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Follow My Heart?

Follow my Heart?  Well, as any deep thinker knows, it’s impossible for me to follow my heart unless I know who I am.  Let’s start there.

So, who am I?  This question was bandied about by a number of people I came in contact with in the ‘60s and early ‘70s.  Apparently, there is someone buried deep within me who is my true or authentic self and I must devote very serious consideration in finding out just who that is, otherwise, I’ll never be able to discover and navigate my way through real life.

“Who am I?” is a question still being pondered.  From an article I’m not going to cite, I discovered that this absolutely required process of self-discovery is a process fraught with impediments.  You see, our minds will make up stuff all on their own, and even the very desire for self-discovery can interfere with the self-discovery process.  And, if that isn’t enough, who we are is so complex that the mind can’t conceive it.

So, are we doomed to founder on the rocks of life?  Thankfully, no, we’re not.  All we have to do is switch off our minds and experience the state of no mind to perceive reality as it really is . . . that’s the only way to know for sure . . . and then, to thine own self be true.

Well, now that that’s cleared up and we now know who we are . . . it’s merely a matter of following our hearts to experience the sublime satisfaction of living life to its fullest.

Ummmm. Right!?!

In spite of the obvious difficulties in knowing “who we are”, movies, novels, slogans, blogs, and memes continue to call for us to “follow your heart”. Related pieces of advice are “trust yourself,” “follow your instincts,” and “your heart will never lead you astray.”

The problem here is that not a bit of this advice is supported from God’s Word.

Rather than trust our hearts, we are to commit our hearts to God: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5–6). This passage gives an explicit command not to trust ourselves. And it gives the promise of guidance to those who choose to follow the Lord.

For anything to provide proper direction it must be based on objective truth. That is to say that whatever is consulted for guidance must reach a conclusion based on objective truth and not subjective, emotional inference.

The Bible teaches that man is to follow God. God declares, “Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him” (Jeremiah 17:7). God has perfect knowledge of everything (1 John 3:20), a trait often called omniscience. God’s knowledge is not limited in any way. God is aware of all events that have ever transpired, are currently occurring, and will ever happen (Isaiah 46:9–10). God’s knowledge goes beyond mere events and extends to thoughts and intentions (John 2:25; Acts 1:24).

It is not all this knowledge, however, that makes God a perfectly reliable source of guidance. God is also aware of every possibility, every eventuality, every imaginable outcome of any series of events (Matthew 11:21). That ability, combined with God’s goodness, enables God to give the best possible direction for people to follow.

God says this about the unregenerate heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). This passage makes clear two reasons why no one should bind himself to following his heart when making decisions. First, there is nothing more deceitful in all of creation than the heart of man because of his inherited sin nature. If we follow our heart, we follow an untrustworthy guide.

We are, in fact, blinded to our own heart’s deceitful nature. As the prophet asks, “Who can understand it?” When we rely on ourselves for wisdom, we end up unable to tell right from wrong. The hit song of 1977, “You Light Up My Life,” contains these unfortunate words: “It can’t be wrong / When it feels so right.” Determining right from wrong based on “feelings” is a dangerous (and unbiblical) way to live.

Second, Jeremiah 17:9 teaches that the heart is desperately sick. There is no way to fix the heart. Rather, man needs a new heart. That is why, when a person comes to faith in Christ, he is made a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus does not fix the heart; instead, He replaces it with a new one.

But that does not mean that we can rely on our hearts after we come to faith in Christ. Even as believers, we are encouraged to follow God’s will over our own desires. The Bible teaches that “the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:17).

We have an omniscient, benevolent Lord who promises to give us wisdom (James 1:5); we have His inspired, inerrant Word written down for us (2 Timothy 3:16). Why would we turn our backs on God and His eternal promises in order to pursue the whimsical impulses of the heart?

*https://www.gotquestions.org/follow-your-heart.html

On this day and every day –

God is in Control
. . . and His Grace is Sufficient, so . . .
Keep Looking Up


Hopefully, every Sunday, we can find something here that will build us up a little . . . give us a smile . . . and add some joy or peace, very much needed in all our lives.

“This day is holy to the Lord your God;
do not mourn nor weep.” . . .
“Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet,
and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared;
for this day is holy to our Lord.
Do not sorrow,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

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Rosa

Wow, check this out. Useful info for friends and family with post shot problems.

https://worldcouncilforhealth.org/resources/a-practical-approach-to-keeping-healthy-after-your-covid-19-jab/
Listing common vax side effects and possible treatments

8 Subtypes: heart, blood, vascular, neurological, immune, reproductive, cancer. congenital (genetic)

New disease: pCoIS aka  Post Covid-19 Injection Syndrome
Emerging data show that pCoIS is similar to Long Covid or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and manifests as a combination of the following symptoms:

muscle and joint pain
gastrointestinal upset
weakness
numbness and tingling in the extremities
intense fatigue
poor sleep
brain fog
 

Wolf Moon

Jab head! It’s a lot like mask head!

