So I’m reading the book of Jeremiah (Old Testament), and I’m noticing a trend:
“But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but followed the counsels and the dictates of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.”-Jeremiah 7:23-24
And the Lord said, “Because they have forsaken My law which I set before them, and have not obeyed My voice, nor walked according to it, but they have walked according to the dictates of their own hearts…”-Jeremiah 9:13-14
“For I earnestly exhorted your fathers in the day I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, until this day, rising early and exhorting, saying, ‘Obey My voice.’ Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but everyone followed the dictates of his evil heart…”-Jeremiah 11:7-8
“This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them…”-Jeremiah 13:10
“And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.”-Jeremiah 16:12
There’s more where that came from, but I think you get the point. Yet still, allow me to expand on this.
Whether you realize it or not, left on their own, our hearts can be quite evil in God’s sight. That word “dictates” in the original Hebrew actually means “stubbornness” or “hardness.” And it comes from the root word “Sharar” which means “to be an enemy.”
When we allow our hearts to be stubborn or hard regarding God’s will for us, we become His enemy, and trust me my friends, that is not what you want to be.
Is your heart surrendered to God?
If it’s not, I can tell you right now, you’ve either been hurt many times by following its desires, or you soon will be.
Rule of thumb: Don’t EVER follow your heart unless it is completely given over to God, meaning you’ve literally accepted the free gift of His Son and invited Him to come and live in your heart. It’s that simple. But once you do this, you have to keep growing in love with God.
“Natasha, how in the blazes do I grow in love with God?”
Get to know Him. Spend time with Him everyday; reading His Word, praying to Him. Regularly hang out with people who love Him and follow Him (not those who just say they do, but those who actually live out their love for Him by the way they do life. They’re out there, just pray He puts them in your path and then pursue those friendships).
Before Christ, my heart was pretty wicked. I didn’t realize how selfish I was. Always wanting to see my ex, always wanting to touch him and kiss him and do other things with him because of how he made me feel. Not wanting to do chores for my mom because I didn’t feel like it, never regarding how much she’d done for me my whole life; always wanting my way. The stuff that would come out of my mouth, every other word was a cuss word, threw God’s name around for every little thing. The list goes on and on.
But when I truly surrendered my heart to Jesus, when He wasn’t just my ticket to heaven, but also the Lord of my life, that’s when my heart just organically began to change. Till this day, four years later, He continues to change my heart! It’s incredible. Every good thing that now springs forth from my heart is only because Jesus dwells inside it. Every time something ugly jumps out of it, it’s because in that moment I chose to follow my selfish desires and ignored the new ones God has placed there.
What I’ve learned in my four years of walking with the Lord is that when I surrender my heart and all its desires to God, He gives me better ones, ones that are beneficial to me and others! And, desires that are pleasing, perfect, and acceptable–ones that God can and will grant me! Now who doesn’t want that?
If you haven’t been getting what you want, maybe that’s exactly why: it’s what you want, not what God wants for you. So, do a heart evaluation. Begin to really delve into God’s Word so you can see what His desires are and then compare them to what you desire, and to what you’ve been asking Him for. Then pray and ask God to change your heart, to come inside and give you His desires, and watch how much better life goes for you.
Love you prince and princesses. Know Your Worth.