Follow Your Heart
Many believers are blown away with so many worldly doctrines, that in some cases, they do not know what to do.
That we henceforth† be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and† cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; -- Ephesians 4: 14
If you study the word Ďsleightí, you will see that it is referring to a game or gambling.† This is what men of the world will do with your life if you give them the opportunity.† They will entrap you by deceit and gamble with your life.
So it is important to know what to do in each and every situation.† The point of this teaching is to help you make decisions IF you do not know what the Word of God says about a specific situation. This principle is extremely important and will make null and void manís ability to gamble with your life.
For example, you may run across a situation that is not specifically written in the Bible, especially in these modern times.† YOU WILL HAVE TWO (2) WAYS TO MAKE A DECISION:† One is by your five senses and the other is by the Spirit of God in Christ in you.† You want to always make your decision by the Spirit of the true God.† Why?
The carnal mind is the mind of the five senses and God Almighty says it is in conflict with Him.† Now letís look at the previous verse.
For to be carnally minded is †death; but to be spiritually minded is† life and peace. Ė Romans 8: 6
Sometimes I cannot help but wonder why people would choose to be carnally minded.† But actually it is because they choose not to study spiritual truths which are clearly written in the Bible.† Notice the word Ďchooseí implies free will.† The reason you are reading this teaching is so that I can teach you spiritual truths as they were once taught to me by people who were taught by God.† I too am fortunate to be taught, at times, truths directly from the true God.† Many of those truths God allows me to share with you.† God is a respecter of conditions, not persons and He will give you revelation if you fulfill certain conditions.
Now take a look at the second part of the above verse.† To be spiritually minded is life and peace.† The more spiritual matters (pneumatikos) you understand and apply, the more life and peace you will have in your life.† And this is life to its fullest Ė life in the fast lane.† You must always remember that the more of the Word of God you apply and the more accomplishments you obtain for God in this life, sometimes the more tribulation or mental pressure you will experience.† The adversary is not going to go after the person or believer who is doing nothing for the true God.† He is going to try and hinder the strong believer.† This is normal Ė expect it.† You stand in good company.
This is why it is so important to know what to do in every single situation according to Godís Will, not manís.† If your heart is right with God, your heart will guide you when you are uneasy about any situation.† IT IS A TRUTH that cannot be disputed, that with Godís Word and the revelation manifestation of Word of Knowledge, God has covered every possible situation we can run across in this life.† There is not one opportunity, tribulation or situation that can defeat us.† NOT ONE!† Tell me thatís not a comfort.† Always turn to the arm of God and not to the arm of man.
Before we go any farther, I want you to know that I do not mean for you to follow your heart as it refers to your old man ways.† We have to distinguish between the heart of a believer and the heart of an unbeliever.† An unbelieverís heart is basically evil, but Godís Word cleans up the heart of a believing believer.† So you say there are unbelieving believers.† Yes, it is a figure of speech referring to a believer who no longer studies or applies Godís Word.† Many people cop out because they cannot take the pressure they receive from other people.† Yet they choose a life of death instead which is much worse.† This is caused by fear which is the believerís only enemy in its least common denominator.† If you know a lot of Godís Word, your heart will be in the right place.† AND GOD LOOKS ON THE HEART.† He knows what youíre thinking at all times.† The adversary does not.† If he did, weíd be in serious trouble.† So remember, when I refer to the title of this teaching, I am referring to the purified heart of the believer DOING HIS OR HER BEST to walk for God and with God.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are† the issues of life. Ė Proverbs 4: 23
What does it mean to keep thy heart with all diligence?†
Thou wilt keep him† in perfect peace, whose† mind is† stayed on thee: ††because he trusteth in thee. Ė Isaiah 26: 3
Keeping your heart with all diligence means to keep your thoughts on God.† Stay put.† This is how you stay in perfect peace.† There is no true peace to those who are outside of Godís Word.† There is some occasional happiness which is fleeting, but there is no everlasting joy.† Happiness is only Satanís counterfeit for the real thing Ė which is joy.† Joy is an inside job and can be permanent if we always stayed in fellowship.† Happiness is temporary and doesnít last very long Ė it is external.† Believe me, if you stay your mind on God, you will experience true peace and true life.† If this were not true, then why would I be doing this?† Think about it.† I donít receive any compensation for these teachings, neither do I ask for any and neither do I need any.† I do this out of pure joy because I to want you to be able to crush the enemy in your life like I have done in mine.† The only thing that defeats the enemy in this world is Godís Word rightly divided and applied.† Iím going to say that again: ďThe only thing that defeats the enemy in this world is Godís Word rightly divided and appliedĒ.† Ok?† Donít forget it.
