40 Days of Repentance 2019 – Day 20
Is following your heart the way of obedience?
We often hear that we should be following our heart in our walk with Elohim. But what if we are mistaken?
The scriptures say that our hearts our deceitful above all else and desperately sick(wicked).(Jeremiah 17:9) Therefore, why in the world should we be attempting to follow our hearts in regards to faith and obedience to the commandments of Elohim?
In the book of Numbers in Chapter 15 verse 39, right after the command to wear tzitzit, it says that the fringes on our corners are for remembering all the commandments of Elohim and fulfilling them. Then it goes on to say that this is so you will not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you tend to go astray. The goal or point of wearing and looking at the fringes is to not follow our hearts.
What I noticed here is that the word “own” is repeated in regards to our heart and eyes and that we should not follow after either one in regards to obeying the commandments of Elohim. That is, we should not follow OUR OWN hearts or
see with OUR OWN eyes.
Then how should we follow Elohim? I believe the way is to know and have the Heart of the Father and learn to have His heart so that we can then know how better to follow and obey Elohim’s commandments. We should attempt also to “see” things through the eyes of Elohim and not our own eyes.
I believe it follows that from the readings around the Shema that we are given the means of how to do this. It is through the devouring and speaking of the Word of Elohim on a continual basis that we maintain our knowing the heart of the Father and therefore the view through His eyes that leads to a delightful obedience to His commandments. Let us therefore, read and speak forth the Word’s of Elohim so that we may live joyfully and victoriously the Kingdom life that HE desires from His people.
Father, I repent from following my own heart and striving to see with my own eyes and figure my life out from my own perspective. Help me to know Your Heart through spending time in Your Word and speaking it forth in faith.
1 Kings 8:61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with Yehovah our Elohim, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
Jeremiah 24:7 I will give them a heart to know that I am Yehovah, and they shall be my people and I will be their El, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.
Ezekiel 11:19 And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?
Ezekiel 36:26-27 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Proverbs 23:26 My son, give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways.
Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; his steps do not slip.
Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
Jeremiah 31:33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares Yehovah: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their Elohim and they shall be my people.
F. Scott Nickerson