If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me . . . Psalm 66:18
regard: to look at, to see, observe, consider
iniquity: emptiness, vanity, wickedness, idolatry
"Do you not fear Me?" saith the Lord. "Will you not tremble at My presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass; and thought the waves thereof toss themselves, yet cannot they prevail, though they roar, they cannot pass over it. But this people have a revolting a rebellious heart. They are revolted and are gone! Neither do they say in their heart,
"Let us now fear the Lord our God - that has given us rain, both the former and the latter, in His season. Re reserves unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.'
"Your iniquities have turned away these, and your sins have withholden good from you." Jeremiah 5:22-25
revolting: to turn aside, depart, stubborn, to be refractory
Jeremiah 5 discusses the judgements of God against an idolatrous nation. Once, the natural nation of Israel fell under this judgment, causing the Lord to turn His favor upon the Gentiles. Today, spiritual Israel has fallen prey to the creation of religious rules and rites, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof, just as natural Israel had done.
The dual reference of the Lord's judgment to two specific ages is a warning to be heeded. Exiting the institution physically is good. Exiting the institution in our hearts even more important.
As we journey abiding in Christ, may we repent of our sin of idolatry, our sin of housing a stubborn and willful heart that turns away from God. May the Lord renew our minds in the fear of the Lord. May He restore and heal us - not to our own end, our own pleasure, our own passions - but to His service, His way of walking, that we might bear fruit.
I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. Isaiah 57:18
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. John 15:4