About ELINAM

A twenty-something year old, definitely God’s work in progress, seeking to share Jesus with you through my personal experiences and in the most simplest way. Think about this for a moment; Before time was birthed, God was thinking of you. Hence becoming who God wanted you to be is your best offense and defense against the enemy's strategy and guess what? As our God Almighty fights on our behalf, we flourish. I hope coming into contact with this blog will impact your life positively and urge you on to know more about Jesus Christ and His wonderful works. Hope of a Life Spent With You Purity Is Possible Stay blessed!

When it’s Hard to Hope…

Sometimes it’s hard to hope for a miracle — it’s hard to believe in what God says when your reality seems so starkly dark, blurred, completely different. By nature, God is a promiser. He’s made a ton of them to His children.

A promise is the assurance that God gives to His people so they can walk by faith(hope) while they wait for Him to work. 

The Christian life would be easy now if the space in time is small between when you claim God’s promises and when you receive what He promised. Read it one day and get it the next. Wouldn’t that be great!? 

But life’s not like that.

The hard part is in the waiting between the promise and the answer; and even harder, when the waiting comes with uncertainties. 

Where’s this going? Where am I going to end up? What’s my future look like?

The reality is, we just don’t know and it’s this not-knowing that crushes us. We doubt because we don’t know. We worry and despair because we don’t know. We falter and sometimes fail – all because we don’t know. If only we knew how this trial was going to play out, we would be OK. But we don’t.

I can take a bad day. I can take a bad month. I can even take a bad year, if I have to, as long as I know how it will end up. For some of you it’s a health crisis. For another, it’s a question about your big moment. For someone else, it’s a restlessness in your soul. We all have areas of uncertainty where we need to hold on to what God has said. His promises are what we cling to while we wait for Him to work. Our Hope is in God. He knows what He has promised, He can’t lie, and He can’t forget. He will deliver on time, all the time.

Who else can make promises like that?

We see reflections of this same struggle in the Bible: Abraham and Sarah waiting for a son, Joseph waiting in prison, Moses waiting to reach the Promise Land, David waiting to be appointed king … or Jesus waiting for His ministry to begin.

How did they endure years of waiting?

11 It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed[b] that God would keep his promise (Hebrews 11:11) NLT

Another version says “She considered him faithful who had made the promise.” – (Hebrews 11:11) NIV

No matter the situation you find yourself in, you must choose to focus on the good, be hopeful. Focus on what is going right in your life. The devil often uses everything that is going wrong in our lives to make it seem like God is not working. But God is always at work in the lives of His Children. 

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalms 121:4)  

We serve a God that does not sleep. He does not miss a thing. Even while you are sleeping or waiting for your miracle and your enemies are awake doing mischief. God is up working the night shift on your behalf. He is fighting on your behalf. Despite what you may be facing today, examine the hand of God in your life. Don’t get me wrong, not everything in my life is going well but I am determined to Hold on to Hope.

Sometimes it helps to reflect on where God has brought you from. You’ve come along way; You’re still alive. You were sick he healed you. You were jobless but you have a good job now. It helps to count your blessings. Don’t allow other people’s progress in life to cause what God is doing for you to go unnoticed. We’re all different and move at a different pace. Be patient with yourself and stop being so hard on yourself. You are doing great, and God is greater than your struggle!

“Hold on to Hope of His faithfulness”

Stay Blessed, Always!

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Can The Lord Just Hurry?

Impatience becomes our default trait when the promises of God seem to be sitting on a shelf without any sign of them getting fulfilled — at least the expected time on our calendar has already been crossed out! 

 I looked up again, but the scene before me hadn’t changed at all. Still behind this particular tractor. The traffic was obviously not moving and boy I was growing impatient. I desperately needed to get to this wedding and to make matters worse, I was one of the bridesmaids. Sigh.

