The Lie in Following Your Heart

Have you ever felt so lost, so torn with two or more choices?

You turn to a friend, a family member, on media, or a self-help book, or you came through an advice from motivational speakers and they advise you to “Follow your heart”. That simple. Just follow what you desire, what you think is good for you. I’m sure that at least once in your life (if not many), you have encountered this infamous phrase. The question is, are you confident that you know what you want? Do you really know what’s best for you?  Do you think you’ll be making the right choice by following your heart (whatever it is)?

If ever you are in this position where in you feel so confused, you are weighing your options and in no avail, you are in one of the most puzzling moments of your life and you are an inch closer to believing on following your heart, even if you’re not quite sure of what it is. Keep reading since you’ve heard the voices of these people, but have you heard what God says?

If anyone knows you completely, it is God. According to Psalm 139, God knows our heart, our thoughts and He surely knows all about us so it’s good news! If God knows us then He surely knows what’s best for us, He knows what’s truly in our heart and if what’s in our heart will be good for us. You may ask, God know us, but does He want what’s best for us? The answer is a Big YES because He love us and God showed it while we were still sinners, He died for us (Romans 5:8). And this gives us the confidence.

Since we have already established God’s deep and wide love for us, let’s look at God’s warning when it comes to our heart. According to Jeremiah 17:9, our heart is deceitful above all things. Why? Because naturally, our heart comes evil thoughts since we are so full of ourselves. It’s our human nature – we do what we think will give us temporal happiness (Matthew 15:19) with no regards of other people. If this is the case, do you still think that our hearts can be trusted?

Now, if we can’t follow our hearts, what should we follow? How do we make necessary decisions? Paul said in Ephesians 5:1 that we should follow God’s example. Jesus Christ lived His life as a human – not just experienced but He lived – so that the next time we were met with choices and decisions, we can overcome by asking “What would Jesus do”? Jesus’ life is an open book, you just need to read through His life since there’s no way to know if we won’t run to His Word.

Most often than not when we are faced with life’s difficult decisions, we tend to run fast to people we trust (which advises’ sometimes lead us to destruction and regrets) than calling to someone who we can trust completely and someone who knows us dearly – God. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and if you do, He will make your paths straight. He will light the path that you have to take, He will guide you on your journey, you just have to follow Him.”


Milca Julienne Jimenez is a TLW volunteer who’s also currently serving at her local church – One Body Christian Ministries – as a worship leader, youth, young people and young professionals leader, a Sunday school Teacher and just all around worker. She’s just a regular Christian girl who struggles but overcomes through God’s victory – a sinner saved by Grace. She’s very passionate on writing and reading. Her ultimate dream is to be a full time missionary.