Ryle Had It Right
“Let it be a settled resolution with us to ‘keep our hearts with all diligence,’ all the days of our lives. (Prov. 4:23.) Even after renewal they are weak. Even after putting on the new man they are deceitful. Let us never forget that our chief danger is from within. The world and the devil combined, cannot do us so much harm as our own hearts will, if we do not watch and pray. Happy is he who remembers daily the words of Solomon, ‘One who trusts in himself is a fool.'” (Prov. 28:26.) ~ J.C. Ryle
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
The “heart” is not a blood pumping organ in the middle of your chest. It is the core of being, and without regeneration and the path of the cross, it cannot be trusted. This is one of the chief differences between Biblical Christian teaching and New Age thought which encourages people to “follow their heart.” This idea has infiltrated the churches to dismantle the truth of our need of the Savior. Ultimately it will lead you astray and entangle you in many a snare.
Been there, done that. Thank you, Jesus, for Your Holy Spirit’s power to deliver from darkness and deception.