DO NOT CONFORM A SERIES: FOLLOW YOUR HEART
Unfortunately, it’s so easy to grow complacent. Once plush cushion called comfort sets in and routine starts to become natural it’s easy to switch to auto pilot without realizing it’s happened. It’s also
I created this series to bring awareness of topics like Fear, Halloween, and Follow Your Heart along with others to come to show how inconsistencies can creep in and threaten your spiritual walk with the Lord. The truth is they go directly against God’s instruction.
Never allow life experiences to lead the way you understand the scriptures.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24
Focus the other way around.
The scriptures, being the inspired Word of God, should always change the way you view life experiences.
It is written in 2 Timothy that the scriptures can make you wise. That won’t happen if you ever get in the habit of changing what is there to fit you, rather than you fitting what is there.
And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy
Life’s a funny thing. It’s really easy to approach daily activities while sleepwalking. With endless mundane aspects, the routine can grow tiresome.
I totally get that.
Even with a husband who loves entertainment, being on the go along with 7 children; life is super eventful and still, certain things can become routine and boring.
The Lord says do not conform though.
Jesus warns His followers to watch and pray!
He actually got really firm with his disciples when he came to them three times and found them sleeping after he had asked them to keep watch and pray. Are we so much better at life than the ones who physically walked with him to believe Jesus isn’t serious about us watching and praying as well?
And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26
When Jesus walked the earth, He battled the Jewish people and their “ways”. These days there is stuff consistently entering pop culture and becoming doctrines with a guise of being biblical. This is false teaching and should be exposed, not used as an opportunity to join the crowd of popular belief.
The Lord gave the command in Romans; do not conform, for a reason.
It is incredibly dangerous!
He didn’t give it because he doesn’t want you to have fun. It’s important to learn the difference, surrender to the command to be separate. AND, most importantly, believe it’s because God has your best interest in mind.
Some of these things will be hard to walk away from. You could possibly lose friends or family support but following Jesus makes it worth it.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Time Hasn’t Changed Anything, Don’t follow Your Heart
Oh, this is one that makes me cringe every time I hear it or see it written. It is especially grieving; when I see followers of Jesus use this phrase.
Why? Afterall, it sounds pretty.
The simple reason it’s been done before and lead to tragedy. The staement follow your heart is the exact opposite of what God wants from His people and what ultimately lead the Israelites wandering through the wilderness for 40 years.
We’re 2000 years removed from Jesus’ walk on earth. In that time, lines have become blurred or outright erased. Definitions have changed. And follow your heart is considered biblical principle.
The short version; IT’S NOT!
First, God is generous with describing the human condition. Of course, he would be, He is the author and finisher of creation. The sad part is we brought Him to the point of grieving that he ever created us to begin with.
Why? It had to have been bad.
And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. Genesis 6
Unfortunately, this never changed. As long as there are humans alive the heart will continually default to wickedness. In Jeremiah, it is written that…
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17
Why, in our most wild imagination would a believer in Jesus want to follow something that is desperately wicked?
I assure you it’s not about religiousness, it’s about literally not doing the exact opposite of what God says. No matter how cool it sounds, if it’s in opposition to what the Lord has written it’s a no go.
What Should You do Instead of Follow Your Heart
B E MINDFUL OF WHATS WRITTEN
Romans says do not conform to the ways of the world but be transformed by the renewing of your MIND. Surrender to the will of the Lord. Be active and purposeful.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
Being in your bible and knowing what God is saying is so important, so that when, pop culture drums up a fun sounding quote that ends up on millions of t-shirts, memes, and plaques for the house you can stand and say
“That goes against the Lord’s word so I will not conform and participate in that”.
L EAD YOUR HEART
God desires you to lead your heart to the Lord, trust in Him and He shall direct your path. There is a vast difference in following his lead and following your heart.
One is Holy beyond comprehension completely uncompromised. The other is, on your best day, questionable!
The thing that you must take into consideration is the contradiction of the church. The pastor teaches you that you’re a sinner that has no power over sin, yet somehow follow your heart is the solution?
Ask the tough Questions and be a leader.
D ECIDE TO DECIDE
Here is where you choose to embrace truth, leaning not on your own understanding and walk in freedom.
The Bible is the standard. It’s also not a popular standard so you must decide to stand firm even when it goes against the grain. The world is wrong, God is right. The best thing you can do is agree with God first and be blessed by Him rather than loved by the world going against Him.
Or, keep insisting that the world has got it right by following your heart.
I wouldn’t suggest taking sides against the Lord. History shows that didn’t work well for those who already tried that route. Be wise. True freedom comes by obedience, obedience brings Grace.
Popular doesn’t equate to correct and acceptable. Especially according to God’s Word.
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