Jeremiah 7:24 NLT
But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.
The more we listen to Him, it brings us to alignment with His plan. We think that the first part of this scripture is for non-believers but He is complaining about His people.
In this context, the people become stagnant and stopped listening to God. When you stop listening to Him, you continue with your desire.
If you’ve been living a life devoid from God’s voice, you live the life you desire of. It may look that it is not sinful, but when you do it without listening to Him, makes it evil. We classify sins as murder, theft and other crimes but God talks about the fruit of the Spirit being love, peace, joy, self control, long suffering. We begin to survive without the fruit of the Spirit and we do this because we do not listen to Him and hence continue to do whatever we desire.
Your actions and desires may not be evil but your hearts might be evil. Let us not let our own thoughts lead our heart but let His Spirit have control over every part of us and leads us because when you follow your heart, you pursue the stubborn desires of your evil heart.
Hear His voice and continue to do His will and not do what your hearts says.
May we not go backward but rather keep growing.
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