"The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick;
who can understand it?"
How is it tht when we first begin to consider our sins,
we immediately gloat over sins that do not tempt us in the least.
We roll our a list of things to brag about,
"I have never been tempted to rob a bank, nor have I ever robbed anyone."
"I have never told a lie that hurt someone, well maybe a little white lie, but I am no liar."
"Also, I have never committed adultry."
It makes us feel good to puff ourselves up
and brag about how great we are,
While we may brag about not committing certain sins outwardly,
the Holy Spirit reminds us of a sobering truth.
"That which proceeds out of the man,
that is what defiles the man.
For from within, out of the heart of men,
proceed the evil thoughts,
deeds of coveting
as well as deceit,
All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man"
The only way you and I can perceive, understand and be acquainted with our own heart and mind is to study God's Word
and spend time with Him
in meditating over His instructions.
When we read God's Word we find out that our sins
are listed right there in black and white on the sacret pages of Scripture.
Those Scriptures don't have my and your names on them; however, the Holy Spirit will show us the ones that belong to us,
just like Jesus said He would:
"He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness - uprightness of heart and right standing with God - and about judgment"(John 16:8 AMP).