Head Faith vs Heart Faith


Faith comes primarily in two forms. Head faith and Heart faith. Head faith accepts situations and circumstances to be true, but relies on facts to substantiate its belief.  Heart faith is knowing with the heart without needed anything to validate or substantiate its belief. 

I love travelling. There is something about flying that has amazed me from the time I was a child. I can remember my first flight as clearly as if it happened yesterday. It was a flight from Los Angeles to Sacramento to visit my elder brother Charles when I was about 10 years old.

Back then, the airlines assigned a flight attendant to sit with minor children on flights when they flew alone. What I remember most about the flight was the pain in my ears from the change in altitude. At the time, I had no idea what the cause of the pain was, I just remember it being excruciating.

I remember talking with the flight attendant in the seat next to me, I remember hearing the other passengers around me talking and I remember the sound of the jet engines on the plane.

As we prepared to land in Sacramento, something weird happened. When we reached a certain altitude my ears “popped”. At least that’s what the flight attendant called it. All of a sudden I could hear a lot clearer.

The strange thing about this experience is that I wasn’t aware of the fact that my hearing was impaired until my ears popped. After the pop, I was able to hear a lot clearer than I could before the pop.

The only way to get God’s Word from your head down into your heart is by meditating on it.

I compare this ear popping to what happens to us as God’s Word changes from begin head faith and moves down into our hearts where is becomes heart faith. Anyone can hear a verse of scripture, read a verse of scripture or quote a verse of scripture but it takes time for that scripture to move from the head down into the heart.

As we meditate on God’s Word, the scriptures sink down into our spirits. When this happens, you no longer simply believe the verse or the principle…you know it. It’s hard to explain, but when this happens, you become convinced more than ever before that the scripture is real on a different level than before it sank down into your heart.

Proof or evidence is no longer needed to substantiate your faith once faith moves from your head down into your heart. When faith fills your heart, the truth of God’s Word becomes a part of you that cannot be taken away or moved by the circumstances of life.

The only way to get God’s Word from your head down into your heart is by meditating on it. God tells Joshua in Chapter 1 verse 8 that if he meditated in the Word day and night the results would be that he would make his way prosperous and that he would have good success (Joshua 1:8).

Psalm 1:3 tells us that this same type of meditation in God’s Word would cause whatever we do to prosper. The bible is filled with scripture telling us the positive results that can be obtained by meditating….getting the Word of God from our heads down into our hearts.

Meditating in Gods Word Builds Faith

If you’ve never experienced the renewed strength that comes from meditating in God’s Word, I encourage you to find several scriptures and write them down. Find scriptures that deal with challenges you may be facing in your life right now and spend some quiet time thinking about and saying the scriptures out loud to yourself.

There is comfort that can be found in the Words of God that cannot be found anywhere else. When your mind begins to wonder bring it back to the scriptures you’re meditating on. Meditate on the scriptures long enough for the verses to sink down into your heart, and you will find that once God’s Word becomes ingrained on your heart you will feel a sense of power and strength that is world overcoming!

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