents and those that are artfully disguised, and industriously concealed from others. HE not only searches the heart with HIS piercing eyes, but HE TRIES our EMOTIONS, to pass judgment upon what HE discovers, to give everything its true character and due weight. He TRIES it, as gold is tried whether it be standard or not, as the prisoner is tried whether he be guilty or no. And this judgment which he makes of the heart is to give to every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings, the effect and influence his doings have had upon others, or according to what is settled by The WORD of GOD to be the fruit of men’s doings, blessings to the obedient and curses to the disobedient. Therefore God is THE JUDGE because HE, and none besides, KNOWS the HEARTS of the children of men.
Romans 8:27 <open link)
and HE who SEARCHES the HEARTS knows what THE MIND of THE SPIRIT is because HE INTERCEDES for the saints ACCORDING to THE WILL of God.
Romans 8:1-2 (AMP)
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8 Therefore there is NOW no condemnation [NO GUILTY VERDICT, NO PUNISHMENT] for those who are IN Christ Jesus [who BELIEVE IN HIM as PERSONAL LORD and SAVIOUR]. 2 For the LAW of THE SPIRIT of LIFE [which is] IN Christ Jesus [the LAW of our NEW BEING] has SET us FREE from the LAW of SIN and DEATH.
INSIGHT INTO VERSE 2
The Law of The Spirit of Life . . . The Law of Sin and Death
▪︎The Law of THE SPIRIT(of GOD) means, HIS OPERATIVE POWER (Romans 7:23).
>23 but I see a different law and rule of action in the members of my body [your faculties its appetites and desires. Romans 6:13], WAGING WAR against the LAW of my mind and SUBDUING me and making me a PRISONER of the LAW of SIN which is WITHIN my members = faculties.
FACULTIES = the powers of the mind, as memory, reason, or speech: inherent capability of the body: the faculties of sight and hearing.
exceptional abilities or aptitudes
■The LAW of SIN is the OPERATIVE POWER of SIN or,
THE DIVINE LAW used by sin to produce death IN MY MEMBERS.
8 But sin, finding an opportunity through the Commandments [to express itself] produced in me every kind of coveting and selfish desire. For WITHOUT THE LAW SIN is dead [the recognition of sin is inactive].
9☆ I was once alive without the knowledge of] THE LAW; but when the Commandment came [and I understood ITS meaning], sin became alive (began to overpower me even more) and I DIED [since THE Law sentenced me to death].
<Sin became alive and I died>
....when I recognised that I had to give up my SINFUL pleasurable lifestyle, I refused and indulged in sin, my carnal pleasures even more which led to my spiritual death.
10 And the very Commandment which was intended to BRING LIFE, actually proved to bring DEATH for me.
Because my cravings became more lustful and I had no desire to give them up.
11 For SIN, SEIZING its OPPORTUNITY through the Commandment, beguiled and completely DECEIVED me, AND USING The Commandments as a weapon KILLED me [separating me from God].
Using The Commandments = THE LAW AS A WEAPON TO DECEIVE ME, EMPOWERED AND APPEASED MY SINFUL SENSES TO DISOBEY THE LAW AND RATHER GRATIFY MY SINFUL PLEASURES AND DESIRES.
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