Wolf Moon

The problem here is that not a bit of this advice is supported from God’s Word.

AMEN! I tell you, Carl – the Soviet Psychobabble of the mid-20th century now looks SO totally bogus. “The Bible is so old fashioned! It doesn’t talk about ANY of this stuff!”

Yeah, and NOW we know WHY.

kalbokalbs

^^^ Great news. ^^^

Be nice to read FG&C insights… Someone QTree or his other half is a stewardess. Would be nice to read his thoughts also.

Hoping the blue flue is in the wild…crippling businesses with OVER 100 employees pushing mandated injections.

Hope it affects the other airlines, mass transit buses / trains, the trades (electricians, plumbers, HVAC…), Wally World, Target, HD, Lowe’s, INVESTMENT firms, banks…

Wolf Moon

Yup. It’s time for the VAXZIS to suffer.

kalbokalbs

🙂

If there is anything I can to to help it along… 😉

Tonawanda

Just throwing this out there.

The Buffalo/KC game has been delayed because of the threat of lightening.

On Buffalo radio, the announcers are trying with no luck to find any actual lightening.

But maybe they are just wrong. Maybe.

And I wonder, would the lightening present an actual threat anyway? How much of a threat?

I am so skeptical these days, I distrust all “emergencies.”

kalbokalbs

Who knows. But I do agree. Damn near anything in the news needs to be verified.

Google says the game is in Kansas City, MO. I’m guessing it is correct. I ignore football these days. But I don’t ignore your posts. 🙂

Weather dot com has 100% thunderstorms forecast 10PM for Kansas City, MO at 10PM local. ~6 minutes from now.

IIRC, NOAA has a live weather radar folks can tap into. Usually indicates pretty accurate stuff. Normally lags eight or ten minutes from reality. History – what the weather was. Also easy to figure weather track.

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Tonawanda

But delay the game?

The advisory to the fans at the KC stadium sounded chilling to me.

“For your own safety go to the concourse.”

Interestingly, about 25% of the fans stayed in their seats. I would have been one of them.

My guess, and it is just a guess, is that the chance of getting hit by lightening in KC stadium now is about the chance of getting hit by lightening.

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Deplorable Patriot

Major League Baseball has cancelled games here for squall lines ever since the Good Friday tornado in 2011. I was at that game, and we ended up in the stairwells since the current Busch Stadium was built to tornado shelter levels. There was a funnel cloud forming over the field.

Wolf Moon

There is a LOT of “lying for a good cause” going on today, because the GOVERNMENT encourages it.

Tonawanda

The weak minded are intensely influenced by the evil minded.

Wolf Moon

YUP!!!

Deplorable Patriot

Due to the metal spikes lighting is a danger. Games have been called for that before. I remember one in Chicago, except they were having a lighting show at the time.

IF the game was in KC, there’s a HUGE low pressure system out here swirling away with potential for severe storms. So far, there haven’t been any, though. The radar is showing downpours.

gil00

Our attempts at legal or polutical correction of these severe injustices arent doing enough fast enough.

⚡️THOR⚡️ the Deplorable 🇺🇸 (@ThorDeplorable) Tweeted:
88 Years Old Breaking into Tears Saying:

“I Had More Freedom Living in Communism Than I Have Now Living In 🇨🇦 Canada” https://t.co/STuZQjLH0f

gil00

Jim Hanson (@JimHansonDC) Tweeted:
#GoingGalt
First Southwest & FAA
Now Amtrak & I hear American Air coming up

Let the statists run their own country
Oh that’s right
They can’t

https://t.co/4PaXOHxVMB

TheseTruths

I wonder what that “alternate transportation” will be.

gil00

Patriot uber?

mollypitcher5

By the time Newscum gets through gutting Ca…people will be using Fred Flintstone cars.
Heard today…no more generators, leaf blowers and electric mowers

kalbokalbs

SC looks better and better, EVERY DAY. 🙂

gil00

All lawn equipment including riding mowers and golf carts. Everything has to be plug in or battery. Bill sponsored by the rep for menlo park/palo alto. Another dimm nut. So no sales in CA just like computers that “use too much power.”
I do not know how anyone can work for or near these people.
Knee cap them in the service industry. Do not give them your business. Refuse.

wheatietoo

Thank you, Carl, for another inspirational Sanctuary Sunday thread.
 🙏  😊 

I hope you’re doing okay and feeling better!