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The Pathways of the Heart

Updated on January 26, 2018

The Heart in Relation to the Brain

If only our hearts were as elastic as our brains are logical. Whenever we here a phrase like, "Follow your heart," it's often in a theoretical context. These words often slip out of the mouths of the princesses in fairy tales, but when they happen to escape our lips, it's accompanied by a sarcastic undertone. Maybe it isn't so much that our hearts aren't elastic but it's that we allow our brain to get a sense for what our hearts are supposed to feel.

What is the Heart?

Instead of allowing their brains to get in the way, some people are prone to allowing their emotions to move and pull them. They mistake the extremity of their emotions for the depth of their heart and claim that they are only following what has been placed on the inside of them. We learn in Ezekiel 36:26 that our "stony, stubborn hearts" have been replaced with a "tender, responsive heart." Our heart were created to feel. However, our hearts are not the result of the totality of our feelings. In fact, God commands us to take care of our hearts in a variety of different ways. At first, these ways don't "feel" natural to our hearts.

So what exactly do our hearts consist of?

They are a place where, when lowered, they are able to lead by God. They are an organ that enables us to permit trust. And most importantly, it's an area of habitation that only you and God can enter.

Secret Communication

There are many people we pass throughout are lives that leave the prints of their fingers upon our hearts as they journey through our lives with us. There may be even brief moments were people of importance graze past our hearts and leave an unidentifiable mark. But only yourself and God can actually inhabit your heart. When we loose awareness of this ability to be this amazingly close to our creator, we forget to listen for the secrets that He whispers to our hearts. Some things that He tells us are only meant for us to hear, as in nobody else can hear God in exactly the same way that you can. Psalm 25:14 says, "The secret counsel of the Lord if with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant." To have a fear of God means to have a deep love, respect, and awe for Him. His will has already been made known to us through His word. However, this scripture isn't just about knowing what His will is for us. This scripture is about having God personally show us the pathway. This is about personally receiving instruction from our Creator and allowing His ways to impact us at the core of our hearts, resulting in action.

Many times we're able to spit out truths that we don't practice in our own lives because we've only only God to graze that area of our hearts. We haven't given it over fully in that area. When we allow our hearts to become fully available to God is when we'll feel them start to work as they should. I believe God wants us to do nothing outside of our hearts. He wants to grant us the greatest desires of our hearts, but He wants us to delight in Him first (Psalm 37:4). In a futile attempt to fill our hearts with anyone or anything besides God, we render our hearts numb. When an object inhabits an area that only God was created for, the tension between what is right and what 'feels right' is tangible. That object may serve as a temporary source of satisfaction but only an eternal source can complete.

Our hearts are naturally aware that they need to be dependent upon something. This is why we witness our hearts so easily attaching itself to different things. Even when we try to resist its doing so. When you get past the uncomfortable act of stilling your heart before God, your heart will become addicted to latching itself onto Him and His goodness. Try to settle your heart before you read the Bible or pray to Him. When you go into it with an open, attentive heart, it prevents you from having a religious attitude or seeing these things as chores. One scripture that I have prayed often is Psalm 119:18. It says, "Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law."

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      Erica Ligocki 3 months ago from Colorado

      God has spoken to me through my heart before I even knew what it meant to be led by the spirit.

      Now that doesn't mean that I wasn't led by the spirit at that time. It's just that I was unaware of that type of terminology.

      Our heart is an important part of connecting with God and it does make quite a bit of mention of it in the Bible. Romans 10:10 tells us that it's with the heart that man believes. It's with our very hearts that we are to trust and believe God and that's a form of connecting/communicating with God. I think it's important to not get too hooked up on terminology. God can meet you where you're at. I think we're just using the word "heart" using two different definitions is all.

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      charlie 3 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      We cannot communicate with God through our heart. We must and can ONLY communicate with God through the Spirit of God that is in only the disciples of Christ. The heart must be in submission to the Spirit but has no part in the communication as it is only possible Spirit to Spirit, that Holy Spirit that make us of One Spirit with God, Christ and all other sons of God. Without this Spirit it is impossible to communicate with God. Anyone (and there are many)without the Spirit are the apostates with their false doctrines of man that lead the gullible to destruction in the lake of Fire

      In this age Jesus possesses ALL the authority and power of God until He returns it to God at the judgment. He is NOT GOD but He IS THE DELEGATED AUTHORITY of God during this final age of Man.

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      Erica Ligocki 3 months ago from Colorado

      I do agree with you on some points. I absolutely believe in being led by the Holy Spirit. However, I believe that a major method that God uses in order to accomplish this is through the heart. When we depend upon ourselves, our hearts are full of wickedness. However, if we are already inclining our hearts toward God, we are blessed in that action. Jeremiah 17:7 says, "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is." The Bible also tells us to trust in the Lord with all of our hearts. I am not saying that we should trust our hearts above God's leading, but rather I am explaining that God has given us our hearts as a pathway to be led by God.

      Thoughts, words, and actions often act in accordance with one another. Proverbs 23:7 says, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he."

      I believe you can speak to God directly based on what Jesus has already done for us on the cross. In Mathew 28:18, Jesus does claim that He's been given all authority. However, in the very next verse, He hands that authority over to His disciples by commanding them what it is that they need to do. I'm unsure about what you mean when you said that Jesus has been given all authority for this age. Are you speaking of all power?

      Thanks you for sharing your insight!

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      Erica Ligocki 3 months ago from Colorado

      Thank you!

      What I mean by that statement is that God is the only one that can completely know you, from the inside out. And even then, He waits for you to accept Him into your heart. He does not push His way in there. Our hearts were created as a method of communication between us and our heavenly Father. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." He wants so badly to give us the desires of our heart but He also wants us to delight in Him with our hearts. Also, Psalm 22:3 explains that He dwells in our praises. Our praise toward Him may come from our mouths but they erupt from the heart.

      Our very relationship with God begins with our hearts. Romans 10:9 says, "Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." God chooses to speak to our hearts because it's the most intimate form of communication.

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      Eric Dierker 3 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nicely done. A very interesting perspective. Explain this to me a little bit more "And most importantly, it's an area of habitation that only you and God can enter."

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      charlie 3 months ago from From Kingdom of God living on Planet earth. between the oceans

      Eze 36:26 was to Israel in the previous age, not valid in this age. This age is ruled by Christ until the judgment which is the end of this age.

      In this age you cannot speak directly to God, He has given ALL of His authority to Jesus and made Him Lord of this age, you must go through Jesus during this final age of man. Jesus is not God but He has all of God's authority during this age.

      Jesus says we cannot be His disciple unless we are filled with the Holy Spirit of God AND FOLLOWING THE LEADING OF THE SPIRIT. With out the aid of the Spirit of God we cannot be of one accord and cannot understand the things of God.

      scripture tells us that the heart is desperately wicked and no one can trust it.

      It also tells us that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

      We are not to follow our heart or our brain, we are to follow the Spirit of God in us, if the Spirit of God is not in us we are not His.

      Just believing that Jesus is the son of God, or reciting a prayer, or having a man lay hands on you, or Going to "a church) is not the way one become a disciple of Christ, the only way to become a son of God is through Jesus and doing all He requires of us

      Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All authority is given to Me in Heaven and in earth. 

      Mat 28:19  Therefore go and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 

      Mat 28:20  teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the world.

      (Mat 12:34)  Offspring of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

      (Luk 6:45)  A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth the good. And an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth the evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

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