“Trust your heart!” “Follow your heart!” “The heart doesn’t lie!” How many times have you received or given that advice?
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?
The fact is that we can’t always trust what lies within our hearts.
How much trouble has your heart gotten you into? Our passions, our desires, our motives, even our dreams aren’t always within God’s will.
How much trouble has ‘your heart’ gotten you into?
How many bad relationships?
How many bad purchases?
How many bad decisions?
We can’t even trust our hearts when it comes to what we do for God. Just because we have it in our hearts to do something for God doesn’t necessarily mean it’s His will for us.
David had it in His heart to build a house for God…
1 Kings 8:17-19
Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple[a] for the name of the Lord God of Israel. 18 But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. 19 Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.’
Just because it’s in your heart to do it for God, it may not be His will for you! David was a man of war, musician, psalmist, king…but not it wasn’t for him to build the temple. You need to KNOW YOUR CALLING, YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS…KNOW YOUR ANOINTING.
It may be your passion to be an Olympic athlete, but you may not be athletic enough to do so. There are some preachers who are gifted speakers, but they don’t have the ability to lead as a Pastor.
The adage, “Trust your heart” is an example of the world’s wisdom which God warns us to beware of…
1 Corinthians 3:19 (ESV)
For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”.
James 3:15 (ESV)
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.
God expects His children to rely on His wisdom and the guidance of His Holy Spirit…
James 3:17 (ESV)
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Romans 8:14 (ESV)
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
From relationships, to choosing a job, to finding your purpose in God, our Heavenly Father never meant for us to allow our flesh to lead us, but to be led by His Spirit…
Galatians 5:16 (ESV)
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
With the help and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit, we don’t have to worry about trusting our hearts – all we have to do is trust Him!