I Just Know in My Heart

[This article was written by Justin Monts.]

Many people decide to “trust in their heart” with regard to spiritual things and believe that by this they can’t go wrong. To point out from the Bible where they have departed is fruitless because they “know in their heart” they are saved. To press them for authority on infant baptism, praying to Mary, or speaking in tongues leads nowhere because they “know in their heart” these are approved.

Yet contrary to being a reliable source the Bible reveals: “The heart is deceitful above all things” (Jeremiah 17:9). Ultimately, it alone cannot be trusted. Elsewhere it is stated, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Again we are told, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Notice we are not to trust in the heart, but rather we are to trust in the Lord with all our heart. There is a world of difference.

The only way we can really “know in our heart” about our condition is if we abide in the word of truth. “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free’” (John 8:31-32). By abiding in God’s word we can know we are acceptable to Him. However, if we rely on emotions and feelings alone we will inevitably be led astray.

With that in mind, what will we do? Will we lay aside God’s word and go with our heart? Or will we take up the Bible and place our heart in it? The word of truth will judge us in the last day (John 12:48).

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