There’s many a song or saying today that says, “follow your heart” and/or “let your heart be your guide”. In fact, one of THE MOST POPULAR American pop songs of all time is called “Listen to Your Heart”. But again, if you counted ALL the American songs that sung about “following one’s heart” or that talked about “the heart”, there’d be FAR TOO MANY TO NAME! People also talk about “following their heart” and doing what’s right “in their heart”. And it pretty much goes without saying that what’s right in person A’s heart isn’t always what’s right in person B’s heart & so on and & so forth.

However, the bible has a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT thing to say about “the heart”:

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

– Jeremiah 17:9

But exactly what does the bible mean by this? Let us examine a few more bible passages about the heart to get a much clearer picture, here:

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” – Luke 12:34

In other words, lets say a person has an “obsessive” collection of records, cars, international coins, etc. Or that they’re CONSTANTLY obsessing over food, money, movies/TV shows, etc. Jesus considers that “idolatry”. Because, in a sense, a person is putting their “treasure” (read: their “hope”, “TRUST”, and “livelihood”) in material/fleshly things.

Matthew 6:20-23 states: “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!” 

Here, we get a slight variation from the Luke 12:34 passage but goes into MUCH greater detail, with the same message. Here, Jesus is speaking DIRECTLY during His Sermon on the Mount/Oliviet Discourse (New Testament, Matthew, Chapters 5 to 7).

And IN the Matthew 6:20-23 passage, Jesus is saying that it does NO GOOD to put our “hope” and “trust” (and consequently, HEARTS) into/towards fleshly/material things since those things will cause a person to SPIRITUALLY STUMBLE! Not to mention that Jesus ALSO mentions in the Parable of the Good Servant in Matthew 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath“. 

In other words, IF your “treasure” (read: your heart) is set ON fleshly/material things, your heart is FULL of darkness SINCE the LOVE OF fleshly/material things is nothing BUT SPIRITUAL DARKNESS! And so therefore, if that’s pretty much ALL your heart “desires” and “lusts after”, instead of chasing after Jesus/”righteousness”, then HOW GREAT IS THAT DARKNESS, in other words!

Plus Jesus is also saying that those that perpetually AND UNREPENTANTLY “lust” after nothing BUT darkness (fleshly/material things) in their hearts WILL someday RECEIVE the AWARD OF DARKNESS (Eternal separation from God in the LAKE OF FIRE!) Because even what LITTLE righteousness that person has WILL be someday eternally stripped from them! (Wow folks, that’s quite a sobering thought right there!)

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from meBut in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” – Matthew 15:8-9

THIS particular passage kind’ve makes me think of Christmas & Easter. During BOTH of these days, Christians THINK they’re “honoring the name of Jesus”. Yet, SADLY, BOTH of those holidays are fake/Catholic/Paganized/man-made holidays that are based on ancient, Pagan sex festivals! In other words, those two holidays actually serve to MOCK JESUS by “forcing him to share the day with painted Easter eggs, bunny rabbits, fictional elves, fictional flying reindeer and fictional Santa Claus”. Wow!

“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” – Matthew 15:19

In other words, sin starts **IN THE HEART!** Married people having affairs claim they are just “following their heart“. Sexually-perverted sodomites say they shouldn’t be judged “for what’s in their heart“. Genesis 6:5 in the Old Testament states: “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“.

[In fact, I’ll even take it a step furtherThe Satanic Bible itself (I’m told), in verse 4:3 says, “Say unto thine own heart, I am my own redeemer”. THAT’S VERY CHILLING, FOLKS!!!!!! But again, should we really be all that surprised? Satan WANTS us to worship our own HEARTS, and to FOLLOW OUR HEARTS, instead of FOLLOWING JESUS/THE BIBLE!]

