True confessions. I like reality tv shows. I watch The Bachelor – I turn off the raunchy scenes. But I find it so interesting that in this particular program, whether it is bachelor or bachelorette, a phrase is used over and over again…
I just have to follow my heart.
Now, the Bible has a lot to say about the heart – A LOT – and one of those things is NOT to follow it.
I have two grandkids; one is 24 (girl) and one is almost-18 (boy), I have never once told them to follow their heart. I have told them, at least 9,999 times to guard their heart.
Above everything else, guard your heart; for it is the source of life’s consequences. Proverbs 4.23 (CJB)
As my granddaughter would say, “Oof…”
Serious stuff. Are our choices made due to the dictates of our heart or our wisdom, based on God’s truth?
Let’s see what the B I B L E has to say!
Where shall I begin? With my friend Kitty’s life verse:
Trust in the Lord, with all your heart. Lean not to your own understanding but acknowledge HIM in all your ways and HE will direct your steps. Proverbs 3.5-6
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6.21
Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37.4
Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. Psalm 26.2
These are great scriptures, aren’t they? Heart here sounds more like our body|soul|spirit being. When we trust the Lord and delight in Him with our whole body, soul, spirit … He will direct our steps, He will give us our desires, we will invest in His Kingdom, and He will test us.
Sounds healthy and good, right? Yes, and it is.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked [incurable sick]; who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind [secret parts], even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings. Jeremiah 17.9-10
Ouch. Listen, y’all, I am saved, Spirit-filled, and sanctified but those consequences of way-back-then choices? They are rotten fruit of my own doing. Hear me?
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36.26
This is the prayer we must pray with a clean, pure, contrite, humble heart [spirit]…
Father God, in Jesus’ Name, give me a new heart and a new spirit – ones that honor You and desire You more than anything else. Take this heart of cold, hard stone and give me a new heart of compassion, kindness, and humble flesh. This O Lord, is my true desire to honor You in all things with my whole life. Amen.
How’s your heart?
The matters of our heart matters to The One who formed us and created us and designed every cell of us. My heart is pure. Now, ask yourself that question.