Those of us who’ve lived in villages (rural areas) before know tractors on the road are a fact of life. However, just being “the norm” doesn’t make them any less irritating if you’re in a hurry. Some years back I remember I had to accompany my dad to one of His emergency cabinet meetings in the village, He was in a rush as our car followed a tractor down a narrow two-lane road. Once my dad’s patience was stretched to its limit, He completely lost it and started yelling, “Masa Hurry! Hurry! If you are not in a hurry move!” Amazingly, my dad’s impatience didn’t speed up the procession at all.

How many times have I approached God’s timing the same way? God rarely operates at a pace that pleases me, and I want Him to hurry, hurry, hurry! I’ve prayed impatient prayers for a job, for marriage, for ministry and even a greater understanding of His Word.

Just this week, I found myself reminding God that the year is ending and I’m fast approaching another significant birthday… as if He’d forgotten. There’s a dream in my heart that feels like it has an expiration date, so I was pleading with God to fulfill it quickly, before my bones are too creaky to do what I know He’s called me to do.

There was a woman in the Bible who also felt past her prime and had trouble with God’s timing. Sarah, Abraham’s wife, felt impatient just like I feel impatient. After waiting 10 years for the baby God had promised her (Genesis 12-21), Sarah decided to help God hurry. Surely 10 years was too long for anybody to wait, she likely reasoned.

So Sarah gave her maidservant Hagar to her husband, and the two of them had a child. Even our modern-day television dramas don’t hold a candle to what ensued! It turned out “helping” didn’t help, and the promise still wasn’t fulfilled.

Fourteen years later, Sarah and Abraham had a visitor who reminded them of God’s promise, causing Sarah to laugh out loud and say, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” (Genesis 18:12)

Do you hear your disbelief and questions about God’s timing echoed in Sarah’s? Well, I hear mine. Now, Lord? I thought this would happen years ago. Aren’t You just a little late?

God answered Sarah’s question in a way that answers ours, too. “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son” (Genesis 18:14).

Less than a year later, Isaac, the child whom God had promised 25 years before, was born. God was not late. His timing was perfect. It was Sarah who had been in a hurry, but God called Isaac’s birthday the appointed time.”

According to the dictionary, “appointed” means “predetermined; arranged; set.” Isaac’s birth came at the exact time God had planned all along!

God may seem like a tractor in the road, slowing down our dreams, but He knows the entirety of our story from beginning to end. He also knows how our story weaves into the lives of others. We may be tapping our watches, but He is never late. He may seem slow, but He’s always right on time. He is never on the blindside of our challenges and storms – nothing takes Him by surprise. God Himself holds the appointed time in His hands.

Has God made a promise to you that seems delayed? Has He planted a dream in your heart that has not yet come to pass? You can see I’ve struggled with impatience too, but let’s stand together in confident hope! God is faithful, and we can rely on His perfect timing.

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)

Dear God,

Sometimes I don’t understand Your timing. It’s hard to wait, but I trust You. I want to rely on Your ways, Your thoughts and Your perfect timing. Help me learn what I need to learn as I wait, and help me resist rushing Your plan. May I wax stronger in you as I wait In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay Blessed, Always!

“ARE YOU FOR ME OR AGAINST ME?”

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We’ve all been there at one point or another — standing in the formidable shadow of difficult situations that refuse to budge, while fear whispers in our ear about the inevitability of our defeat. One of the many reasons I’m so thankful for God’s Word. Because tucked into its pages, we find story after story of people who can help us learn in the midst of our battles. People who show us what it means — to look to and solely depend upon the Lord.

“Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, ‘Are you for us or for our enemies?’” Joshua 5:13 (NIV)

Take Joshua, for example. If ever someone might feel overwhelmed at a situation totally out of their control, his experience facing Jericho was it.

Not only did the wall surrounding Jericho look invincible, but there was also the issue of Israel’s army lacking proper weapons for tackling such an impressively guarded city. You can’t exactly pull down walls with arrows and spears. That’s a job for battering rams and catapults — items noticeably missing from their arsenal.

