Whatever you do, don't follow your heart
"Follow your instincts". It's a phrase I've seen everywhere, from Pinterest to t-shirts. But just because something is in fashion or you can save it on Pinterest does not mean it's true. True?
Then let's follow the instincts, but ... just for a while, yes? Join me in the ring to fight with this important question:
Should I follow my heart?
We will get to the heart of this matter in a moment, let's start with our minds.
Proverbs 28:26 gives us a strong shake:
"He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, but he who walks wisely will be delivered."
Could you read that again? Let this penetrate deep into your mind.
Just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true. The idea that our thoughts about ourselves are not reliable, that we are not fit to know who we are, is not an easy truth to accept. This means that all the beautiful things we see everywhere like:
Live your truth
Don't wait to have permission to be who you are ...
All that is a lie.
It may not be popular or you can't save it on Pinterest, but it's true. What you think of yourself and the world around you is not always true. Speaking of which, your heart is also lying to you.
More deceptive than everything, is the heart, and without remedy; Who will understand? ”(Jer. 17: 9)
Your heart is going to lie to you about who or what deserves your affection. Your heart will tell you, "If it feels good, it's fine." This is a lie that Satan has been telling you since the Garden of Eden.
And the snake was more cunning than any of the farm animals that the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman: Conque God has said to you: «You will not eat of any tree of the garden»? (Gen. 3: 1)
Here, the enemy was taking advantage of the deepest desires of Eva's heart, the desire to understand the universe around her, the desire to be like God, the desire to have control. Eva trusted those desires ... bite ... crunch ... fall, she found herself trapped and permanently changed by sin.
A reliable voice
Let's see if you recognize these popular phrases:
"Follow your heart"
Truth: Please do not do it! It will make your life go down the toilet.
"Follow your heart; but take your mind with you »
Truth: No and no.
"Follow your instincts"
Truth: Well, that won't work either.
It is certainly not so pleasant, but what do you think of this as a dose of truth?
"I can't trust my mind and my heart is a ruthless liar."
That's the cloud, but look at the positive side:
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow me." (John 10:27)
There is a voice we can trust. It is the voice of the good Shepherd. His reliable voice is available to all, at all times through his Word.
Our voice does not always tell us the whole truth and only the truth. Just because you think it doesn't mean it's true. Just because you feel it doesn't mean you should act based on it. That is why we need God's help to lower the volume of the voice in our mind and heart and increase the volume to his Truth. Doing this is a lifelong process. It requires that we go frequently to the deep well of God's word to help us see the difference between perceived truth and actual truth.
Don't follow your heart, dear friend. Follow Jesus He will never make you deviate.