For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
This verse reveals a profound truth about how faith works. Knowing this truth helps us to understand why our faith sometimes doesn’t seem to work and produce results.
Observe that Scripture here states categorically that it is with your HEART that you believe and are justified. It doesn’t say it’s your HEAD that should believe! Therein lies the problem with many Christians nowadays. They are happy to believe with their heads and to leave their hearts faithless. That doesn’t work. That’s not true faith.
What’s the difference? You see, “head faith” is just mental belief. It’s superficial. It’s intellectual. When you believe the Word of God purely from a mental perspective, your faith doesn’t have any impact. It’s only theoretical and abstract.
On the other hand, heart-faith is deep seated. What the Bible describes as the heart is that inner core of your being otherwise known as the seat of the emotions. It’s that faculty of your nature from which emanate the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). Others call it the subconscious mind. Some think of it as the spirit-man. Suffice it to say that your heart is not your head, but it’s the inner hub of your being.
That is where faith must reach if it is to make a difference. When you truly believe with your heart, you’ll be justified (saved). That’s why we have so many nominal Christians today. They prayed the sinner’s prayer with an intellectual belief and became religious sinners. No transformation happened because it was all an intellectual exercise. They were not “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37). They were just philosophically amused.
When you pray by heart-faith, your prayers work. But if you pray based on a shallow mental faith, nothing will happen. So it makes sense to do our utmost to make sure we believe with the heart. How do we do that? How can we transition from a mental belief to a heart faith?
We do so through MEDITATION. By this I don’t mean New Age meditation or some other unbiblical or counterfeit kind of meditation. There’s too much of the wrong kind of meditation around these days-saints beware! Rather, we’re talking about BIBLICAL meditation here.
Remember that Scripture links the believer’s good success with meditation on the Word of God (Joshua 1:8). It also teaches that the godly prosper in whatever they do when they frequently meditate on the Word of God (Psalm 1:2-3). The reason is meditation transfers the truth of God from our heads to our hearts.
When you meditate well, the truth, promises and wisdom of God become real in your heart of hearts. Even your emotions begin to respond positively. A sense of inner joy and peace begins to reign in your heart. Even before your breakthrough manifests, your expectation grows. You’re assured deep down that something good is going to happen. And it will!
I plead with you today not to settle for an intellectual faith. Refuse to rely on head-faith. Meditate on God’s word until your heart gets it. Don’t just skim the surface. Don’t be hasty to move on. Take your time in the Word. Ponder on the promises of God. Prayerfully reflect on the words in season the Spirit brings from time to time. Visualise the Word. Decree and declare it quietly and prayerfully until it saturates your heart. Let faith arise from your heart. Then your life will never be the same again.