But they had come too far to turn back. And the people of Israel were counting on Joshua to lead them into this land promised by God.

With all these facts and details weighing on him, Joshua is suddenly confronted by a man with a drawn sword. Scripture reveals this is no mere human. This is the commander of the Lord’s army — God’s presence in human form. And this is no everyday occurrence either. It is an incredible encounter.

Seeing the man is ready for battle, Joshua asks, Are you for us or for our enemies?(Joshua 5:13) Wrapped in this honest question I sense hesitancy in Joshua — a peek inside his thought life — doubt — and a need for reassurance. Such an honest question, but it makes me believe perhaps Joshua isn’t walking in complete confidence and assurance. If he were, he wouldn’t have asked. But he did.

This is where we assume that, of course, God’s presence will answer, “Joshua, I am with you, for you and on your side!” But that would be assuming wrongly.

When asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” the presence of God replies, “Neither, but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come” (Joshua 5:14a). Joshua falls face down in humility and reverence — asking what message the Lord has for him, His servant. (Joshua 5:14b)

I wonder what kind of message Joshua was expecting, even longing for. Perhaps one overflowing with war strategies or perhaps “Joshua you will definitely win this battle” . But instead of detailed plans, Joshua receives a call to worship. He’s told to remove his sandals, for the ground is holy. (Joshua 5:15)

It’s an invitation and a reminder for Joshua to worship the One who’s not only big enough to handle the impending battle, but also loving enough to address the doubt, fear and insecurity running through Joshua’s mind. And as Joshua slips off his sandals, I’m reminded of what I need in the face of my own seemingly insurmountable situations: I need to worry less and worship more…

When I’m desperate for God to give me all the details…

When I’m wishing He would give me the tiniest peek at His plans …

When I’m starting to wonder if He’s for me or against me…

I need to pause, lift my eyes to the One willing to meet me in the midst of my fears, and worship Him. Worshiping not only because it honors Him, but because it also changes me.

Honor the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.” (Psalm 29:2)

Worship might not be the first thing that comes to mind when we feel overwhelmed, but it truly is powerful. It reminds our trembling hearts and shaky knees that our God is mighty, our God is loving and our God is a more-than-able God. It both quiets us and strengthens us — perfectly preparing our hearts and minds for whatever battles lie ahead.

I don’t know what “walls” you’re facing in your life right now, friend. I don’t know how overwhelming and daunting they seem. But I do know the perfect battle plan for each and every one of us…

Worry less. Worship more.  Trust our God to lead us into victory.

Prayer

Father Lord, thank You for reminding me that the best way to prepare my heart and mind for battle is to simply and humbly worship You. So today, as I lay my fears down at Your feet, I lift my hands up to You in worship. You are worthy of my trust. You are worthy of my praise. Today and every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay Blessed Always!

Uncommon Cravings

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Every deep-waters kind of girl is always ready to dive right into feelings. So here I am wondering the spiritual condition of my heart  — something I usually love to do— honestly — I really don’t want to end up in Hell. Suddenly my tummy starts to signal — Hunger ( around 11:26pm). I went back to bed after the disappointment of not finding anything to eat, then I remembered — I have chocolate.

I love chocolate!  I am only using “love” for want of a better word to describe the kind of bond chocolate and I share, yes it is that deep (hey……….don’t….please don’t judge me). Just about taking my first bite — “feed off my word” HUH!? This is definitely not from the Holy Spirit I told myself. I might as well get down to business with this chocolate — resounding in my head again “feed off my word” Sigh… can I just enjoy this already? “feed off my word”  this time around the whisper was so audible I dropped the chocolate —  following the navigation of my eyes, I traced my bible to the right-side of my bed.

