“Follow your heart” We have all heard that phrase many times. We see it all over Pinterest and Instagram. We are constantly surrounded by people telling us to “Follow our heart”. If I could only give someone one piece of advice, it would be: “DON’T FOLLOW YOUR HEART!” Let’s look at Jeremiah 17:9- “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Notice it says ‘the heart is deceitful’. Our hearts can betray us. Our hearts are emotional, we need wisdom as well.
As Christians, we shouldn’t be following our heart, we should be following the convictions of the Holy Spirit.
1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.”
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”
This is saying that we do not belong to ourselves, therefore we should be following God’s heart, not our own. For God has more wisdom than anyone can imagine.
Most teenagers hate depending on people. They don’t like the idea of not being able to do things themselves (me included!) They want to be independent and make their own decisions. Read this quote by John Bevere, “When we invite the Holy Spirit into our decision making processes, He will ALWAYS bear witness through the peace of Christ Jesus.” While the overall first impression of following our heart sounds okay, it’s not. Here’s the tough truth:
When you follow your own heart, it’s saying that your priorities and what you want in life is higher than God’s priorities and His will for you.
Ouch. That kinda stings, but we often do just that, often without meaning to! Continuing off of that, By following our heart, we are turning against God and living a life self-focused instead of Christ-focused.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Now this is not saying that God is a Genie and will grant you any wish you want. No, this verse is saying that if we truly delight in the Lord, what we will want is what God desires and wants for our lives.
John 16:13 has a great message, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”
When you place your trust in God, the Holy Spirit will guide you and help you with discernment and wisdom.
I feel very strongly on the topic of fully surrendering yourself to God and His wisdom so I want to help others understand the best I can. William Booth said this, “The greatness of a man’s power is in the measure of his surrender.”
Acts 1:8 says, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” When we live by the convictions of the Holy Spirit and strive to do the will of God, IT WILL SHOW! Acts 1:8 stated that when we have the Holy Spirit we will be witnesses to the people around us. And as followers of Christ (not our own hearts and desires) being examples and living a life as a testimony to God is something we should all strive to do. Your life is your ministry.