Head Faith -VS- Heart Faith
By Pastor Bob Yandian
People often ask me to explain the difference between head faith and heart faith. People say they know the Bible says they are healed, but they are still sick. They know all their needs are supplied by His riches in glory by Christ Jesus, but they are still in a financial bind. The problem is a person may know God's promises in their head, but have not yet gotten the Word from their head to their heart. When a person is truly in faith, they know the promise of God is real regardless of circumstances, whether financial, physical, or relational.
Let me show you a scripture describing head faith and heart faith. First, let me show you head faith.
But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, “We have seen the Lord." But he said unto them, "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace be unto you.” Then saith he to Thomas, ”reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.”
Notice, Jesus said here, Thomas, if you have to reach forward and touch me, if you have to see me before you believe, then that is faithless. We could turn that around and say, "Thomas, you are 'lessfaith.' To see and feel before you believe is faithless.
And Thomas answered and said unto him, "My Lord and My God." Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Notice he said,” blessed are they.” Would you like to receive a blessing? The Word says you can receive a blessing if you will believe it before you see it. Jesus said you are blessed. You are not blessed if you are like Thomas and say,“I won’t believe until I see.” That is faith in the head--faith in the mind.
The mind is the central computer from which your senses feed. You don’t feel with your fingers, you feel with your mind because your mind tells you you are feeling. You don’t see with your eyes, you see with your mind. You don’t hear with your ears, you hear with your mind. He is saying if I can feel and see, then I will believe. In other words, he is saying,“I have to evaluate it in my mind before I will believe it. Jesus said, “Blessed are they that will believe and have not seen.” That takes heart faith.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (the Greek literally says Jesus as Lord), and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead (notice, you don’t believe in your mind, you believe in your heart), thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Verse 9 does not say you will be saved so you can confess Jesus as Lord. Verse 10 does not say you will receive salvation so you can believe unto righteousness. It says you believe unto righteousness and confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and then you are saved. You must believe it before you receive it. You must believe you receive it before you get it. This is what Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are they that have not seen and yet believe."
The Word of God shows you the difference between soul and spirit. “The Word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.” (Hebrews 4:12)
You have been confused, wondering why the Bible says you are healed even though you are still sick. Why does the Bible say you are prosperous and you have no money in your checking account? The Word of God will show you whether you have faith in your soul or your spirit. The Word of God divides asunder.
Where do you have faith? You may have moved from the thirty-fold to the sixty-fold, but so often we get smug around that point and think we are a hundred-folder.
The Word shows us the difference. John 20:29 says,” Blessed are they that have not seen, yet believe.”
If someone asked if you were born again, you would say you were. You may not feel like it or look like it, but you are. You cannot explain what salvation looks like or feels like, but you still have it. Why do you believe you are saved? Because the Word of God says you are! Salvation is in your spirit. That is heart faith.
If you died, you know you would go to heaven. People may ask you questions about heaven like, "Have seen heaven?" No. "Have you ever been to heaven?" No. "Do you know where it is?" No. "Are you going there?" Yes! These are all questions natural men will ask. These are questions from the mind, but your answer is in your heart. You are sure you are going to heaven in your heart because the Word of God says so. This is heart faith.
It has to be the same with healing. You must believe you are healed despite what your mind tells you. You must believe you are healed before you receive your healing.
The Word says He already took your infirmities and bare your sickness. (Matthew 8:17) Therefore, you must believe and confess you are healed with your mouth, before the manifestation will come. Until then, it doesn’t matter what people say, what your mind tells you, or what the symptoms tell you. You simply say,“ I believe it because the Word says so.”
Many say, “I can’t say I am healed until I feel like it.” That is like Thomas. Many people will not say they are healed until the symptoms disappear. That is head faith and not heart faith.
Jesus said, “Blessed are they that believed and have not seen.” You are blessed if you believe without receiving the manifestation.
The Word says, “For with the heart man believeth and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." (Romans 10:16) The Greek word for salvation is the same word used for healed.
Some of us have remained thirty-folders and stopped at salvation. We don’t dare press on to sixty-fold and a hundred-fold. We don’t apply everything else in the same light as salvation, but we should. Healing is the same as our salvation. It has to be the same way with “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” You have to believe you are prosperous while your checkbook says you are not. Are you going to believe your checkbook or God's Word?
You have to believe it manifests itself. You must confess you are saved and believe you are saved before you get saved. For with the mouth confession is made unto (resulting in) salvation, healing and prosperity.