The Webster Dictionary defines “hunger” as feeling an uneasy or painful sensation from lack of food ( being so hungry that the lack of food causes anger or frustration feeling hunger). Spot on, right? Can you remember a time you were so hungry you yelled at someone you love, rolled your eyes at your parent or spouse, used harsh words to that errand guy/girl or thought mean things toward someone at work? Your need for sustenance can really turn your happy into anger.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)

We can become hungry on a spiritual level too. Our hearts will long for the kind of nourishment only God can provide, and we’ll struggle to navigate life’s ups and downs until our spiritual hunger is tamed. As we read in Matthew 5:6, Jesus reminds us, God will not only bless us for feeling hungry for Him, but He will also satisfy that need to the fullest. My personal experience put me to bed without remembering the hunger.

I once read that hankering for a taste of the Holy Spirit was better than feasting on our favorite foods. (Honestly, it’s hard to imagine anything yummier than cubes of cadbury chocolate with caramel in between…..please don’t judge me).

But over and over again, God reminds me He will satisfy and fill me up even more and even better than anything the world can offer. “For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.” (Psalm 107:9)

Even though physical food can satisfy our tummies, the only way to tame our souls is to feast on God’s Word.

You and I were created to hunger after God more than anything the world offers. It’s an uncommon choice — an ability God baked into the heart of every believer. But it’s an intentional decision we must choose daily. It literally means that when bad news comes, we get on our knees and pray. We take our pain and fear to Him first. We put God at the top of our to-do lists, not the bottom. It means we don’t treat Him like leftovers, something we reluctantly grab when nothing else satisfies.

Relying on anything other than God to feed our souls will keep us in an ordinary, basically a common relationship with Him. Instead of embracing His power, strength and wisdom, we settle for the world’s morsels. Unless we choose to feast on God’s promises, we’ll spiritually starve ourselves.

Having an uncommon hunger for God is something we have to cultivate. It’s something we can ask Him to give us. Let’s want God more than anyone or anything. And let’s live in such a way that others see the Father because of it. Yes, I am giving us all cheer-on to be that crazy Jesus-girl.

Because when we do, we’re choosing to be an uncommon woman — unique and authentic. And who knows the person sitting next to you might get their appetites stirred up, just from watching you feed off God’s word.  Mind you, the world needs our lives to shine God’s hope, now more than ever. I am so excited to inform you that I haven’t had chocolate in the last 5 months.

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me want You above anything else. It’s so easy to get “hungry” for the wrong things and look to the world to satisfy my needs or heal my heart. But in doing so, I’m forgetting that You are my provider. You are ready and willing and able to be my all. Help me choose You! I don’t want to live a common life; I want to thrive as an uncommon woman. Forget the world. I want You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

The Holy Spirit is ever ready to come in and fellowship with you, all you need to do is let Him in — He’s been knocking this entire time! (Read Revelation 3:20)

Stay Blessed!

Beyond The Face In The Mirror

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I looked in the mirror with concern and disappointment one last time before leaving home — one; because of breakouts and the other reason being my insecurity about how I looked and Oh without makeup. Today The Holy Spirit reminded me that “you are fearfully and wonderfully made” but a few minutes before that, I thought about where I would be seen in public over the next couple of days, and I must confess I considered staying at home —  breakouts ( for those close to me and are observant you might have noticed some tiny yellowish looking breakouts on my face). Typically I’d hide behind a pair of glasses to improve my appearance! (well that’s a story for another day).

Thankfully, I didn’t skip church ( this happened four months ago). Well our generation places great emphasis on looks, which isn’t anything new. When King Ahasuerus was looking for a new wife in ancient Persia, outward beauty was the first requirement. Before being considered by the king, a young woman aside being a virgin, completed “Beauty Camp” — a yearlong period of beauty treatments with oil, myrrh, perfumes and cosmetics. Young Esther’s outward beauty helped her gain the favor of the king, but I think Esther had a lot more going for her than smooth skin and sweetly scented hair.

Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Ahasuerus, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.” (Esther 2:12

The Bible says during the yearlong preparation, Esther gained favor from Hegai, the custodian of all the candidates for queen. Hegai gave Esther extra beauty preparations in comparison to the others, provided seven choice maidservants from the king’s palace and moved her to the nicest part of the house (Esther 2:9). I imagine all the women chosen for this royal harem were attractive. What then made Esther stand out?

