WARNING:DON’T FOLLOW YOUR HEART

“Follow your heart.” “Listen to your heart.” “Trust your gut. ” Any of these sound familiar?  I know almost all of us can relate to these phrases, for they are almost always present in movie scripts,  radio songs,  and novel quotes.

  When we talk about Love,  we hear these words more often than not.  
Think about it-it sounds liberating and enticing, right?  Freedom and Independence are chained about it like a necklace.  People all over the world make it as a driving force to get to their dreams and aspirations. 
However,  following one’s heart has no Biblical principle whatsoever attached to it. 
Here are some of the Red Flags that you need to remember to know what your heart is really like:
1. Jeremiah 17:9 KJV
The heart is deceitful above all things , and desperately wicked: who can know it?
Ever had that tiny little voice inside your head whispering things like,  “as long as I’m happy”, or that “this is really it. I really want this” moment when you are so inspired or in love? Our hearts are very manipulative and clever.  They can trick our minds into thinking that what we’re doing is okay as long as “I am happy”. The heart feeds its ego,  its narcissistic attitude.  It’s always about Me,  Myself,  and I. 

2. Genesis 6:5 KJV
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
From the very beginning,  the Lord saw how wicked our hearts were.  Just imagine,  “every imagination of the thoughts of the heart was only evil continually. ” This is something very disturbing. Most of us believe that “Man is naturally good”, but God thinks otherwise. If you listen to the News today,  all you ever hear and see are death,  corruption,  violence,  immorality.  If there be any good news it is only flashed but for a snap of a second.  
3. Psalm 73:26 KJV
My flesh and my heart faileth.
If you think your heart won’t fail you,  think again.  A lot of us are led astray from the paths determined for us by God because we are so eager to follow our hearts. We are so eager to be free from the clasps of God’s Words because we always think that they are against us. But that is not at all the case.

Be there any Red Flag, there is always a Safety Precaution to counter it.
Caution # 1: 
Proverbs 4:23 KJV
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
How do you stay away from getting sick? of course, you have to take safety measures like drinking your medicine and keeping a close watch on your drinking schedule, exercising regularly, and eating healthy food. Same as with our hearts, we need to learn how to guard it with all our might because it gets sick easily. Our words and actions always point back to what our hearts’ desires really are. Keeping a constant reading of God’s Word not only equips you to be able to guard your heart better, it also helps you prevent contaminants (jealousy, insecurity, fear, etc.)  that may enter its gates.
Caution #2:
Proverbs 3: 5 and 6 KJV
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Our hearts are not meant to be followed, but rather they are meant to be led. They can easily mistake worry for fear, infatuation for love, and pride for confidence. Trusting God means putting aside your own will and asking Him what His will for your life is. Leading our hearts to trust the Lord and His sovereignty over every situation and person that we encounter shows a submissive and obedient spirit before Him.
Caution #3:
Psalm 97:11 KJV
Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
True happiness comes from knowing who the giver of real joy is: Jesus Christ. Teaching your heart to be happy in the Lord brings with it peace, contentment, and rest. Although striving and aiming high are not bad things in themselves, we must learn to recognize when our hearts begin to seek contentment and happiness in Creation and not in the Creator. 
Caution #4:
Psalm 34:8
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.
God is a God of surprises and blessings and miracles and wonders. When we lead our hearts to find Him, to seek Him with all that we are, we begin to see how everything around us illuminates His goodness. Trusting God brings with it the blessing of eternal security,knowing well that the Person whom we trust is a Keeper.
If ever you are tempted to trust your heart again, stand up to it by praying. Prayer has proved time and time again, to be the most effective, simplest, and “fee-less” communication in all the earth. No Long-distance charges and no weak signals- just pure undivided, real conversation with the Creator of the Universe. May you be always reminded of how much God loves you enough to keep you from your own hearts’ devices. 
Have a good night ahead! 🙂
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