Sometimes it is hard to get the message from our heads to our hearts. It’s ok to question things…it’s ultimately how you respond to the questions. I believe God and only God has the ability to change our hearts. increased.”. Awesome Denny, thanks so much for reading and for sharing! The brain/mind allows us to think, feel, and act. I think the misunderstanding here is one of the idea of dichotomy vs. trichotomy. Keep me from overreacting today, from speaking with irritation. The word head occurs approximately 330 times in the Bible. I am alone in church every Sunday. You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world.. We hope to see you as a part of our community soon and God Bless! J I have begged Jesus for years and years and years to give me peace and change my heart. That is something you can place your full confidence in because God says so. my name is pastor Darrel davis from Memphis, Tn. There have been times when I have questioned things in my mind and immediately a Bible verse would come to mind that answered my question.… Read more », Hey Jennifer, Thank you for reading and for sharing. Christ doesn’t seem to be drawing a distinction between head and heart knowledge but seems to say that the head knowledge flows from the heart knowledge. I consider myself to be a seasoned believer and I am having a difficult time with the head/heart distinction as it pertains to faith. How can you keep this from happening to you? The Bible speaks of the brain as the center of our thinking and has much to say about the condition of our minds. My fondest desire is to know and love Jesus more. Follower of Christ, Husband to Joelle, Daddy to Peyton & Matthew, Executive Pastor at Austin Life Church, SAG-AFTRA Actor, Founder of Before The Cross, and Owner of MMWCS. If I was speaking out of my heart, and that had nothing to do with the mind, that would be a very curious (if not creepy) thing. Your voice is missing! Remind me in advance that harsh words increase the anger in the one with whom I’m speaking.”. I constantly have doubts about my salvation. Suppose you’re reading through Proverbs and come to chapter 15: “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” One of the most effective ways of getting that verse circulating through your system is by turning it into a prayer: “Lord, teach me the secret of the soft answer. I had to… Read more », How does one know for sure they are trusting Christ as their savior? Dr. Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point for God, and serves as Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California. Great reminder that God is a personal God who desires a relationship with us and not just someone we develop head knowledge about, but through Christ, a real person who we develop a relationship with through the heart. But what about renewing your spiritual energy? dedicating your life to Him…. Use our bible verses by topic page which lists popular verses from the Old and New Testament. Even the slightest interruption of their labors would be catastrophic, so they never sleep. There have been times people have said… Read more », Hey Mike, thanks for sharing. It happens far too often: a high-profile Christian stumbles, their testimony is tarnished and their ministry suffers. He says, “your mind can know honey is sweet, people can tell you it’s sweet, you’ve read books about it, etc. Yes God is in control at the end of the day. What they have is knowledge of the truth which they are purposely avoiding, or shunning. As the result of my head knowledge about God, I was able to accepted him in heart to be my servoir. Many people don’t really have the desire to know Jesus more so they walk around with head knowledge and they are not effected in their heart. Are you loving Jesus with your heart or head? Many people approach the Bible this way. For example, we can definitely have head knowledge, and not have the heart knowledge to go along with it. The heart represents our affection, emotion, and personality. God’s love would be so real to us that we would see ourselves the way He sees us, through His son, as an adopted child. I think trying to make this distinction is dangerous… Read more », Oh ok, sounds good. The heart and the mind are the same thing. “ Heart ” and “ soul ” are often used interchangeably (Deut. Answer: There are many calls to “follow your heart” in movies, novels, slogans, blogs, and memes. And I think it starts in the heart, and flows to the head… Read more », This is a good discussion. What's Wrong With Living Together Before Marriage? Dr. David Jeremiah continues to encourage you to stay focused on God and avoid the world’s distractions. That’s great, thanks so much for sharing that you’ve been able to follow Jesus as you know Him in your head and in your heart. Thanks for sharing, what you mentioned in Luke 6 actually lines up perfectly with the post because it’s a matter of the heart…not just what’s in the head. But the relationship between head and heart isn’t just physiological. Not our feelings or emotions or anything else, but the factual Bible, the very Word of God says so. Try me and know my thoughts! By the way, since the