Don’t Follow Your Heart

W1134893heart copy (2)e have been instructed many times in our life to “FOLLOW OUR HEART.” We have also said when we are making an attempt to justify our shortcomings, “GOD KNOW MY HEART.”

Now with that being said, Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

The only thing that our heart can lead us to is a pathway of deception. This means we will not be able to know the truth, walk in the truth, or accept the truth. Everything that our heart will lead us to will always deceive us. Even what we think is true the scripture says that our heart will deceive us above “ALL THINGS.” This includes what we think is right because there is a way that seem right to us but that way will lead us to death.valentines-day-evil-heart-wallpapers-1024x768

To be desperate means that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get what you want. A hungry person will rob, steal, or kill to get food for self or family because they are desperate. Our heart is like this towards everything that is evil and wicked. That is anything that does not give God glory.

Now this leads me to my last point; who can know it? Only God can because verse 10 of that chapter says, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

Let the Lord purify your heart with truth and righteousness, and be careful when people instruct you, or you instruct yourself to follow your heart because you are being lead down a path of destruction.

Don’t follow your heart, but do Proverbs 3:5-7 which says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” 542461_519749298048225_849773634_n

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Follow Your Heart

  1. This article makes a wonderful point, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart” Pr. 3:5. The conclusions made regarding the heart are godly indeed, and obviously we could never fully trust the Lord with a deceitful heart. I was at first questioning the warning in the title “Don’t follow your heart” because the quote from Jer. 17:9 was taken out of context. An understanding of the full passage (Jer. 17:5-11) reveals that it is the issue of where to properly place one’s TRUST that determines the nature of the heart. It is the HEART that has “departed from the Lord” (17:5) that becomes deceitful. Jesus declared that it is what we place value on that ultimately determines the condition of our HEART. “Where your treasure is, there your HEART will be also” Mt. 6:21. He further stated, “Blessed are the pure in HEART, for they will see God” Mt. 5:8. When asked regarding the most important commandment, He replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your HEART and with all your soul and with all your mind” Mt. 22:37. If the HEART was such that it is constantly deceitful, we would NEVER be able to love God with ALL our HEART. Indeed, we are but fools to follow a HEART that is “deceitful above all things”, but a HEART in such condition is the unregenerate HEART which has failed to properly honor God and respond with gratitude: “because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish HEART was darkened” Ro. 1:21. By contrast, our very salvation depends on a change of HEART. “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy HEART: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine HEART that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the HEART man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Ro. 10:8-10. Once the Holy Spirit has taken permanent residency in our HEART, we should not be afraid to follow our hearts. Thank you Janice for another thought provoking article that is aimed straight at the HEART! Peace.

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    1. Yes, and Christ purposely instituted His church to be a living organism (opposed to an organization) specifically made up of many members. Each has a unique function and derives their personal perspective from different areas of ministry, but all are NECESSARY, and together the sum of the parts complete the puzzle. May God continue to richly bless and anoint your ministry. You are greatly appreciated!

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