Devotional For The Week Of 11/6/2017- Don't Follow Your Heart, Follow The Holy Spirit

(Jeremiah 17:9- The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?) Ever since kids we’ve been told to follow our heart. One thing we have to remember is that it’s always about what God says. Society says follow your heart, but the Bible says that your heart is deceitful. You can have all these plans for yourself but God may call you to do something completely opposite. It’s not about following your heart it’s about doing God’s will for your life. Many people my age aren’t ready to give their life to God because they want to do things their way first and want to pursue their dreams. (Ecclesiastes 11:9- Young man, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it! Do all you want to take in everything, but realize that you must account to God for everything you do.) We can do anything we want but on Judgment Day we’ll be held accountable for everything we did. When you get before God are you going to tell Him that you didn’t live for Him because you were following your heart and doing your own thing? The saying “the heart wants what it wants” is true. Our heart is just like our flesh, it wants to do whatever it wants. I️ remember when I️ was in the valley of decision, debating with myself about if I️ was going to give my life to God or not. My spirit wanted to, it was so tired of all the things that I️ was going through because I️ wasn’t in the will of God. My flesh didn’t care though, all I️ kept thinking about was the stuff I️ had to give up if I️ gave my life to Christ. My spirit and my flesh were in a battle and thankfully I️ made the right decision. Just because you’re saved though doesn’t mean that your spirit and flesh won’t battle anymore. Your flesh will always want its way, sometimes it’s like you can literally hear your flesh talking saying “do it go ahead, you know you want to.” That’s why fasting is so important because when we fast we’re denying our flesh. For remember, when your body suffers, sin loses its power. (1 Peter 4:1)
(Galatians 5:17-For we naturally love to do evil things that are just the opposite from the things that the Holy Spirit tells us to do; and the good things we want to do when the Spirit has His way with us are just the opposite of our natural desires. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.) Being led by your heart is just as bad as being led by your flesh. (Galatians 5:19-23- But when you follow your own wrong inclinations, your lives will produce these evil results: impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, spiritism (that is, encouraging the activity of demons), hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group—and there will be wrong doctrine, envy, murder, drunkenness, wild parties, and all that sort of thing. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with Jewish laws.) As you mature in your walk you start to see that most of the stuff you want aren’t things you need and also that it goes against what God wants for you. Don’t follow your heart, follow the Holy Spirit.