post was the difference between head knowledge and heart knowledge, I had an experience that showed me the difference that I would like to share. Awesome pastor…thanks so much for sharing and I’ve added you on our email list! The heart is connected with thinking: As a person “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). And just like… Read more », Today in Bible study with middle school girls we tackled this question. I gothe closer to Him in college. The Bible has to saturate our personalities. In other words, always approach every passage in Scripture with three questions: (1) What does it say? I think there’s head knowledge out there, we have a lot of it, and even Biblical head knowledge, but if that hasn’t turned into heart knowledge, I don’t think it will change us. We have to be reminded on a daily basis that what Jesus did on the cross was in fact..enough. If we were to go through the many different passages mentioning the heart and mind, we could come up with many different definitions for the heart and mind depending on how each word is used in biblical context. I met God with my head when I was 12 but didn’t become personal in my heart until the age of 48. They’re both CEOs of vast organizations with overlapping jurisdictions; they communicate instantly, and work in perfect coordination. “Self-salvation through good works may produce a great deal of moral behaviour in your life, but inside you are miserable. I’m sure in a lot of ways we are saying the same thing, just differently. PS: Some people believe in their head that Jesus died on the cross and was raised from the dead by God. This excerpt further clarifies the meaning of "the heart" metaphor. It seems that I should know better since I have known the Lord since March of 1977. I’m talking, of course, about your brain and your heart. church, there are head knowledge people, but not the heart knowledge. However, I felt my heart change when my personal relationship with Him began. That is not a coincidence. This post might help you as well..a lot of people are walking around in doubt if they are believers or not and I don’t believe God wants us to be in doubt or be involved in an investigation about our salvation…He sent His Son so that we can have eternal life and be confident in Him…not to… Read more ». We also know that the brain guides the functioning of every other organ, including the heart. Dr. David Jeremiah offers four nuggets to pursue in your walk with God, in his article “Mining for Gold—Nugget Faith Living.”, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Dr. Bob invites readers to peruse the Bible in PROSEPOE, the new and unique approach utilized in Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart. We all have our own strategies for coping with the pain of life. So is it safe to say that someone with more head knowledge (who believes that Jesus died for his sin) is a Christian and that heart knowledge will follow as he continues to learn? Looking back I believe I was NOT a believer during times I even served in the Church…it was just a head knowledge but never any heart in it. No one has been able to answer that question. Hey Steve, First, thanks so much for sharing this and being vulnerable. However, if one believes that a person is three parts–spirit, soul, and body–then what Mike is saying makes sense. We have to use our mind to put the Bible into practice and to commit ourselves to trust its promises and obey its commands. But I know the type of people you are speaking of. The heart and mind are mentioned thousands of times throughout the Bible. It wasn’t until I realized Jesus actually died for my…personal…sins until I really became a follower of Jesus. But now, all I have is doubt. If one believes that the spirit and soul are one and that the terms are used interchangeably, then what “A dog” is saying would be true. So, should the rapture have happened prior to my personal relationship… Read more ». "Heart" and "soul" are often used interchangeably ( Deuteronomy 6:5; 26:16; Compare Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30 Mark 12:33), but this is not generally the case. This is further confirmed by the phrase “if our heart blames us” in 1 John 3:20. But the relationship between head and heart isn’t just physiological. That is not what I’m talking about here. I was desperate to know Him as my best friend… I thought I was drawing near to Him by continually submitting and surrendering my life to Him, and He was supposed to draw near to me (James 4:8). Hey Lia, thanks for sharing and that’s exactly something I went through. We hear a sermon about patience; but before the day is out, we’ve lost our temper. (Romans 10:9). It also takes prayer. Dr. David Jeremiah has a solution for you in his article “Unclaimed Possibilities—Claiming the Power.”, Dr. David Jeremiah discusses how God uses one message (the Gospel) to draw us to Christ in “The Journey to Jesus—The Way We Come to Him.”, Have you ever considered that our faith is precious—like gold? Because I know him from heart my life is different in my community and the ligy of God is shining upon me, so other people are attracted by the light of