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Listening with the Heart // By Jamie McCarroll

By October 28, 2017All Posts

Before reading today’s devotional, please open your bible and read Proverbs 19-20


Listening with the Heart

We live in a world that implores you to live life by thinking, exploring, and making decisions with your head. We are constantly told to ‘use our brains’.  This is most often true for all of us ladies! Most of the time when we make heart decisions they are not really ‘heart’ decisions at all. They are emotion based decisions. For this reason we are told to focus on head knowledge and let it guide us.  There is a difference!  While it may be true that head knowledge plays an important part in our lives, it will never trump heart knowledge! 

He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.  Proverbs 19:8 AMP

Heart knowledge is also known as wisdom. Wisdom comes from the very throne room of God.  It comes from love. When you gain wisdom it is a form of self love. To truly live by the heart is trusting in God to lead you. How many times do you truly listen with your heart in life? He can tell you who to pick for your next nanny and  how to mend the rift between your spouse. He can gently tell you where you missed it and how to make that correction.

Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.  Proverbs 19:20 AMP

You see, God speaks to you through the heart. When He is imparting wise counsel, it is heart knowledge. Heart knowledge prevails over head knowledge every time because it is created and given by the creator. The heart is a ‘deep well’ waiting to be filled with the wisdom of God.

Counsel in the heart of man is like, water in a deep well… Proverbs 20:5 AMP

At times some of the acts, steps, and sequences seem quite odd to us.  God has no problem with odd!  We wonder where He is leading us. We need to remember He sees the beginning and the end. 

Man’s steps are ordered by the Lord.  How then can a man understand his way?  Proverbs 20:24 AMP

He is always taking the time to examine your heart. He filters our hearts (inner man, spirit). 

In order for us to reap the benefits of His goodness, integrity, and wisdom we have to be listening with our hearts. Quick to tune in to his voice. Quick to adjust our lives according to His leading. 

The spirit of man [that factor in human personality which proceeds immediately from God] is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts.  Proverbs 20:27 AMP

As we listen to His whispers and act on His unction we excel and prevail. Only He can help you live your best life in love. The more you follow, the more you grow. The more you grow, the more you know and the more you know, the more it begins to show! 

Our hearts are such small, but mighty depictions of His character. A character full of love and wisdom. As a nurse I have always been blown away by the human body and its inner workings. Trust me, I have so many questions for the mighty one about it. 

He is such a mighty God!  If you want to find out just how mighty He is start listening with your heart. Start allowing Him to lead you in the small things, so he can open up a world of possibility when it comes to the bigger things. Life only gets bigger and better from here!

Wise words are more valuable than much gold and many rubies.  Proverbs 20:15 NLT

“While it may be true that head knowledge plays an important part in our lives, it will never trump heart knowledge!”

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