“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) The Hebrew word for “deceitful” is “٬âqôb” (aw-kobe’) translated means fraudulent or crooked, polluted. The Hebrew word for “desperately” and “wicked” is one and the same “ânash”, (aw-nash’); to be frail, feeble, or melancholy, incurable, sick, woeful.
Before I had the spiritual circumcision of the heart, my heart was black, full of nothing but sin. It was fraudulent, crooked, and polluted. Nothing good about it at all. After being baptized in JESUS name according to Acts 2:38, my heart was completely new. I was a new creature. Thank you JESUS! Then I was filled with the Holy Ghost when I was 15 years old. That’s not all I have to do though. In order to keep my heart clean and right towards God, I must continually focus on the things of God, walk according to the Spirit and not let the world take hold of me in any way.
“That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 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 be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:4-8)
“For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.” (Hebrews 7:14) The Greek word for “carnal” is “sarkikŏs” (sar-kee-kos’) translated means bodily, temporal, or animal, unregenerate: - carnal, fleshly.
A carnal mind is one of a person who has been baptized in JESUS name, filled with the Holy Ghost but does not mind the things of the Spirit. If I don’t keep JESUS first in my life and I’m not completely filled with the Holy Ghost and I’m not being renewed daily with His Word, this allows room for the devil to come in with his devices. I know because I’ve been in that situation. I was weighted down with the cares of this world at one time all the while being a One God JESUS Name person who had the Holy Ghost. I was carnally minded. So according to scripture, I was dead. I just wasn’t “full” of the Holy Ghost. I was not walking according to the Spirit. I didn’t back up on what I believed in God but I wasn’t walking according to the Spirit and moving forward in God. I didn’t have Him first in my life and was carnally or fleshly minded. My job had that “affection”. It came first. Even though I acknowledged JESUS was the one Who gave it to me and made everything happen, I didn’t have Him first. I wasn’t completely filled with Him daily so there was room for the devil to come in and try to destroy me. Looking back, I don’t even recognize that person at all. I was totally different. My heart (which is my spirit) was totally different. I was walking according to the flesh.
“What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” (Romans 6:15, 16) So being baptized in JESUS name and filled with the Holy Ghost does not give me a license to sin because I’m under grace. I do still have a free will that I must line up with the Holy Ghost and not allow my flesh to rule. I don’t want to be a servant to sin unto death.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10) When I pray I always ask JESUS to make in me a right heart. I want to believe my heart is right and that my motives are right; but, the bible says no man knows his/her own heart. I constantly ask JESUS to make in me a heart that is right in His eyes. A heart that has motives rich towards Him and not towards me.
In my fleshly finite thinking, I believe everything within my being needs to put JESUS first and foremost above all people and things and put myself below all people and things in this life. I must not think of myself as anything but the dirt I’m made. I must be quick to forgive/forget and hold no grudges towards no one. I must realize every second of my life is given to me by JESUS Himself and I’m not to waste it on the things of this world. What matters most is obtaining the “things” JESUS has in store to reveal to me in these last days and reaching those who are lost and in need and want to be found and changed forever because of the work JESUS did on the cross.
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” (Proverbs 4:23) How must I “keep” my heart with diligence? The Hebrew word for “keep” is “nâtsar” (naw-tsar’) which means to guard in a good sense (to protect, maintain, obey, etc.). So to “keep” my heart I must not only protect and maintain it by reading His Word and praying but also I must obey what JESUS tells me to do in His Word. It’s one thing for me to read it or hear it, and another thing for me to DO it. Doing is love. No do, no love. Obedience to His Word shows love to Him since JESUS IS His Word.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:20,21)
With much love from a fellow soldier in Christ,
Angela R. Lindstrom
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