Lament your Disposition to Evil and Confess your Blind Understanding and Stubborn Will

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We must lament our present corrupt dispositions to that which is evil, and our aversion to and impotency in that which is good. We must look into our own hearts and confess with holy blushing:

4.1

The blindness of our understandings and their unaptness to admit the rays of the divine light.

By nature our understandings are darkened, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in us, due to the hardness of our hearts. Ephesians 4:18(ESV)

The things of the Spirit of God are folly to the natural person; neither can we understand them, in and of ourselves, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:14(ESV)

We are ‘wise’ – in doing evil! But how to do good we know not. Jeremiah 4:22(ESV) We have neither knowledge nor understanding, we walk about in darkness. Psalm 82:5(ESV)

God speaks in one way, and in two, though we do not perceive it; Job 33:14(ESV) we indeed hear but never understand; Matthew 13:14(ESV) and we see men, but they look like trees, walking. Mark 8:24(ESV)

4.2

The stubbornness of our wills and their unaptness to submit to the rules of the divine law.

We have within us a mind that is set on the flesh, which is hostile to God and does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Romans 8:7(ESV)

Were you to write for us your laws by the ten thousands, they would be regarded by us as a strange thing; Hosea 8:12(ESV) and our corrupt hearts have been sometimes ready to say, “What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?” Job 21:15(ESV) And, “We will do everything that we have vowed.” Jeremiah 44:17(ESV) For we have walked in the ways of our own heart and in the sight of our eyes, Ecclesiastes 11:9(ESV) carrying out the desires of the flesh and the mind. Ephesians 2:3(ESV)

Our neck has been an iron sinew, Isaiah 48:4(ESV) and we have made our hearts diamond-hard; we have refused to pay attention, have turned a stubborn shoulder, Zechariah 7:11-12(ESV) and stopped our ears like the deaf adder that will not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter. Psalm 58:4-5(ESV)

How we have hated discipline, and our hearts despised reproof! We did not listen to the voice of our teachers or incline our ears to our instructors. Proverbs 5:12-13(ESV)

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