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November 1, 2017, 10:01 AM

Worst Advice EVER: Just follow your heart

Church Family,

What's the worst advice you have ever heard? For me its, Just follow your heart. That’s what we have heard in some form or fashion all of our lives. How do you feel? Which decision makes you feel better?

The reason we think and feel this way is found in Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? 10“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

There is nothing more wicked and deceitful in all of God’s creation than my heart. To tell someone to follow their heart has led to people leaving their wives, husbands, and kids so they could chase what made them feel good in the moment. This type of thinking has led to churches abandoning scripture, removing the gospel, and staying the same in the name of tradition, rather than being transformed by the power of the gospel. Following our heart has changed the definition of family, claims to allow boys to become girls or vice versa, and racist to hate the creator for the creation that He made. These are just some examples.  

Preachers don’t declare thus says the Lord anymore, but rather this is what we feel and prefer. Never ever will how we feel trump what God has said.

Our feelings demand to be lifted higher than God’s authority. Then, when God says something like He does in Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

When God says this our feelings get hurt. God has every right to send every soul to Hell and He would be righteous to do so. Yet, because God is so gracious He provides salvation. God should smash us like a piece of pottery that can not put itself back together, but instead God searches the wicked heart and provides salvation.

Can I encourage you today to stop trying to pacify the feelings of a wicked heart and follow the truth of God’s word? Stop living a life bent on Hellish ways and give your life to Christ. Trust that His word is good and that it has your best interest in mind. Mainly, the saving of your soul.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


11-01-2017 at 11:59 AM
Ellen King
You are so RIGHT Listen to God.
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