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Do NOT Follow Your Heart

“Follow your heart.”

“Trust your feelings.”

“If you feel it, then it must be true.”

What do you think about the truth of these statements? I mean, these are sentiments we are taught growing up. These are things we feel are true (there’s a little fallacy there for you logic buffs).

God gave us our feelings, our emotions, our heart. They’re not bad, are they?

I was a little blown away by something I read this morning in 1 John – one of the great “love” books in the Bible.

In 1 John, John is telling us that the world will know us by our love. The way we love each other and the lost is our greatest witness to the world.

But in chapter 3, he tells us how we can know we are saved. How we can be assured our lives have been changed by the gospel. The answer is still love… but it’s interesting that there even has to be a question.

And here’s the real killer. In verse 19, he says

By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; (1 John 3:19, ESV)

“Reassure our heart”….Y’all…

OUR HEARTS LIE TO US!

Eve’s gut lied to her in the garden when she trusted the serpent. Once we are saved, our heart continues to doubt our salvation. You’re really not a believer. Look at you! 

But when we see our love, our fruit, we reassure our hearts with the evidence of our faith.

Does it surprise you that we have to do this? I know that my heart is a liar, and yet this truth blew me away.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9, KJV)

He goes on in chapter 3:

for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God;  (vv. 20-21)

Our Father sees us through His son, Christ. He knows our heart through that filter. And when we fight down the lie about our heart, we are confident to do the work that God has called us to. Otherwise, our heart is so busy tearing us down that we are incapacitated!

Don’t let the lies win!

Action item: If you’re having trouble believing this truth, get with another believer and identify the lies you’re believing that are not Biblical. Memorize scripture that fight those lies, and pray for each other.

 

Desire Part 1: This Is My Desire

What is your deepest desire? This is a question that was posed to me through Beth Moore‘s book Jesus: 90 Days With the One and Only. Yeah, I’m reading Beth Moore – don’t hate! I’m getting a lot out of this book. Sidenote: The 90 Days has pathetically turned into about 9 months – and it’s not over! Sidenote 2: she makes me want to call you “beloved” in my blog. I refrain when the desire hits. 🙂

Back to the question about my deepest desire. I really had to think about this, but I knew I needed to explore two paths:

  1. What does the “Christian” in me think?
  2. What does my flesh think?

My pat answer is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. And I know deep down that I truly desire that. But I also know there is a lot of flesh in this hunk of human – and what does she want? I wrote down the first thing that came to my flesh-mind: Happiness. This answer, if I were to hear it from someone else, would make me gag. It’s so trite, and “isn’t it what we all want?” ::Bat eyelashes::

Um…yes, it is what we all want. But I think it takes a different form than what our flesh thinks. My flesh wants a big, professionally-decorated, windows-covering-the-walls, comfy, built-in-espresso-machine-in-the-kitchen house. My flesh wants a free schedule and endless sleep. My flesh wants – and it never stops wanting.

My heart, however – the soul-thing that is connected to the Holy Spirit – wants joy. Joy fulfills. Joy is not dependent on temporary things. Joy overflows from a life that has been redeemed!

Those delivered from bondage will travel on it,
those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way.
They will enter Zion with a happy shout.
Unending joy will crown them,
happiness and joy will overwhelm them;
grief and suffering will disappear. (NETBible, Isaiah 35:9b-10)

My joy cannot be rooted in things of the here and now – even great things, like my husband, my son, our jobs, our ministries. The joy I want can only be found in our Savior. In pursuing His kingdom and His righteousness. And I’m even more amazed that I won’t even know the extent of joy possible until we enter His heaven and are drawn right to our knees.

So, beloved 🙂 – what does your flesh want? How do you remind yourself to find the True Joy?

Stay tuned for part 2 of the Desire series – the desire of our enemy.

Heavenly Father, your truth is always better than my flesh. Thank you for giving me joy that is rooted in You. You know best that I often do not experience this joy because I’m focusing on earthly desires. Align my will to Yours. Let Your true joy overflow in my life.