Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Where is Your Heart Leading You?

By Allen White 
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 

Our hearts are far more powerful than our heads. Case in point, how many things do we know we should do, yet we don’t because we don’t feel like it. The opposite is also true – how many things do we know to avoid, yet plunge into over and over?

The Bible tells us the heart has an inclination toward wickedness (Jeremiah 17:9). It’s part of our brokenness – part of human nature. Yet, our hearts can also be directed.

How many times have we had our hearts “set” on something? The question comes to whether we are setting our hearts on the right things.

Please understand – this doesn’t follow the anything-you-want-is-wrong line of thinking. God actually wants to bless us with things we want. Solomon desired wisdom, so God gave Solomon wisdom with wealth to boot (1 Kings 3:1-15).

But, our hearts can be deceived. We can desire someone or something to the point this replaces God in our lives. If only we had _______________, we would be happy.

These out of control desires lead to flawed thinking. “If I were with another person instead of with my spouse, my life would be better.” If you put the energy into your marriage instead of into a fantasy, your marriage might be a lot better.

Our hearts need guidance or else they are prone to lead us astray. Fortunately, God have us a Guide Book, the Bible. If our hearts ever direct us away from the Truth of God’s Word, then the course needs correction.

But, what if we just don’t feel like it? Ever been there? When our hearts and our heads are playing tug-a-war, we need more power than our own will power to resist. We need God’s power.

If you feel God is requiring you to do something you’re not capable of, or your heart is drifting away from God’s way, then cry out to God. Make him aware of the seeming impossibility of your situation. Let Him know – if His path is meant to be, then it’s NOT up to me. It’s up to Him!

Cry out to God. He will answer your desperate prayer. God will give you the power you need – unless you persist. He won’t violate your will, but He will put up a roadblock.

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