We know she was respectful because she honored her cousin, Mordecai’s charge to keep her Jewish identity a secret. She shows her respect for authority and also reveals a humble spirit. After being treated lavishly during the year of preparation, it was finally her turn to appear before the king. Each young woman could bring whatever she desired to take with her from the women’s quarters to the king’s palace (Picture young women slaying in their makeup and outfits packing several bags of the finest silks, spices, cosmetics and jewelry.)

But Esther didn’t do that (modesty on display). When it was her turn, she requested nothing except what Hegai, her custodian, advised. She could have asked for anything she wanted in the Royal Harem. She didn’t insist on more makeup, jeweled necklaces or fancy fabrics. Instead, she respected Hegai’s authority and advice. As a result of this modest and humble attitude, which perhaps stood in contrast to the other candidates, Esther obtained favor in the sight of all who saw her, including the king.

Esther was not a likely choice for a queen — far from it! She was an orphan and a Jewish exile, being raised by her cousin Mordecai.

But she was exalted to an unusual authority in a kingdom which valued neither women nor Jews. She didn’t become prideful with her new power. She continued to be faithful to God and honor the advice of Mordecai. The spotlight and focus on her outward beauty did not change who she was inside, and eventually, she became the next queen.

Esther was a living example of the words of the Apostle Peter Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight” (1 Peter 3:3-4).

I am not saying you should go and sell your jewelry and hair accessories next week. This simply means we no longer think of outward appearances as our main source of beauty. I suppose there’s an upside to having breakouts or pimples and not wearing makeup. It’s been a visual reminder to me personally that lasting beauty is found in character, words and actions (beyond the face in the mirror) — not a makeup bag.

Prayer

Dear Lord, may I clothe myself with humility and gentleness today, like Esther did. You continually make beautiful things out of my life. Please keep bringing into remembrance of how fearfully and wonderfully made I am in Your image and help me get rid of the pressure to be someone that you did not create. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)

You have the favour of Esther! 

Stay blessed!

WAILER? TRY PREVAILING…

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…Life is not characterized by any challenges, no battles, it is totally amazing,  — I am sure this very moment you’re wondering “what could she possibly be taking about? Of course life is challenging and I am currently fighting some battles”. Well you’re right, I am not about to lie or create the impression that life is all rosy without battles. Challenges are inevitable in life,  fact established and mind you battles are a feature of a every believer’s life — meaning the very day you decided to accept Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you signed on for the battles as well — it’s a full package. 

I’d like to share some lessons I learnt from a book I read a couple of months ago authored by Rev. Eastwood Anaba titled “WAILERS And PREVAILERS”

Perhaps you and I have some thing in common — you’ve been hit left right and center by so many challenges or maybe you’re still fighting some of these battles ( from the chapter one of this book, Rev. Eastwood calls these challenges and battles “The Amalekites”). The bible refers to David as “a man after God’s own heart” but in this same bible has records of the battles and wars that King David had to fight — one of these challenges times, while David and his men were at war, The Amalekites invaded his camp at Ziklag, burned it with fire and took people and wealth away…(1 Samuel 30:1-6)

 When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep. David’s two wives had been captured—Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. (1Samuel 30:3-6)

Sometimes we may be going about our normal businesses then “the Amalekites” invade our territories uninvited (sickness, sin, failure, poverty, demonic attacks, death etc). Maybe you are like David’s men who only weeps aloud until you have no strength to weep rather than being like David who found strength in the Lord. David wept with his men but after a while the prevailers among them stirred themselves up and pursued the enemy whiles the wailers continued licking their wounds. The prevailers followed David’s leadership and courageously went on to recover everything they had lost…(1 Samuel 30:6-10 17,18)

“What if we all prevailed from life’s battles instead of wailing? I’m guessing we will be surrounded by so many strong men and women. Do you watch cartoons? if yes then I’m sure you’ve seen superman, captain planet, spider man and and other super hero movies. I realized they all have one thing in common — they are prevailers, in the sense that no matter the challenge or villain they were faced with, there was a side to them that wanted to prevail rather than wail about attacks.