Since we were just studying a Scripture in the Book of Proverbs, we are now going to return to that book since much is said about the heart of man. †These next three Scriptures say a great deal.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.† In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.† Be not wise in thine own eyes:† fear [respect] †the Lord, and depart from evil. Ė Proverbs 3: 5, 6, 7
Godís Word is perfect so His Word must be perfect.† Notice the order and arrangement of the words.† First, we are to trust in the Lord.† How do you get to know someone?† By their words, correct?† So how are you going to trust in the Lord if you do not study His Words?† Does God tell you to study?
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. -- II Timothy 2: 15
Now back to Proverbs above.† You are exhorted not to lean unto your own understanding.† You are to go to God and pray for His guidance and He will direct your paths.† Then God says, donít be wise in your own eyes, in the innermost part of your mind, which is your HEART.† Donít use the old man ways of the heart to make your decisions, but turn to God Almighty.† Donít you think that the Creator of life knows how to live it?!† Acknowledge means to recognize as having force or power.† In all our ways, we are to acknowledge God.† Also, notice how the last verse 7 is worded after the colon.† We are to first respect God and His Word and then we are to depart from evil.† Renewing your mind to Godís Word gives us the strength we need to be able to depart from evil.† Thatís why the verse is worded in that manner.† Because God is perfect, then His Word must be perfect which means that the order of the Words must be perfect.
Wisdom is† the principal thing; therefore† get wisdom:† and with all thy getting get understanding. Ė Proverbs 4: 7
Where do we get understanding?† In our heart.† And how do we get this wisdom which gives us understanding in our heart?† By studying Godís Word and applying it in our everyday life.† Itís that simple.† Man complicates matters Ė Godís Word is very simple.† When you have this Godly wisdom, you are then able to make correct decisions because you had the best teacher in the universe Ė God.
Here is another group of Scriptures where God is telling us to stay with His Words for they will lead to the more than abundant life in all categories.† Letís study one Scripture at a time from the same Chapter in Proverbs, chapter four (4).
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Ė Proverbs 4: 20
What does God want us to attend to?† What does He want us to listen to?
Can you imagine all of the promises that God has made to us in His Word?† There are about 1,000.† How many do you know?† This Scripture states that we will have excellent health and an enriching life to all of those that find Godís Word.† How do you find Godís Word?† You search it out like a treasure because truly it is the greatest treasure of all.† You study it.† Iím doing it for 36 years.† The deeper you dig, the greatest treasures you will find.† It is exciting and full of adventure and it is a lot of fun.
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:† and his commandments are not grievous. Ė I John 5: 3
God is telling us that His Word is not oppressive.† It is actually adventurous, exciting and more rewarding than anything else on earth.† Make it your own and then you will see.† Keep God first and everything else will fall into its proper place.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. -- Matthew 6: 33
Letís get back to Proverbs for the final Scripture in this set.† This will be a necessary review and will tell you again you just how important the heart is pertaining to everything in our lives.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are† the issues of life. Ė Proverbs 4: 23
[Again, we are covering this same verse due to its utmost importance concerning the subject matter of this teaching and also to complete the thought and purpose of the previous three (3) verses (20, 21, 22).† The approach and explanation of the verse is different than above.† It is an established fact that we learn by repetition and we can never learn the Word by reading and studying a Scripture only once.]
Everything that exists in our life emanates from the heart which, again, is the innermost part of our being.† As was taught before, we are to keep that heart with all diligence by having its thoughts line up with what the Word says.† Remember Romans 8: 6.† Godís way is the way of life while manís way is the way of death.† You can put the worldís thoughts in your heart or Godís.† The choice is up to you.† You have free will and the true God will never overstep that free will.† He wants you to love and obey him by your own choice.† When you do, God will always help you to make the correct decisions in your life.† You are only responsible for the amount of Godís Word that you know and apply.† However, you should know that you are expected to renew your mind for all your time on this earth.
I Beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is† your reasonable service.† And be not conformed to this world:† but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is† that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -- Romans 12: 1, 2
The renewed mind is your key to power.† Remember, you want to acquire wisdom, for her price is far above rubies.† You can only get Godly wisdom via the renewed mind.† You need to put on the thoughts of Christ and of God.† This next verse tells us where wisdom originates and how we are to obtain it.† Along with wisdom comes understanding and again there is only one source.
Every way of a man is† right in his own eyes:† but the Lord pondereth the hearts. Ė Proverbs 21: 2 †[emphasis added]
Next time you are in a difficult situation, get quiet and away from any noise or confusion.† Then pray to God and ask Him to help you do the right thing.† Then think deeply about your situation and decision and listen closely to your heart Ė your innermost self.† If your heart is right with God, your heart will guide you and you will clearly see what is the right decision.†