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Jeremiah 17:9-10

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 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?1 [Since the fall of Adam out of fellowship with God and out of paradise, every man's heart from his youth is filled with selfishness, with sin, with evil: covetousness, (wanting more, which is idolatry); sexual immorality; lust; pride; anger; envy; etc. We are a fallen race with defiled hearts, disqualified for heaven. Only by denying ourselves, waiting on the Lord, and obeying Him, (which is to follow Jesus), do we have any hope of reconciliation with God and entering heaven when we die.]

 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the mind,2 to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings [works].

1 Chronicles 28:9

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 9 And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intents of the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found of you; but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever.

Luke 2:35

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 35 (Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." [The sword is the words from the Spirit of Christ that He speaks to a man, which words reveal that man's evil ways and thoughts. From the Word of the Lord within: "The Lord is gentle and kind to those whom He corrects, and even more than usual to those in suffering circumstances."]

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