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Date: 10.04.17
The Power of Leading Your Heart

I recently heard some great advice: Emotions are like children. It’s okay to let them ride in the car with you, but don’t let them in the driver’s seat.

Oh! What if we always remembered to judge between emotions that will lead us down a good path, and those that could lead us down a destructive path if we follow them? What if instead of allowing our emotions to lead us, we chose to lead our hearts with truth? Can you imagine how different the world would be?

Couples wouldn’t allow emotional offenses to drive a wedge between them.

Spouses wouldn’t be driven by deceitful desires to commit adultery.

Neighbors wouldn’t allow hate to cause them to repay evil for evil.

People wouldn’t give up on their dreams when they should stay the course.

Men wouldn’t shoot innocent people.

Friends wouldn’t allow anger to rule over them during a disagreement.

Oh! How would it be if we always remembered to lead our hearts with truth rather than allow our emotions into the driver’s seat of our lives?

When your emotions are screaming, “Give up!” but you know that quitting would be disobeying God, you’ve got to lead your heart with truth.

When your feelings are telling you, “You’re a loser,” rather than believe that lie, you’ve got to lead your heart with truth.

When your heart is saying God doesn’t love you, no one will accept you, you’re useless, you’re a failure, it’s okay to hate, to hold a grudge, commit adultery, repay evil for evil, run from God, or abandon hope, you’ve got to lead your heart with truth so you can stay on God’s good path for your life.

You must lead your heart with truth even when your heart doesn’t feel like the truth is true. And, the way to lead your heart is spend time with Christ, learn from Him, and read His Word. “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Proverbs 4:23) NLT

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11 thoughts on “The Power of Leading Your Heart

  1. Such a timely and timeless message Shana! I’m a guy who is very emotional and who is gifted..cursed? with seeing others emotions but I do let it ‘drive me’ many times. Thank you as always for sharing wisdom and insight.

  2. Hi Shana!

    I agree with your other reader; the shooting example was a put off to me, especially with Las Vegas shooting so fresh in our minds

    However, you are spot on about the absence of truth guiding our lives in today’s culture. It is against the big lie that we must strive to remain separate and holy. Sadly, We live in times where evil is celebrated and good is called bad.

    Blessings. Ron

  3. Lead with truth not emotions…..love this. Perfect to keep in my arsenal as well as prayer when I’m conflicted with uncertainty as to how to handle a situation. Thank you!

  4. I needed this. Right now. Right here. Sitting alone FEELING things and your email just popped. Thank you for this. Still may let a few tears fall, but not listening to the lies. Xoxo

  5. I tend to cringe when people tell that they ‘fell in love’ with someone. This is because I know the deceitfulness of emotions. The first ones to end up in counseling and divorces is the ones that tell me that “I just don’t love my spouse anymore.” A relationship built on “falling in love” is like a house built on sand AND without any foundation! The ONLY relationship that will ever last is a God-centered one (100%,100%,100%) that is built unconditionally on absolute commitment (no matter what) and God’s Word!

    1. Hey, David.

      Agreed! Emotions can be deceitful for sure. I do think that sometimes relationships may start out with “falling in love” but ultimately must come down from that high sometime and definitely must be centered around Christ, for sure. You can’t go wrong then. How much better it would be for people if they understood that intense emotions can’t last in a relationship. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

  6. Yes, I too am guilty of allowing my emotions to lead
    I need to examine the situation the situation, especially when it involves my Adult children and seeing the mistakes that lie ahead. Wisdom dictates, allow them to experience, Emostion dictates, make them aware of what lies ahead, however, my worlds have been known to make them take offense. Thank 😊 You !

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  • Such a timely and timeless message Shana! I’m a guy who is very emotional and who is gifted..cursed? with seeing others emotions but I do let it ‘drive me’ many times. Thank you as always for sharing wisdom and insight.

  • Hi Shana!

    I agree with your other reader; the shooting example was a put off to me, especially with Las Vegas shooting so fresh in our minds

    However, you are spot on about the absence of truth guiding our lives in today’s culture. It is against the big lie that we must strive to remain separate and holy. Sadly, We live in times where evil is celebrated and good is called bad.

    Blessings. Ron

  • Lead with truth not emotions…..love this. Perfect to keep in my arsenal as well as prayer when I’m conflicted with uncertainty as to how to handle a situation. Thank you!

  • I needed this. Right now. Right here. Sitting alone FEELING things and your email just popped. Thank you for this. Still may let a few tears fall, but not listening to the lies. Xoxo

  • I tend to cringe when people tell that they ‘fell in love’ with someone. This is because I know the deceitfulness of emotions. The first ones to end up in counseling and divorces is the ones that tell me that “I just don’t love my spouse anymore.” A relationship built on “falling in love” is like a house built on sand AND without any foundation! The ONLY relationship that will ever last is a God-centered one (100%,100%,100%) that is built unconditionally on absolute commitment (no matter what) and God’s Word!

    • Hey, David.

      Agreed! Emotions can be deceitful for sure. I do think that sometimes relationships may start out with “falling in love” but ultimately must come down from that high sometime and definitely must be centered around Christ, for sure. You can’t go wrong then. How much better it would be for people if they understood that intense emotions can’t last in a relationship. Thanks for your thoughtful response.

  • Yes, I too am guilty of allowing my emotions to lead
    I need to examine the situation the situation, especially when it involves my Adult children and seeing the mistakes that lie ahead. Wisdom dictates, allow them to experience, Emostion dictates, make them aware of what lies ahead, however, my worlds have been known to make them take offense. Thank 😊 You !

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