FOLLOW YOUR HEART
By Curtis Pugh
By Curtis Pugh
Often the advice is given, “follow your heart.” And a great many people are doing just that. In doing this people only achieve a touch of fleeting happiness. What is worse they never arrive at lasting joy and peace with God. The Bible has much to say about the human heart. None of it good. For instance the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 179). It also says, “Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness,” (Proverbs 14:13).
A person who follows their heart only heaps trouble to himself. The Lord Jesus said: “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies,” (Matthew 15:19). In addition to displeasing God, evil thoughts of all sorts produce sorrow to others and to self. Murders bring joy neither to the victim, his family nor to the murderer and his family. Adulteries and other sexual sins often ruin marriages, result in diseases, consume savings, break up families and do harm to children. Stealing, lying and blaspheming God only bring sorrow to all affected by these things. So why do people continue following their hearts? The answer is found in Jeremiah 13:23: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.” People cannot stop doing these sinful things! They go on following their own deceitful and desperately wicked hearts. All this brings more sorrow to them while here on earth – and stores up judgment in the world to come.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me,” - this was the prayer of the Psalmist, (Psalm 51:10). God is able to give sinners a new heart as He said in Ezekiel 36:26: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” Such a supernatural work must be accomplished by God. Men cannot change their hearts. They are in bondage to them. Obedience to wicked hearts only produces fleeting pleasure followed by emptiness and sorrow. The only solution is to be “born again.” This new birth is necessary for salvation. It includes receiving the new heart mentioned above. The Lord Jesus said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again,” (John 3:7). Only God can do this. Your will cannot bring it to pass. The Bible makes that clear in John 1:13 where we read: “Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” Stop trusting in yourself, in religion, in your works or in your attempts to be obedient to the Bible. Only God can birth you into His family. You are shut up to that fact.
Grace Bible Baptist Church
26080 Wax Road
Denham Springs, LA 70726