Here are a few tips to help you become a prevailer and not a wailer

Lets see the definition of a wailer and a prevailer.

  1. WAILER – to wail is to make a prolonged high-pitch cry of pain, grief and anger. Those who wail are wailers.
  2.  PREVAILER – to prevail is to prove more powerful than an opposing force. those who prevail are prevailers. (both definitions from Rev. Eastwood)
  •  Prevailers are strong on their knees, while wailers are loudly vocal. So weeping during a challenge isn’t wrong but the prevailer weeps differently by adding prayer where as the wailer just wails and complain about their situation . If you’ve read my previous post I’m sure you know by now that I am a cry baby but here’s what I do when a challenge overwhelms me, I weep and worship at the same time. I remember one incident back in school in a friend’s room I hid behind the curtains in my friend’s room and wept and while I did that I whispered “It hurts. Nevertheless You are my God, please help me Lord”. It takes time to pray before you act but you gain this time by prevailing over your situation quickly. Those who fail to pray, fail to prevail. Enquire from God through prayer.

 

  • Prevailers encourage themselves — Hope. They find motivation within themselves. Remember David encouraged himself in the Lord instead playing the blame game that his men enjoyed. Encouragement is not external but internal grace. Prevailers don’t leave the responsibility of recovering from a setback to others. They have a strong relationship with God and in times of affliction, He is the closest source of strength to them. (Psalm 34:19,20) You don’t need people to stand by you when God stands by you. A crowd is not always advantageous in warfare.

 

  • Prevailers are not stationary, neither do they retreat, unlike wailers who tend to be stagnant and give up after one setback. They advanced towards the opposition and demand what’s theirs. David pursued the Amalekites after inquiring  and getting direction from God. David was used to pursuing assailants and demanding what was his. He demonstrated this attribute when he pursued the lion and bear and took his sheep from them (1 Samuel 17:34-36). “The Amalekites” (enemy) will not voluntarily bring back what they steal from you — you have to pursue, attack them and take back what they have stolen from you.

 

  • Prevailers have an overtaking strength. If you don’t give up and quit like a timid wailer God will empower you to overtake your “Amalekites” just like He did for David. David started from behind but he caught up with the Amalekites. You must destroy the enemy before recovering what is yours — if not he will come back and steal again. Prevailers always recover everything they lost just like David did — Prevailers don’t consider losses to be permanent — they believe in restoration.

To bring some clarity, let’s do the math, because apparently Heaven and Earth balance their equations differently.

  • By the Rules of Earth (Human and satanic) Equation;

Weeping + Complaining + Give Up + blaming others + Suicide = Wailer (Powerless Defeated)

  • By the rules of Heaven ( Jesus and God) Equation;

Faith + Prayer + Enquire of The Lord + Press On + Hope + Recovery = Prevailer (Unlimited Power and Victory)

A prevailer is known by the outcome of His or Her challenges, not by what happens during the process. The Psalmist said the end of the upright person is peace. Mark the perfect man and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace (Psalm 37:37)

If you dwell on the righteousness of Christ, you will prevail. Wailers are defeated partly because of the guilt they bear. The devil accuses them of wrongdoing and weakens their confidence. without confidence no one can become a prevailer. You are a prevailer. No matter what you are going through right now, the end of your story is predictable — You will Prevail. – Rev. Eastwood Anaba

 

It is my prayer that our Lord Jesus will continue to grant us grace and strength to become prevailers and not wailers… Amen.

Stay Blessed Always!

“Is Your Heart The Leader You Want To Follow?”

