Following Your Evil Heart (Not By Bread Alone)


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Jeremiah 9:13-16



Following Your Evil Heart

The theme of the book of Jeremiah is encapsulated in this statement: “…each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.” (Jeremiah 16:12) This is the lament of God Himself. He was forsaken by His own people even though they had been heartily provided for in every sense. Though what culminated was their outward following of the Baals (false pagan “gods”) what preceded it was the following of the dictates of their own hearts (Jeremiah 9:14). The Lord tells us through Jeremiah that the human heart is, “…deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9) Knowing our natural plight, then, how ought we to walk?

We can either walk according to the counsel of Israel and Judah in the days of Jeremiah which was according to their own hearts, or we can walk according to the precepts of our Lord and our God. These are the only two options.
Following our own heart may manifest in a variety of ways, whether it be the acknowledgement of foreign “gods” or the embrace of debauchery. How it manifests is not particularly important, only that when ANYTHING other than adherence to God’s word is being entertained, it is a departure from Him. The moment our hearts supplant, as king, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, we have committed and act of high treason. Whether it be our mentors, fathers or friends who give us advice or direction contrary to God’s word, we would do well to heed the example given to us of those who were His called and chosen people, but whom He purposed to scatter and consume because of their unwillingness to obey His commands. Rather than obeying God’s word, they obeyed their fathers before them; following other men rather than God. (See Acts 5:29)

How can a young man (or an old man for that matter) cleanse his way? By taking heed according to God’s word (Psalm 119:9). What does it mean to “take heed” but to “guard”, “protect”, “observe” and “watch” with all diligence? Our Lord Jesus is called the “Word of God” (Revelation 19:13) and Jesus also calls Himself “The Bread of Life” (John 6:35). Without physical bread our bodies will perish from starvation. So it is with spiritual bread and our souls. Jesus said, in Matthew 4:4 that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  When one has forsaken the eating of physical bread, he will become gaunt, frail and unrecognizable until he ultimately expires. Of how much greater importance is it to have spiritual nourishment? Forsaking God’s word will not only bring with it our spiritual starvation, but blindness and judgment. Without His word, we have only our deceitful hearts to rely upon; that or the counsel of the world which is according to the devil himself.

Take heed to yourself to follow God’s counsel in all things, every day and every hour. Without the lamp that is His word (Psalm 119:105) we are sure to flounder about in darkness. To the wind with any form of worldly counsel in any facet of life, for God “…has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of Him…” (2 Peter 1:3) Not only has God given us His Word as an act of mercy, but He demands our obedience which is due to Him as the supreme Ruler of the universe. Failure to acknowledge Him in all things is to deceive ourselves and to unwittingly loot and pillage His throne. Spare yourself from the rebuke of Jeremiah lest you find yourself in a position where God says, “Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.” (Jeremiah 15:1)

Be conformed to the image of Christ and do it through careful reading and meditation in God’s word. Pray that He would give you a heart of understanding and most importantly one inclined to obedience. This is the chief thing, for, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 15:22) Keep your evil heart with all diligence and do not forsake the Lord even for a moment. Truly we must meditate in His word day and night. One lackluster day begets another. May it never be! But when that meditation in His Word is deliberate and consistent and supported by prayer, fellowship with our God is sweet and He will establish us in all we do for His name’s sake. Hallelujah!


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Joshua Chavez

A slave of Christ. My name is Joshua Chavez.

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18 Responses

  1. Cindy says:

    Amen, Brother!
    To live is Christ, to die is gain!

    • Joshua Chavez says:

      Amen, and amen. May we grow in that disposition not loving our lives unto death.
      God bless you.


  2. Great message. You may have a couple typos but the message is clear. 1) sentence ends with “and.” – “it is a departure from Him and.” 2) you wrote “thrown” but may have wanted to write throne.

  3. Kathy Hays says:

    When someone gives me the advice that I need to go to the Word alone I trust him. That is what you do and I thank you. God bless you.

    • Joshua Chavez says:

      I pray the Lord builds you up in truth trough this simple encouragement. God bless you.


  4. Marta says:

    Rare is truth these days. Thank you Jesus for the few left that are not following
    the herd into the Broadway that leads to destruction.

  5. Thank you Josh, it’s good to see you teach and read your take on scripture. May you continue to walk in His Light, Anointing and favor.

    Every Warm Good Wish and Blessing,


    • Joshua Chavez says:

      Blessings to you, my friend. I pray the Lord uses it to edify you in some sense. Lord willing, there will be more of these short devotional readings perhaps once a week to start. As time permits. God bless.

  6. Darewin says:

    Thank you Joshua for taking the unbelievable amount of time to post these columns and create the videos speaking truth into a dark and lost world. Let the light of His lamp shine forth.

