The imagination of your own heart

They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; and they say unto everyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you. Jeremiah 23:17

What does it mean to walk after the imagination of your own heart?

We all know the imagination is the ability to mentally imagine things, but what is this imagination of their own heart?

Note, it doesn’t say an evil imagination, but simply the imagination of their own heart.

4 Responses to “The imagination of your own heart”

  1. Mark and Vicki Finger Says:

    When the power of the cross is seldom preached [that it is by faith in Christ’s sacrifice that we not only find life, but find direction for every step of every day], people live by their own imagination: and whether they consider this evil or not, it is not of God.

    Sadly, this is the case of most of the modern church world today.

  2. ian vincent Says:

    Agreed, that is what it means.

    None of the patriarchs or the prophets lived according to the imagination of their own heart.

    None off them imagined or dreamed up their heavenly calling and vision.

    Abraham didn’t use his imagination to chart his destiny.

    The LORD Jesus didn’t.

    Neither did any of the apostles, but in these last days it is considered normal Christianity.

    Jeremiah, in chapter 23, sheds a lot of light on this. He says that there was a propensity to imagine that God had spoken and to imagine words/messages from God (and no surprise that these ‘prophecies’ were always flattering to and catering to people’s selfish ambition, and made light of obedience to God and the consequences of sin).

    The people Jeremiah was referring to believed that they had a right to imagine their own destiny and then follow their own dreams. They didn’t see anything wrong with living independently from the God of Israel, while at the same time professing to be His people.

    With the ‘prophetic movement’ today, most of what is prophesied parallels exactly with the scenario Jeremiah faced, of a propensity to prophesy pleasant things, like peace and safety, when God has clearly spoken otherwise.

    The Scriptures speak plainly of what the world faces in the coming years. God has spoken. Yet there is a prophetic industry which has popped up prophesying that all will be well and that the whole world is going to become Christian etc….

    This is the imagination of their own hearts.

  3. ian vincent Says:

    Jer 23:16 Thus says the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you worthless: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

    Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; and they say unto everyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.
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    A vision of their own heart. This is the imagination of their own heart.

  4. Mark and Vicki Finger Says:

    The dangerous thing is that, over time, people can fall completely away from faith in Christ, following after the imagination of their own heart.

    At the critical juncture [only God knows when, as He sees the heart], some stop and turn back to repentance: the others are given over to a strong delusion [what further sacrifice for sin is there, if the the blood of the Savior will not turn them?].

    For example, I am not an important person in this world [at my job or really anywhere!]. Why is that?

    Could it be because God has called me to be a servant?

    Could it be because He has called me to spiritual riches?

    Could it be because I am not motivated by what motivates the world?

    Yet, He provides for the needs of my family.

    He gives me a job where I have time to study the scriptures each day.

    And what about when I am in the church?

    Is my focus always upon Jesus?

    Do I feel that I have to have important things to say?

    Or am I content to say nothing, unless the Spirit prompts me to speak?

    But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    –Isaiah 40:31

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