Trusting Your Gut and NOT Your Heart, 01AUG – #1211

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

We are told time and time again to protect our hearts and not be subject to their folly. Don’t trust your heart, it’s too whimsical and easily distracted and trapped, carried away and smashed. Our hearts are fallible, our hearts race and drop. Our hearts can lead us astray. Jesus knew and knows this.

What about your gut? Your gut feeling tells you a lot, your gut may know more than your heart, listen internally and evaluate externally. Your gut knows how to sort things out – really – it has to decide upon the nutrients to absorb, the indigestible and intolerable to expel. It has to run at just the right pace. The gut has to live in harmony with other creatures who help digestion. The gut has to trash anything that will upset your system. Your gut is also taking a villi by villi approach to individual spaces and instances. If you don’t want you life (or gut) to be queasy then don’t fill it with stuff too cheesy. 

And how can the gut best discern all these things of note? We can put on our armor of God and fortify our scripture stockpiles.Let us use our brains and the Word of God to balance the tide. Let us ask questions: “does this activity/situation jive with Jesus’s Word and Will for me? Can I wait and listen? Should I put myself in the mix or step back and let the world handle this one? Can I make sure my heart is not hurt? 

Let us be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 

Let the Lord dictate our pulse.

Amen

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James 1:19-25
Let us be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

James 1:12-18

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

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(PS – after I had this in my head to put down in print, I had a marvelous bible teaching that taught me both that the Lord wanted to fortify this concept of trusting Him – AND that the Lord knows that we are going to be swayable by our hearts. The bible teaching spoke of the millenium and after 1000 years of wonderful living, with no strife, the devil would be loosed and deceive the nations and those on the earth again. therefore even a thousand years of harmony, one wrong note can tip our hearts and sour the symphony. therefore we must be aware that even and especially now, we are able to be led astray – therefore let us keep on with Jesus – let us not dig up harm – let us be paying attention to the righteousness of God – let Him lead the way. double Amen.)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

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