Hey everyone, Pastor Carey here.
I just want to share with you a few words of inspiration to make your day and to help you along the way. Something that will unlock your true potential, and help you become all you are meant to be, more than you ever dreamed of being!
And amazingly, all of that is already on the inside. All you need to do is follow your heart. Your heart already knows what you want. It knows the way. So go with your gut, go with your intuition. If you feel something is right, go with that feeling. All the answers you’re looking for. Everything you need is already on the inside of you.
All you need to do is follow your heart.
…alright, wait. Who comes up with all this stuff??
A Deceptive Doctrine
We hear that message everywhere–in TV, music, books, movies, and self help resources. From the time we’re young, we’re conditioned to embrace this “Disney theology,” this “Hallmark worldview” that says, “follow your heart.”
It sounds so good, so inspiring and affirming. It even sounds a bit spiritual, maybe, to some degree, biblical. The only problem is, you won’t find anything remotely close to that God’s Word. Jesus certainly never tells us to follow our heart–and for good reason! Jeremiah 17:9 says that the heart is the most deceitful of all things and desperately wicked.
Does that sound like something that has all the answers or will lead us to our destiny?
The Bible says quite the opposite. It tells us that our heart will fool us, fail us, and will lead us astray. We can’t trust anything our heart tells us or where it leads us. That’s a serious heart problem, and the Bible says that the heart is without cure. God doesn’t want to just heal your heart and try to fix what’s already there. He wants to do a complete heart transplant, replacing yours with his. As followers of Christ, the only heart we should be following is God’s.
Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Notice it doesn’t say that He’ll give you whatever your heart desires. Instead, when you surrender control your life to the One who created it, and He becomes your greatest passion, He’ll literally give you new desires. He’ll then fulfill those desires (the ones He gave you) when you take delight in him.
The bottom line is this: when you have God’s heart, He’ll give you the desires of your heart. That doesn’t mean God hasn’t already put certain desires in you or created you with certain gifts or inclinations. But only when those things are surrendered to Him and devoted to His purposes will you become everything God created you to be.
So get into God’s word, listen to Him in prayer and put into practice whatever He shows you. That’s how you learn to develop God’s heart, discern His voice and do what He created you to do. Then you’ll have a heart that you can follow.
Watch Pastor Carey’s full sermon on “Follow Your Heart” here
You can also watch the whole “Things Jesus Never Said” sermon series right here!
This post has been adapted from the #messageinaminute video, “Follow Your Heart,” with Pastor Carey Huffman. The script has been edited for a written format.