Because the heart is the center of our motivations it’s really important for us to listen to our heart – especially in times of stress, hurt or big decisions. It may be that we have heart motivations that need to be challenged or it may be that God is well pleased with our heart.
Our heart gets messages from the world/our flesh and from the Spirit of God.
Of the over 750 verses in the Bible related to the heart, at least 19 of them are about being aware of and listening to what our heart is saying to us…for example:
Matthew 24:48-49 says:
“But if that evil slave says in his heart, ‘My master is not coming for a long time,’ and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards…” (NASB)
1 Samuel 27:1 says:
And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines. (KJV)
Below is a chart that gives some examples of the messages our heart can receive and questions we can ask when we sense our heart motivation is not right.
God please teach me to pause, to relax and have an awareness of the voices speaking to my heart. Help me to let go of my own flesh and the world’s desires and motivations and be still so I can hear from You….so my heart motivations and desires can be of You alone. In Jesus name, Amen
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