Christ Preparing our Hearts 12

Be persuaded that your soul is far more valuable to you than the whole world and there are only two places (heaven and hell) that you will spend all eternity in.

You can count on it that it is very difficult to come to heaven, but the way to destruction is broad and easy. Take it to heart that you have a deceitful heart with you, a wicked devil close to you, and snares and hindrances around and before you.

While the Gospel is said to be easy in our day, though that is certainly not accurate in one sense, that is a different thing than saying that it is easy to go to heaven. The heart that Christ prepares is a heart that must go through many temptations and trials. The heart that Christ prepares is a heart that must be broken, and it should be clear that a broken heart in the midst of a fiery trial is not an easy thing to go through. The way to destruction, however, while it does include the misery of sin, does not include the hard things that God brings on the soul to break it of self-love, self-will, and of pride. The way to destruction appears broad and easy to those who do not wish to fight with their own deceptive hearts, the deceptive hearts of others, and the deceptions of the devil. But while the way is difficult to go to heaven, that difficulty is only for this life and it is mixed with the joy of the Holy Spirit, but then there are eternal pleasures in the presence of God. The hearts that are on the way to destruction have to endure the results of sin in this life, which can bring much misery, but the sin appears to be the fulfillment of the desires of their hearts. But once they arrive in hell, there is unceasing torment forever and ever.

At some point each soul has got to come to grips with eternity and realize that his or her soul will be in eternal bliss or eternal torment. When a person dies, a person either goes into the arms of the Lord or will lift up his or her eyes in torment. The soul must come to realize in this life that it is far more valuable than the whole world and it must not give in the deceptions of sin and of others. Each soul must realize that part of the deception of sin, of the world, and of the devil has to do with the reality of sin and of the reality of eternal torment. It appears that the teachings concerning hell are rapidly disappearing today as the deceptions of the devil and of the human heart (which is at enmity with God and hates the idea of the wrath of God against itself) are at open war against God and the truths of God.

With all the deceptions that are going on, in, and around the human soul, another great deception is that man only needs more information and accurate information. The truth of the matter is that man cannot undeceive himself, undeceive others, and cannot overcome the deceptions of the evil one in his own power and with more information. As 1 Corinthians 3:18 sets out, “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise.” Since man cannot do this great work of overcoming the deceptions in and around him, he must be broken from his own pride and self-sufficiency so that he could look to Christ to teach him Truth. Oh how the proud of man is so strong and so hardened to think that he cannot overcome the deceptions of his own heart and the deceptions that are around him. However, the very heart of pride and self-love are a major part of his own deception. Pride deceives man and self-love deceives man.

Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?

Mark 7:21 “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.

Proverbs 21:4 Haughty eyes and a proud heart, The lamp of the wicked, is sin.

The heart of man must be taught of Christ and it must be humbled and broken by Christ. There is no greater power in man than his own pride and self-love, so clearly it must be a greater power than that to break him from his pride and self-love. That greater power and greater wisdom is Christ. It is the Lord Jesus Christ who will work in the hearts of sinful man and show man his sin and his weakness. It is the Lord Jesus who works in that heart until the heart sees that it if full of pride and self-love and cannot do anything else but act in pride and self-love. The very lamp or the light that guides the heart is pride. That heart must learn that Christ alone can change that heart.

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