The Word of God is consistent. It revolves around the same principle throughout. It is the same whether it be healing, finances, salvation or anything we receive from God. You may say you are not going to believe it until you see it or feel it. You do not believe with your eyes. Your eyes are made to see with, not to believe with. Your ears are made to hear w ith, not to believe with. Your hands are made to feel with, not to believe with. Your mind is made to think with, not to believe with.
The easiest way to determine if the Word is in your head or your heart is whether you believe what the Word says. Look at Philippians 4:4. “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Do you believe that? If you do, are you doing it?
This is the way to see if faith is in your head or in your heart. If the Word says it and you believe it, are you doing it? How can I praise God? I don’t feel like it. Alright, Thomas!
First Thessalonians 5:16 says, “Rejoice evermore.” Verse 18 says, “In everything give thanks.” James 1:2 says,” Count it all joy.” You know the Bible says it, but are you doing it? This is the test of whether faith is in your heard or in your heart. Psalm 34:1 says, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Not just sometimes, but at all times. When you know what the Word says but you don’t want to do it you are being like Thomas. You may say, “How can I praise the Lord when I don’t feel like it?” You may think, “If I say it when I don’t feel it, then it is a lie,” but is it a lie to say you are saved when you don’t feel like it? Just because it is beyond the realm of the five senses doesn't mean agreeing with the Word of God is a lie. The Word is truth.
Jesus said, “Thy Word is truth.” To agree with the Word of God is not telling a lie. To agree with the Word of God even though your body hurts is not a lie anymore than believing you are saved when you don’t feel like it.
What happens to darkness when light comes? It leaves. Light always overrides darkness. NEVER vice-versa. The same thing is true for a lie and the truth. Truth will always change a lie, but a lie will never change the truth. What happens to the symptoms in your body when you begin to agree and confess what the W ord says about your healing? Eventually, the symptoms go away.
That should tell you something about the Word over your symptoms. Your symptoms are the lie and the Word is the truth. To say you are healed when you don’t feel like it is to say the truth. Therefore, your feelings will have to change because they are a lie.
You may say you have as disease in your body. That is a lie. The Word says with His stripes you are healed. That is the truth. The truth will change the lie. When Jonah was in the belly of the whale, he began to confess his sin to the Lord and said, “I will go and do the Lord’s will.” He turned and looked at the belly of the whale, and called it a lying vanity. In Jonah 2:10 he states,” And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”
He began to rejoice in the belly of the whale and called that whale a lying vanity. He did not say it did not exist. That is like saying a lie doesn’t exist. A lie does exist, but a lie can be changed. The truth can never be changed.
If you confess that you are sick, you have not changed the Word. You cannot change the truth. The truth will
always exist. When heaven and earth passes away, the Word will still be here.
The world is going to hell on a lie. Jesus has already saved them . He has already gone to the cross and borne the sins of the world and the devil is feeding them a lie. What the world needs to do is find the Word of God, which is truth, and confess with their mouth that Jesus has already borne their sins, already borne their infirmities and confess the truth. When they do, the lie will change and they will be born again. Lies change under the truth. Darkness dissipates with the light.
The next time you get down to a quarter in your checkbook, pull it out, set it on the table and laugh at it. I suggest you do it in private because your family may not understand. When you first start to speak it, it is not going to sound right because your mind has not been renewed. It will go contrary to everything your mind has been taught.
Notice, Romans 12:2 says, “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.” Your mind has been conformed to this world all your life, and now you have to transform it by the renewing of your mind by God’s Word. The trouble we still feed off the television two or three hours a day and we don’t put enough time into the Word.
The television tells you how the world thinks and keeps your mind in that realm until you finally begin to agree with what television says. You have not changed the Word, but you have substantiated the lie.
As you look at that checkbook on the table, just begin to laugh at it and call it a lying vanity. Believe the unchangeable Word of God, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) My account on earth has twenty-five cents, but my heavenly bank account cannot be exhausted. I cannot tap all the resources there. You w ill w atch that lie begin to change as God begins to bring in the finances.
As you begin to speak and believe His Word before you see it, God said you are blessed. Blessed going out and blessed coming in, blessed in the field and blessed in the city, blessed wherever you go. You are blessed because you believe and have not seen. The seeing will have to change because you are believing. Therefore, the manifestation will come and you will begin to see it. God’s Word is truth.
BY Pastor Bob Yandian, Grace Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bob Yandian Ministries www.precepts.com
Copyright 2009 by Bob Yandian Ministries.