Okay, now lets go back to the “Listen To Your Heart” song and examine it in much broader detail (from a spiritual standpoint):

Here’s some of the lyrics to the song:

I know there’s something in the wake of your smile.
I get a notion from the look in your eyes, yea.
You’ve built a love but that love falls apart.
Your little piece of heaven turns too dark. (Not sure if she’s singing “too” dark or “TO” dark…….Nevertheless, this sounds like something referencing Satan up in heaven, during the time of the fall.)

Listen to your heart when he’s calling for you. (Who’s calling? SATAN?)
Listen to your heart…there’s nothing else you can do. (Nothing else you can do? REALLY?)

I don’t know where you’re going and I don’t know why,
But listen to your heart before you tell him goodbye. (Hear Satan’s propositions before permanently turning him away?)
Sometimes you wonder if this fight is worthwhile.
The precious moments are all lost in the tide, yea.
They’re swept away and nothing is what it seems,
The feeling of belonging TO your dreams. (This verse says it all. Belonging TO your dreams. Some people sell their souls to Satan in order to “fulfill” their dreams of being famous. So is this verse PROOF of that, folks? Think about it!)

And there are VOICES that want to be heard. (VOICES? As in….DEMONIC SPIRITS? Just what VOICES are we talking about here, folks?)
So much to mention but you can’t find the words.
The sense of magic, the beauty that’s been. (This seems like a clear reference to Satan, here! “The beautiful angel that once was” sort’ve thing…..Plus the word MAGIC really gets me, here……the word MAGIC is never a good thing in the bible, correct?)
When love was wilder than the wind. (Love, according to the bible, is NOT supposed to be “wild” and “unrestrained!)

Okay, so just from looking at the LYRICS, we know that the song has some possible “dark connotations”. That right there ALONE, should make us take pause! This should also encourage us to start critically examining the lyrics to ALL SONGS that we listen to!

But going back to my main point. The BIBLE says the “heart” is EVIL and DESPERATELY WICKED! But the WORLD/POP CULTURE says that the “heart” should be a person’s GUIDE, a person’s EVERYTHING! The WORLD says that a person’s HEART should be “above all else” while the BIBLE says that the heart should be HUMBLED before all else! See, folks? Notice the DIFFERENCE, there?

What’s interesting to note is that in the Old Testament, The Lord God called David “a man after his (God’s) own heart”. In a nutshell, that basically means that the Lord’s PAIN and GRIEVANCES became DAVID’S pain & grievances……In other words, the Lord’s PAIN became ONE with David’s pain, just like the Lord’s joy became one with David’s joy.

In other words, David seemed to be very in-tune with the Lord’s very thoughts & emotions. He even wrote MANY, MANY glorifying Psalms TO and about the Lord. (I myself have only written THREE!) He was considered VERY CLOSE with the Lord and always wanted to do what was pleasing to the Lord.

Yes, David had a couple of sinful shortcomings (but again, don’t we ALL? Romans 3:23 states, “For all have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God”). But once David realized the weight of his sin with Bathsheba (& that of having Uriah killed in battle) through the prophet Nathan, he repented of it IMMEDIATELY! He didn’t hesitate on the repenting part. 

Scholars can’t seem to agree if David wrote the Psalms before or after becoming King. But if I had to take a best spiritual guess, I’d say he likely wrote them before becoming King or shortly thereafter. Because as the Old Testament wears on, and the longer & longer David is King, (if you read between the lines), it kind’ve seemed like his heart kind’ve strayed a LITTLE bit from the Lord (read: when he took the census of his people, when TAKING a “census” was strictly forbidden by the Lord, etc.)

But then again, couldn’t that happen to just about anyone in his position? That sort of thing (being given a SUPER HIGH position in the name of the Lord) likely WOULD go to a person’s head after awhile, (atleast a TINY bit), am I right? So we must all remember that before “casting stones” at King David for his “great sins”. And that even goes for ALL of bible characters as well. Jesus was exactly right when he said in John 8:7bHe that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her (i.e. the woman caught in adultery). 

