|Jeremiah 16:11-12 |
11 Then you shall say to them, 'Because your fathers have forsaken me, says the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
12 And you have done worse than your fathers; for behold, every one of you walks after the imagination of his evil heart and mind, and therefore you do not listen to and obey me.1 [Until cleansed by the Lord, every man's heart and mind is full of evil. From the Word of the Lord within: "As many as are at their savior's feet, there are six things I will put in order in front of your eyes:
1 Notice! Those who walk after the imagination of their own hearts are worse than their fathers who worshiped other gods. Unless you are listening to the Voice of the Lord directing your thoughts, words, and deeds, you are walking after the imagination of you own heart. You are your own god following your own judgments and decisions. The carnal mind is enmity to God. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God. For it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can it be. Rom 8:6-7. And Paul described the spirit of disobedience as: "fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the thoughts of our mind." Eph 2:3. Our selfish mind must be crucified on the inward cross of self-denial to be renewed.
When you are walking after your own mind or heart's imagination, you cannot hear the voice of the Lord and follow. To be able to hear, You must go to him. You must wait on him — listen silently, with the humility of a sinner in need of his changing power — grace. So wait, watch, listen, hear, obey... wait, watch, listen, hear, obey..... seek, listen, obey. You must endure to the end, when Christ brings salvation. There is no spiritual progress without hearing and obeying.