TEXT: Jeremiah 17: 5-10
OUTLINE: I, the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man
according to his ways, Verse 10.
CONTENT: God’s words are final. Changing them changes his will. We need a good old
fashion revival to work in our inside’ the heart’, and so reflect on the outside. Sin is the
problem that comes from the heart; you see a person’s face but you cannot see the
heart. Evil manifests itself from the heart. There are a few definitions of the heart:
(1) The Uncommitted Heart: Evil plans originate in the heart; even in people you know.
Jeremiah warned the Israelites about their evil ways; letting them know they
abandoned God and God will in turn abandon them, even to the detriment of their
enemies. God is loving and merciful , but does not tolerate rivalry. Worship to Him is
submission and surrender. Be happy and joyful, and serve Him with thanksgiving.
(2) The Unregenerate Heart: A person hearing the word and turning the back on the word
of God is such. An uncommitted heart that would not be moved. Let God be true; He
means what He says and will act in His own time.
(3) The Dedicated Heart: Verses 7-8. God will raise you up and put a song in your heart.
He will plant you firmly in His care like a tree planted by the rivers of water, Psalm 1; a
heart that does not complain. If you are faithful, He will say to you, well done.
(4) The Deceitful Heart: Verse 9. The Israelites were big on rituals such as the washing of
hands, but neglected the important things as Jesus illustrated in Matthew 5:19-20, only
what comes out of the heart defiles a man.
Thought: God knows your motives. Accept or reject his word.
—Rev. Edward L. Jenkins, Sr.—