Should you listen to your heart or your mind?

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When it comes to making decisions, do you oftentimes listen to your heart or your mind? Which do you deem as being the wisest choice? There seems to be a lot of differing opinions on this matter. Here's my take on it.

I was reading a scripture verse today that I've probably read a hundred times. In fact, it's a verse that I memorized early on in my Christian walk. It's a verse that most Christians are familiar with. But when I read it today, something just “jumped” out at me!

It's an age old I listen to my head (mind) or to my heart? Many times when counseling or advising someone, and even in my writings, I will advise people to listen to their “gut”, or their heart. Often times I wonder if I've advised properly when saying this. Even though I know that's what's worked for me when making important decisions. And even when I know that the Holy Spirit lives within us and guides us from within our hearts, I still question it sometimes. There seems to be a constant battle between our minds and our hearts. But why is that?

I know that the mind is a battlefield for satan. He always makes us question as to whether or not we are making the right decision. Whether or not we said the right thing. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly analyzing my words, my thoughts, and my actions. I even sometimes argue with myself over it!

Many of you may have read Joyce Meyer's book, The Battlefield of the Mind. I, however, must confess that I've never read that book. Perhaps if I had, I wouldn't question these things. And, even though I've never read her book, I can't help but wonder if I would find this verse within the words of her book. Now, I have to read that book! Just to find out.

But then, when I really think about it...when we make a decision to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and we pray a prayer of forgiveness and salvation, where do we ask Jesus to come into? Into our minds? Or into our hearts? Bingo! Into our hearts. And, why is that? Because...

Romans 10:10, For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (KJV)

Yes! That is the scripture that I read this morning. We “believe” with our hearts!! And, if we believe with our hearts then our minds fall into submission. Right? Exactly! Therefore, causing us to believe with not only our heart, but our mind, and our soul (our entire being).

Let's take a look at the verse just prior to the one above, which says,

Romans 10:9, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (KJV)

Again, Paul is talking about believing with our hearts, not our minds. So, if our salvation depends upon the belief in our heart, doesn't it stand to reason that we should then follow our heart and not our mind when making decisions in our every day lives as well? But, why does our mind argue with our heart? Because God has given access to satan to speak to our mind, but not to our heart. I don't know about you, but when God speaks to me I hear it in my heart, not my mind. You see, when we believe with our heart and ask Jesus to come into our heart, He sends us the Comforter...into our heart. Therefore, our heart is guarded and satan cannot access it!

If the Holy Spirit lives within our heart, and our heart is protected from satan accessing it, shouldn't we be listening to our heart? And not our mind (which satan has access to)? Of course, we do still need to listen to our minds because that is where our knowledge is contained. But, when there's a struggle between our minds and our hearts? When we don't know which decision to make or what road to follow? Then our hearts should supersede our minds.

Remember when you first came to accept Jesus into your heart? Did your heart argue with you about making that decision? Or did your mind do the arguing? See? In the same way that our mind followed our heart when we accepted Jesus, when we make decisions based upon our heart (gut feeling) our mind will eventually follow suit. That's what is referred to as “lining up”.

It is my prayer today that this message has helped to open your mind to an understanding as to how our hearts and our minds work in our decision making. Whether it be a major decision, or an every day decision. An understanding of what it means to “follow your heart”.

Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!