Head Faith . . . Heart Faith
Colossians 1:21: And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
Romans 10:9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
From the time I was a toddler until my mid-teens I probably heard the gospel hundreds of times. Intellectually I knew the facts of the gospel. But it made no difference in me or in my life. I was not committed to the Lord. I was not surrendered to Him. I had not received Jesus. I believed in my own way. I had my own definition of faith. I was committed to self. I had what is sometimes referred to as *head faith.* Head faith is all that can be attained when one is disconnected from God. Head faith is not humble before God. Head faith deceives (fools) oneself. Head faith is sinful. Head faith keeps God and the Bible out of one*s heart. I had little peace. I had no lasting certainty that I was going to heaven. I didn*t know on a consistent basis that my sins were forgiven. I had no hunger for God. My head faith was a vaccination that prevented the real thing. I had what the Bible calls *vain faith.*
1 Corinthians 15:2: By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
When I was in my mid-forties I received Jesus into my heart. He became my Saviour and Lord and the Provider of my faith. What a difference! He gave me faith in my heart. The head and the heart are only a few inches apart but there are worlds of difference between head faith and heart faith. Head faith pollutes. Heart faith purifies. Head faith goes nowhere. Heart faith gets one to heaven. Head faith is a human accomplishment. Heart faith is a gift that is given along with Jesus Christ who is Himself a gift.
Hebrews 12:2: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
The minds of believers and unbelievers have a lot in common but their hearts have absolutely nothing in common. The unbelieving heart is dead to God while the believing heart throbs with life from God and thrives on that life.
Luke 6:45: A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
I recently received a request from a reader about this article: Can you explain this in more detail? I modified the article slightly and perhaps my response to him which follows will be helpful to others:
Head faith is a human accomplishment. Heart faith is the gift of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Since salvation is a gift of God and faith is necessary for salvation, faith is part of the gift. Faith is not a work of man.
Romans 10:9-10: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
When we receive Jesus into our hearts, he changes them in many ways. He lives (dwells) there. He provides the faith. He puts faith in our hearts where it needs to be. He makes us new creatures in our hearts.
John 1:12: But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
Ephesians 3:17a: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; . . .
When we receive Jesus into our hearts, because of who He is (The Son of God and God The Son) and the authority and power that He has, receiving Him is also a surrender to Him.
When we receive Jesus into our hearts a battle begins between our hearts and minds. Our minds are part of our flesh.
Galatians 5:17: For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
The good news is that the battle will eventually be won by Jesus who dwells in our hearts. More good news is that as we read the Bible and try to know and serve the Lord, our hearts are strengthened and win more and more of the battles. Even our minds can be changed and improved after we receive Jesus. The Bible calls this changing of our minds renewing them. Sometimes the Bible also refers to this renewing of the mind as growth.
Romans 12:1-2: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
When we receive Jesus into our hearts He changes us from the person that we want to be into the person that He wants us to be first on the inside and then on the outside. Before we received Jesus we were unable to become what He requires us to be. He changes us into a person who is willing and able to live life like He wants us to live it, even though we stumble and fall at times. We are unable to change ourselves or our lives. Only He can do those things.
Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
Since I have received Jesus I am often aware of different things coming out of me than those that came out of me before. The person I was could not possibly be the source of them. I am definitely a new creature.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Psalms 37:24: Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
If you have not already done it, I would suggest that you invite Jesus to come into your heart and make whatever changes He wants to make in your heart, in your mind and in your life.
Care to discuss Head Faith . . . Heart Faith with Ron?