    • Joshua Chavez says:

      I pray they have been of some benefit to you. May the Lord use them for His glory and the good of those who seek Him in truth. God bless, my friend.

  7. Jason Kruzel says:

    First off, thank you for your diligence in exposing heresy and magnifying truth. I have been a Christ follower for 16 years now ( got saved and began pouring through scripture while attending a Oneness Pentecostal church at age 24), have been delivered from drug addiction, the false church system, and all manner of potential disaster, and am recently married and currently living in a small town in the Smokey Mountains. About 3 years ago after the death of my mother I moved from Ohio to S. Florida and among other things obsessively listening to sermons from Reformed preachers and “pastors”thinking maybe this is what I’ve been searching for, Calvinist theology appeared to be an answered prayer ( I began to digest book after book from Reformed theologians McArthur, Sproul, Piper,)etc. then some things happened and I wound up moving to NC, met my wife etc, about 3 months ago I found your channel and blog and can’t stop watching/reading. Of particular interest to me is your exposing the false church system biblically and calling out these cowards who for fear of losing their esteemed positions and the reproach of men, will do nothing of the sort. I feel that the Holy Spirit is using your ministry to encourage me like the Lord did to Elijah showing him others haven’t bowed the knee. I wish I could talk to you more about certain things but for now this will do, and I’m confident that the Holy Spirit is shaping my theology so as to be more effective in reaching the lost. I have to go but thanks again Josh

    • Joshua Chavez says:

      It truly blesses my soul that the Lord is using whatever you have found here to encourage you and build you up in truth. May that truth lead you to be more devoted to Jesus and Him more clearly formed in you. The aim is to simply be biblical. While I’m sure you heard many true things listening to these men (I listened to them as a young believer as well), the subtle error mixed in with the truth becomes the damaging thing. I pray the Lord continues to edify you through whatever you find here. Please send me your mailing address via this contact page and I’d be happy to send you something. God bless, my friend.
      Philippians 1:9

  8. Melissa says:

    Josh, greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I just wanted to thank you & encourage you in your recent work regarding the Calvary Chapel menace! My family & I were recently ousted from our local church (a Calvary Chapel) for addressing their questionable “guest speakers” & so forth. At any rate, we are praying for you & standing with you! Wanted to leave you with this quote…I don’t remember which of the Puritan men said it (I read so many). “Hidden away from all harm are the Lord’s chosen; their enemies think not so, but hope to smite them; they might as well attempt to destroy the angels before the throne of God.” Blessings, my brother!

  9. Zenobia says:

    I have been watching your videos for some time now. As you no. And today I think I spent all day reading your blog posts. I’m hoocked. Hook, line and sinker. What I love the most is reading the Bible and not quite understanding the teaching then read something you wrote, refer back to that particular scripture that had me a bit stumped and it hits home completely. Even if you try referencing a certain scripture with what a pastor might say you still can’t understand it. Your explanations are easy to understand, follow what you explain through with scripture and then it’s like the words become more clear. I think that’s why some of the great men in history had such a profound impact on people like Paul because he taught so well. The people that listened to him understood him and it makes a huge difference when you can understand better. I won’t mention any names but sometimes you listen to certain people and you get completely overwhelmed and discombobulated. I don’t think God meant for his teachings to be a 2+2=8

  10. Cristian Puiulet says:

    “Follow your heart” seems to be the mantra of our generation. Disney (purveyor of brainwashed thoughts to everyone from young to old these days) is the worst offender. The main message is that true happiness and all good things will overflow with abundance if we just follow our hearts, aka be our own gods and do whatever we please regardless of what the Bible says. We should also disregard the advice of our parents, family members, and friends who know us, love us, and want the best for us. This doesn’t even make sense from a worldly perspective! Perhaps you would be willing to do an expose on the Disney Company and its obvious agenda and post it to your YouTube channel, despite the fact that it doesn’t necessarily fit in with the overall type of videos that you normally produce. I’m sure there are thousands of christians who would benefit from being encouraged to steer themselves and especially their children way way clear of this evil influence.
    Thanks for your article, and God bless you.

  11. Christina says:

    What is your comment on Jacob Prasch teaching that Jesus is the Metatron and his ancestry showing that he isn’t Jewish?
    There is no way to reconcile this since it is flat out heresy!
    Without him repenting which he has not then he should be marked and avoided according to the Word of God. So since you are friends with Jacob then you give him a pass? I thought thats what your whole website was about to call out false teaching and apostasy?
    So you are couterdicting yourself by guilt by association and approval in which you made a you tube video about.
    Do you have a comment because this is a serious issue?
    Thank you

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