Follow Your Heart seems good advice, but…
“Follow your heart” is a Hollywood doctrine being preached in different forms of media and is directly marketed to our children. The teaching is somehow plausible as it teaches independence, courage, and bravery to a budding individual.
But this is dangerous. It is dangerous because they intentionally leave God out of the process, leaving children obeying their own will instead of allowing God to “create a clean heart” in them.
The danger of following your heart as written in the Bible
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 ESV
If one’s heart (or more specifically the brain) is not put into the care of God through the power of the Holy Spirit then we can be assured that it will always lead to one’s downfall.
This is actually the common and main reason why many lives are broken and in desperate and awful situations nowadays. We always want to do the man’s way instead of God’s way. This is the old covenant, the old sin. This is the reason why God has the plan of salvation. In the process of saving us, God wanted us to fully surrender our hearts to Him.
Our heart like a sponge
Whether we like it or not, or whether we are aware of it or not, our heart (or brain) accumulates different philosophies and teachings which will be the basis of important decisions sooner or later, decisions that affect our eternal destiny.
How many times we watch, listen, or read opinions and beliefs of many known personalities in a day? It can be through watching primetime shows on TV, or mornings commentaries from news anchors, or favorite taglines in movies, or opinions on broadsheet and social media, and so on and so forth.
How many times in a day we study God’s words and put good stuff in our brain which can be mined as needed to protect us from temptations and false teachings? Your answer is probably the same as most of us. We prefer to discuss and spend time with gossips, fake news, entertainment, and
You have seen and heard from many movies and opinions that allegedly departed loved ones are now in heaven and are watching over to protect and guide us. You heard this as well from many preachers which give more weight to it. Sounds good and comforting, isn’t it?
But is it really biblical? Did we ever spend the time to check from the Bible if that teaching is true? Perhaps, we just accepted it to be true since everyone else around us simply accepted it that way.
How about this verse: “The dead cannot sing praises to the LORD, for they have gone into the silence of the grave.” Psalm 115:17 NLT
They can’t be in heaven now since they can’t even praise God. How can they watch over us if a simple act of praising they can’t do?
Why believing in this false teaching is so dangerous? Because Satan can copy the physical attributes of our beloved departed ones to deceive us more. If Satan can miraculously appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) he can perfectly look and sounds like our dead relatives. God seriously hates this sin.
In other words, if we think that our departed loved ones are now in heaven guiding and protecting us then we have been deceived, and this happens because we keep on “following our heart” instead of what the Bible says.
The point is this: We cannot trust our own heart in many ways. We need God to tell us what is true and best for us. We need our hearts to be humbled under and before God.
Follow your heart is the sin of Lucifer
God is the One who created us. God is the One who should and set our standard of morality. We should listen to Him being our Creator and us as His created beings.
But because of pride and envy, Lucifer thought that he can do better than God (Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28:16, Revelation 12:7-9). He managed to convince Adam and Eve that they too can be gods who can tell good and bad without depending on God (Genesis 3). In other words, Lucifer’s agenda is:
“You can set your own standard of morality. You can define your own good or bad, and you don’t need God nor His law to define what is right and wrong.”
Follow Your Heart and Do What Thou Wilt
are the same
“Follow your heart” is a language that seems innocent and acceptable to many despite the dangers it brings. For a more blatant and bold declaration, the Satanic motto goes like this: “Do what thou wilt”.
A simple googling of “do what thou wilt” will show us that this teaching is indeed from Lucifer.
“Follow your heart” and “Do what thou wilt” is basically the same, and is preached by the same people who do not want God in theirs and our lives.
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So again, how are our hearts now? Perhaps, it is high time to let God rule our hearts beginning today.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”Psalm 51:10 KJV