God that is upon mine life. Related pieces of advice are “trust yourself” and “follow your instincts.” A corollary dictum is “your heart will never lead you astray.” From before our birth until the moment we go to be with the Lord, they’re on the job. So where are you in this? Even before my personal relationship with Him began I was volunteering at church and leading the prayer team, woman’s team, etc. How do you get head knowledge into your heart? If we have God's Word in our minds—along with the Holy Spirit—then there is a good chance that our minds will begin to change, to become circumcised, as it were—to be purified, to become holy as God is holy. I used to hear His Voice and then all of a sudden I noticed that He wasn’t speaking to me anymore. I am supposedly saved but my heart doesn’t feel like it believes. Let us pray one for another. Heart. Jesus had such a huge impact on so many lives while He was also here on this earth and had individuals follow… Read more ». Your head is where the analysis, logic, thoughts and that crazy monkey mind reside. Sabbath: Rest for Spiritual and Physical Refreshment. Before The Cross exists to Glorify God by Sharing the Love of Christ with the hope of pointing the lost to Him and strengthening His Church. We become engrossed with the study of biblical prophecy about the End Times, but somehow we don’t share the Gospel with those in our neighborhood should He come today. Proverbs 12:2 A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.. Genesis 37:19,20 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh… 1 Head (Sound Doctrine) 2Timothy 4:1-5 Paul told Timothy, "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, exhort, with much patience and instruction. Your description of the heart vs. the mind makes me think of the right and left brain hemispheres. I wasn’t a follower of Christ whatsoever until I realized Jesus died for MY sins…and He became personal to me in my heart. The biblical evidence demonstrates that this supposed distinction between head faith and heart faith is really a mind game. Sometimes it is hard to get the message from our heads … Thank you for your thoughts. The point I’m making in the post is that there is a distinction..especially in our culture where a lot of people say certain things, but doesn’t mean it’s true. I am struggling with this right now. When our hearts have been affected, change happens, which includes changing the way we think about things and what we speak. This sounds like it’s different for you and that you are effected. I don’t know how to get my head knowledge into my heart. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Jupiter Images Corporation. There’s a lot in what you wrote so I’ll do my best to respond, but at the end of the day, know that you CAN know if you are saved or not. It must embrace head, heart, and hands, all three. Since our conscience is what blames or condemns us when we’re wrong, this verse makes it abundantly clear that our conscience is part of our heart. Wanting to fellowship and ask other’s and work out whts been worked in. A lot of people carry around a lot of knowledge including Biblical knowledge, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are followers of Jesus because nothing has changed for them. Jesus is clear that for someone to follow Him, all they have to do is to profess that He is Lord of their… Read more ». Salvation must be experienced. Application requires meditation. He opens our eyes when He feels we are ready… However reading and meditating on His Word is the best way to get to know Him! In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6. Other days I have VERY strong dout (“did I ever get saved in the first place”). Bible Verses about the Heart - Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it… As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart… The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. The heart represents our affection, emotion, and personality. I thought I was saved but could never sense that Jesus was in my heart. In verses 27-28, He said graphically, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! We can fill up our heads with knowledge all day long. My heart, too, supports same-sex marriage. 6:5; 26:16; compare with Matt. The quote of the Tim Keller is also apt. The physical heart is an organ that pumps blood. I wouldn’t want to confuse anyone into thinking that you have to live in doubt. Unclaimed Possibilities - Claiming the Power, Renewable energy sources are becoming very popular in our culture today. It is the place where emotions and desires begin; it is that which drives the will of man towards action. When we say that “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks…”, well, we speak what we are thinking. One specializes in intellectual pursuits all day while the other pumps iron. Great word- really helped me on my theology course, thank you. I don’t think we can force anything to get into our heart from our head or that there is a formula to this, however, we know from scripture that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 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