We’re SO quick to judge biblical characters as well as each other. But we must FIRST remember: We did NOT live back during the times of the bible. Therefore, we have NO IDEA what all those biblical characters went through (BEHIND THE SCENES). Just like we ALSO have NO IDEA what the people around us today are going through (BEHIND THE SCENES).

So now and only now do I have a much clearer understanding of what Jesus meant when he said in Matthew 7:1-3Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?”

However, there’s a fine difference between not judging someone and calling out sin/warning someone about sin. Cause truth be told, the “tolerance” movement has gotten us absolutely NOWHERE! In fact, the “tolerance movement” now has American JUSTIFYING sin (think “gay marriage” and “abortion”, for instance). Why do we TOLERATE such spiritual filth in our nation? Answer: Because we (as a society) didn’t want to seem “judgmental” at all. 

So what then, is the difference between the two? Let me give an illustrated example of EACH (both non-judgmental and judgmental, alike):

NON-JUDGMENTAL: “I know that the word homosexual isn’t directly in the bible. However, back then, the biblical word for homosexual was sodomite. Why? Because since two women or two men can’t naturally have sex, they have to have UN-NATURAL sex, which is WHY it’s called sodomy. And there’s over 27+ passages that CONDEMN SODOMY in the Old AND New Testament. I tell you the truth because I love you and don’t want you to be eternally condemned by Jesus, someday. Jesus Christ can set you FREE from a life of sin and sodomy. Romans 3:23 says that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, nobody’s perfect, not only me. Truth is, EVERYONE needs a Savior, including ME. Furthermore, Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to Salvation and the ONLY way to Eternal Life”

JUDGMENTAL: “Atleast I’m not as sinful as those ungodly sodomites, that stick it in every which place. Atleast I don’t get drunk in the gay clubs every weekend. Atleast I’m not sodomizing my body in any type of un-natural way. Hahaha, those sodomites are gonna burn in hell/the lake of fire when they die. WHO CARES if unrepentant sodomites are gonna burn in hell/the lake of fire, someday? It’s not MY fault they choose to live that way! hahaha, I’m saved in the name of Jesus, atleast **I** won’t be thrown into hell/the lake of fire someday – it’s all good, who in their RIGHT MIND would choose to live the homosexual lifestyle and/or abort their own child, KNOWING that it’s gonna lead them to hell/the lake of fire someday if they don’t repent – that’s just plain idiocy, etc.”

Do you notice the difference there, folks? One way provides firm, yet gentle biblical truth (AND hope & encouragement) while the other way CONDEMNS and JUDGES without cause. Believe me, there IS a way to warn people about their sin without “judging” them for it, for ONLY Jesus Christ is the judge; The ETERNAL JUDGE! And he’s NOT an eternal judge that someone wants to fall into the hands of, someday (TRUST ME ON THIS, FOLKS!!!!!!!!!!!!)

But in closing, I just want to say this: GUARD YOUR HEARTS! For like the bible says, the heart is DESPERATELY WICKED. 

However, if we HUMBLE OUR HEARTS (like the bible says), we can make our hearts more “in-tune” with JESUS’S HEART (and will, for that matter).

I hope this post has given you all something to think about and seriously mull over. WHERE IS YOUR HEART TODAY, FOLKS? 

What’s the VERY first thing you think of the morning, and the very LAST thing you think about before you close your eyes for the night and go to sleep? What’s the most PERVASIVE thought of yours DURING the day? What do you think about and wish for THE MOST?

If it’s not Jesus Christ HIMSELF and that of righteousness, then your HEART is NOT RIGHT WITH THE LORD! (And IF that be the case, you need to QUICKLY REPENT and do what King David did in the bible – pray for Jesus to give you a RENEWED HEART AND A RENEWED MIND). David, like Solomon, was very wise and KNEW that only JESUS could change him (for the better!) 

I pray that this post has both informed & enlightened you. And…..“May Jesus Christ give us ALL a renewed heart, a renewed mind and a renewed spirit; A renewal and spiritual revival that can ONLY happen by JESUS and JESUS, ALONE! Amen”.

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