Movies, motivational speeches, blogs, popular music, TV, social “experts”, friends & family, etc. may tell you to “Just follow your heart.” It’s the theme in every Disney movie. It’s heard by thousands all over the world lying on the office couches of professional therapists. It’s accepted because it means, “Do what feels right to you.” Even Oprah told you to listen to your heart, not your head. What that says is…make emotional decisions NOT wise, thought out decisions.
Sadly, even Christians have even adopted this theology with some encouraging others to do the same. Some churches have promoted the false doctrine. They tell people, “God says to just follow your heart.” WELL, that is NOT what God says about our hearts.
Now, I am certain this will shock some people who have followed this philosophy\theology their entire lives. After all, it sounds like a good plan of action and it “feels right”. Here’s the truth about our hearts…
Our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.
1. Your heart is wicked.
Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s what God has to say…
Jeremiah 17:9-10 NLT – “9The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”
We are ALL WICKED at the core. That’s why we need God. Without God, our lives will be lived in wickedness. HOW? God says that when we simply follow our own heart, we become idolaters worshiping our own hearts.
2. Your heart is selfish.
Your heart is selfish because it wants what feels good and what is comfortable. However, God doesn’t submit to our desire to be comfortable.
Philippians 2:3 NLT – “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.”
James 3:15-16 NLT – “15For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.”
Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God. DIRECT and LEAD your heart.
3. Your heart doesn’t naturally follow God.
Following the desires of your heart may not lead you to the abundant life you hope to live and the life God has promised you. If you follow your heart, it will be swayed by emotions and you tend to avoid certain uncomfortable things. Your heart follows it’s own path and ignores any other.
Matthew 6:21 NLT – “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
By seeking the treasure of the life you were meant to live, you are willing to push through the emotions and the discomfort and follow God’s plan in your life. We must 1st focus on the desired result and then force our heart to get into alignment.
The heart says “ME”. God says “OTHERS”. The heart says, “Do it the way you feel comfortable.” God says, “I came to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
There IS a way to follow your heart that God declares. Psalm 37:3-5 NLT – “3Trust in the Lord and do good…4Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.”
Similarly, the Bible tells us that David was a “man after God’s own heart”. The key word here is “after”. His heart was NOT leading. His heart was being led, drawn, pulled, and attracted to. We must allow God to…
CREATE and RENEW
Psalms 51:10 – “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”
1. Overcome the temptation to listen to your heart.
Jesus wants to wash your heart and make it clean and to renew a right spirit inside of you, with His blood that He shed on Calvary. All anyone has to do is be willing to confess and forsake all their sins.
Anytime you “feel” like you should do one thing or another, be aware of the temptation of the heart to do its own thing. Don’t believe in your heart; direct your heart to believe in God. Don’t follow your heart; follow Jesus. Your heart is not a shepherd to lead you. Don’t follow it, and be careful even listening to it. Your heart only tells you what you want, not what you need.
2. Know the difference between the voice of your heart and the voice of the Holy Spirit.
John 10:1-5 NIV – “1Very truly I tell you Pharisees, anyone who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”
According to Jesus, if you cannot distinguish the difference between the voice of the Holy Spirit and the voice of your heart, you will follow the WRONG path and will NOT be in the safety of the family.
3. Establish a regular heart checkup.
Psalm 139:23-24 NLT – “23Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
Just like in our physical, we need a spiritual checkup. A doctor may find a HIDDEN disease we didn’t know or realize that we had. We had symptoms, but we ignored them until we became so uncomfortable and miserable, that we could no longer avoid going through the test of our bodies or our hearts.
God never said to follow your heart. God tells us to LEAD our heart.
IF you have not yet made a decision to follow Christ COMPLETELY, today is the perfect day to decide. You can only be what you were created for and experience everything designed for you by surrendering your heart to God and following Him.
Let’s have a conversation. Would love to hear your thoughts…