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I realized we can not always follow our hearts from an advice I gave to a friend — “follow your heart and I’m sure everything will be alright” only for her to end up brokenhearted. Well isn’t it the same “follow your heart” everyone believes in? How come my advise left her hurt instead of bringing her happiness. Out of curiosity I went back to the Bible for answers. I hope this blesses you as it did me.

When it comes to our hearts, there are two feelings we can experience after we’ve sinned. One is conviction and the other is condemnation. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit, prompting us to confess and be restored to fellowship so God can continue to bless us and work through us. Its purpose is to draw us closer to God. Condemnation is from Satan, trying to convince us that we’re no good, and that God will never forgive us. It’s aim is to keep us away from God by making us feel guilty.

“As soon as we confess our sins, we’re forgiven and the sin is forgotten as God immediately purifies us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Any bad feelings we have after that are feelings of guilt that come from Satan.

“So if you’re being drawn closer to God, you’re feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit. But if you feel like hiding from God and begin to doubt His love for you, you’re feeling condemnation from the devil. Rebuke those feelings in the name of Jesus. Resist the devil and he’ll flee from you” (James 4:7-10). 

Essentially, it’s a belief that your heart is “a compass inside of you that will direct you to your own true north if you just have the courage to follow it“. It says that your heart is a true guide that will lead you to true happiness if you just have the courage to listen to it. This notion can sound so simple and beautiful and liberating. For broken people it’s a tempting gospel to believe. 

Until you consider that your heart has “sociopath” tendencies. Think about it for a moment. What does your heart tell you? Please don’t answer.

Your heart has likely said things in the past — even today — that you would wish not to repeat. I know mine has. My heart tells me that all of reality ought to serve my desires. My heart likes to think if others happen to think well of me; then they are nice people. But if they don’t think well of me, or even if they just disagree with me, well then, something is wrong with them. And while my heart is pondering my virtues and others’ errors, it can suddenly find some immoral or horribly angry thoughts very attractive.

No, our hearts will not save us. We need to be saved from our hearts.”

“Follow your heart” certainly isn’t found in the Bible. The Bible actually thinks our hearts have a disease: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). Jesus, the Great Physician, lists the symptoms of this disease: “out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19). Well, obviously not leadership material.

Truth is, no one lies to us more than our hearts. No one. They don’t tell us the truth; they just tell us what we want. If our hearts are guides, then they are misleading, not considerate; they are selfish. In fact, if we do what our hearts tell us to do, we will pervert and covert every desire, every beauty, every person, every wonder, and joy. Our hearts want to consume these things for our own self-glory and self-indulgence.

Who then should we follow if our hearts are not right?

Our hearts were never designed to be followed, but to be led. Our hearts were never designed to be gods in whom we believe; they were designed to believe in God. If we make our hearts gods and ask them to lead us, they will lead us to narcissistic misery and ultimately damnation. They cannot save us, because what’s wrong with our hearts is the heart of our problem. But if our hearts believe in God, as they are designed to, then God saves us (Hebrews 7:25) and leads our hearts to exceeding joy  (Psalm 43:4).

Therefore, don’t believe in your heart; direct your heart to believe in God.  Note that Jesus did not say to His disciples, “Let not your hearts be troubled, just believe in your hearts.” He said, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me” (John 14:1).

So, though your heart will try to shepherd you today, do not follow it. It is not a shepherd. It is a pompous sheep that, due to remaining sin, has some wolf-like qualities. Don’t follow it, and be careful even listening to it. Remember, your heart only tells you what you want, not where you should go. So, only listen to it to note what it’s telling you about what you want, and then take your wants, both good and evil, to Jesus as requests and confessions. 

Prayer

Dear Jesus, thank You for Your unending mercies towards me every now and then. Your word makes me understand that my heart is sick and I must admit mine has all the symptoms of a sick one. I humbly ask that You step in as the Greatest physician and heal my heart, Help me to always remember that You are my shepherd, Cover me with the gift of Your wisdom. Amen  

“God can do anything but fail, so don’t follow your heart; follow Jesus.” 

Stay blessed!