Listen to Your Heart? …or the Holy Spirit?

12 03 2022

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Sorry to all you Hallmark movie fans, but “listening to your heart” is a bad idea. There is a much safer option. Try learning to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. I confess that a good romantic comedy is refreshing, but it is not the place to get life counsel. The Hallmark “mantra” is inevitably: “Listen to your heart.” But the Bible reveals a shocking truth about the heart, that should make you stop and think.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?  ​​I, Yehovah, search the heart, ​​I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Jesus, our Messiah, was very clear instructing us to heed the Holy Spirit.

“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:25-27

“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. John 16:12-14

The good news is that Jesus can change our heart! Thanks to my friend, Nolan Owens, for this reminder:

“Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.”  Psalm 51:9-10

Do you believe the Holy Spirit speaks to you? Jesus said He does. Do you know that God speaks to us all the time? That is the precise mission of the Holy Spirt. My best example is to think about the fact that the airwaves are full of voices and vides being broadcast continuously all around us. But, you never hear or see them without a receiver like a TV, or cellphone, or computer that captures the signal and converts it to voice and video. You have to tune in, to the frequency to receive you chosen program.

Among the millions of signals transmitted is one specific voice of the Holy Spirit. It is never that God is not speaking, but that we are not tuning in, to His frequency. In fact, we are so overwhelmed with the many voices that we don’t even recognize His voice.

I encourage you to devote yourself to learning to hear His voice. It is not rocket science. It is a simple choice to make that you top priority. What could be more important than hearing what God says about any decision we make?

Be stilland know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Yehovah of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Psalm 46:10-11

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem and pray for rain in Israel.

Les Lawrence, a voice of Christian Zionists              (Read more)

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