You can trace the evolution of the English language each year by which words were added to and subtracted from the dictionary. For instance, in 1997, “Macarena” was added, then in 1998, it was subtracted (like they wanted to pretend it never happened!); in 2001, “retail therapy” and “street cred” were added; in 2006, “google” became a verb in addition to being a proper noun; and in 2011, words like “social media,” “tweet,” and “fist bump” were added.

However, there’s a phrase that I hear often that I’m tired of hearing. I want to put it out there as a plea to quit saying it and most importantly, to stop doing it. Here’s the phrase I don’t want to hear anymore: “I’m following my heart.”

Almost every person I sit down with in counseling is suffering from the results of following their heart.

You probably read the headlines recently of the teacher who left his wife, children, and teaching career in order to move in with a former 18-year old student. Their reasoning was “We’re following our hearts.”

He’s in prison now. Why? Because he followed his heart…and that’s where your heart will lead you.

The Bible says our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked – no one can know it (except the One who made it, of course). The Bible also says that without Jesus, we’re dead in our sins.

So I say to stop following your heart because without Jesus, your heart isn’t beating!

What you really need to do is follow Jesus – the One who breathes life into dead and dying hearts. He’s the One who will never let you down or lead you astray. And although following Jesus often goes directly against the feelings and direction that your heart says to go, His way is the right way, and the one way that you’ll never regret following.

Stop following your heart and follow Jesus.

Make sure to listen to or watch this message about the church in Sardis who suffered the consequences of following their dead hearts into the grave.

The temporary pleasure is not worth the lasting pain.