Jeremiah 17:9 - Oh, How We Need Jesus!

Jeremiah 17:9 (NLT) The human heart is most 
deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how 
bad it is? 


Whats Your Final Authority?
   One fundamental question in life stands 
above all others.  
   What will have the final authority in 
your life? 
   Will it be your parents? Or your peers? 
Maybe your friends or your career? Perhaps the 
books you read? The people you follow on social 
media? What about the movies or shows you watch, or 
the songs you listen to? 
   All of these sources will shape your 
values if you let them - and your values ultimately 
determine what has final authority in your life. 
   So, what will it be for you? God allows 
you to decide. Hes given you free will.  
   Most of your authority options fall into 
these three categories: 
   Your opinions: You can depend on your gut 
to tell you what to do. But theres a problem 
with that. Studies show your perceptions are more 
likely to be wrong than right. In fact, sometimes 
you even lie to yourself. The Bible says, The 
human mind is the most deceitful of all things. It 
is incurable. No one can understand how 
deceitful it is (Jeremiah 17:9 GW). 
   The world: You can depend on what other 
people think to determine your values. However, 
people often value the wrong things. For instance, 
the world emphasizes beauty over character, 
tells you to pursue whatever feels good, and 
declares that whoever has the most possessions wins. 
Youre bombarded with these worldly values through 
all sorts of media - so much so that its easy 
to start thinking God put you on this planet to 
look good, feel good, and get stuff. But that 
couldnt be further from the truth! 
   Gods Word: Gods Word is objective 
and truthful - unlike your own perceptions or 
the worlds opinions. Gods Word says, If 
you continue in My word  you will know the 
truth, and the truth will set you free (John 
8:31-32 NASB). 
   The choice is clear. Theres only one 
authority thats always reliable and will never lead 
you astray. Decide today to allow Gods Word 
to shape your values. Give it the final 
authority in your life. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


No man can of himself understand his 
errors. In one way only can a true knowledge of self 
be obtained. We must behold Christ. When we 
contemplate His purity and excellence, we shall see our 
own weakness and poverty and defects as they 
really are. We shall see ourselves lost and 
hopeless. We shall see that if we are ever saved, it 
will not be through our own goodness, but through 
God's infinite grace. COL159 [Remnant SB] 

   No man can of himself understand his 
errors. "The heart is deceitful above all things, 
and desperately wicked; who can know it?" Jer. 
17:9. The lips may express a poverty of soul that 
the heart does not acknowledge. While speaking 
to God of poverty of spirit, the heart may be 
swelling with the conceit of its own superior 
humility and exalted righteousness. In one way only 
can a true knowledge of self be obtained. We 
must behold Christ. It is ignorance of Him that 
makes men so uplifted in their own righteousness. 
When we contemplate His purity and excellence, we 
shall see our own weakness and poverty and defects 
as they really are. We shall see ourselves lost 
and hopeless, clad in garments of 
self-righteousness, like every other sinner. We shall see that 
if we are ever saved, it will not be through 
our own goodness, but through God's infinite 
   The prayer of the publican was heard 
because it showed dependence reaching forth to lay 
hold upon Omnipotence. Self to the publican 
appeared nothing but shame. Thus it must be seen by 
all who seek God. By faith--faith that renounces 
all self-trust--the needy suppliant is to lay 
hold upon infinite power.  
   No outward observances can take the place 
of simple faith and entire renunciation of 
self. But no man can empty himself of self. We can 
only consent for Christ to accomplish the 
   It is not only at the beginning of the 
Christian life that this renunciation of self is to be 
made. At every advance step heavenward it is to be 
renewed. All our good works are dependent on a power 
outside of ourselves. COL159-160 [Remnant SB] 

   Man was originally endowed with noble 
powers and a well-balanced mind. He was perfect in 
his being, and in harmony with God. His thoughts 
were pure, his aims holy. But through 
disobedience, his powers were perverted, and selfishness 
took the place of love. His nature became so 
weakened through transgression that it was impossible 
for him, in his own strength, to resist the 
power of evil. He was made captive by Satan, and 
would have remained so forever had not God 
specially interposed. It was the tempter's purpose to 
thwart the divine plan in man's creation, and fill 
the earth with woe and desolation. And he would 
point to all this evil as the result of God's work 
in creating man.   
   In his sinless state, man held joyful 
communion with Him "in whom are hid all the treasures 
of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3. But 
after his sin, he could no longer find joy in 
holiness, and he sought to hide from the presence of 
God. Such is still the condition of the unrenewed 
heart. It is not in harmony with God, and finds no 
joy in communion with Him. The sinner could not 
be happy in God's presence; he would shrink 
from the companionship of holy beings. Could he 
be permitted to enter heaven, it would have no 
joy for him. The spirit of unselfish love that 
reigns there --every heart responding to the heart 
of Infinite Love --would touch no answering 
chord in his soul. His thoughts, his interests, 
his motives, would be alien to those that 
actuate the sinless dwellers there. He would be a 
discordant note in the melody of heaven. Heaven would 
be to him a place of torture; he would long to 
be hidden from Him who is its light, and the 
center of its joy. It is no arbitrary decree on the 
part of God that excludes the wicked from heaven; 
they are shut out by their own unfitness for its 
companionship. The glory of God would be to them a 
consuming fire. They would welcome destruction, that 
they might be hidden from the face of Him who 
died to redeem them.   
   It is impossible for us, of ourselves, to 
escape from the pit of sin in which we are sunken. 
Our hearts are evil, and we cannot change them. 
"Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? 
Not one." "The carnal mind is enmity against 
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, 
neither indeed can be." Job 14:4; Romans 8:7. 
Education, culture, the exercise of the will, human 
effort, all have their proper sphere, but here they 
are powerless. They may produce an outward 
correctness of behavior, but they cannot change the 
heart; they cannot purify the springs of life. 
There must be a power working from within, a new 
life from above, before men can be changed from 
sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace 
alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the 
soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.  


Jeremiah 17:9 - Oh How We Need Jesus!



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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