As sons and daughters of God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), the nature of Kingdom life on earth is FAITH. The only way we can genuinely succeed as new nature children of God is by conducting our lives with intentional and purposeful confidence in God.
To walk by faith, however, requires “two sides of the coin” to function together.
If you grew up as I did, you heard it said many times that we must believe in our hearts and not merely with our heads. Did that ever confuse you? It did me.
(If I believe with my heart, does that mean I really, really believe with every fiber of my being?? Maybe that’s why ‘real believers’ look like they are constipated when they pray. They’re believing in their hearts??)
There was such an emphasis on facts and rational thought in our society (and church teaching) that any time I attempted to believe with my heart, I was still attempting to do so by applying logic to my tries as the test.
After all, what does it mean to believe with one’s heart? What’s the difference between believing in my head and with my heart?
The Difference Between Head and Heart
In simple terms, the difference is the ‘language’ the head uses vs. the heart’s vocabulary.
Head Language: Systematic, rational logic.
Heart Language: Symbolic perceptions, and feelings.
Contemporary Faith’s Missing Piece
Scriptural promises are taught and memorized. The verses are claimed and declared. This is all good and necessary…but incomplete. It’s only the head part.
Don’t misunderstand. We have to have the head part. But, we also have to have activation of the other side of the coin. The energy produced by the heart is necessary to transform the facts into functioning manifestation.
Because of the missing piece in many people’s faith, they begin to think that either their faith isn’t ‘working,’ or God isn’t responding.
(The error of God ‘not responding’ is a whole other topic)
What if we’re ‘flying in circles’ because our ‘bird’ only had one wing?
What I am speaking of in this article is something that was commonplace in the early centuries of the church, but has been lost to much of The Faith in the past several hundred years.
The Lord began speaking to me about this over 35 years ago, when I was praying for a gentleman who, at that time, was a part of the congregation I pastored.
As I was praying for the man, the thought arose within me, “What would it look like if I answered your prayer?”
You see…visualization has been hijacked, not created, by the New Age movement. It is important to “see” in our imaginations what we are praying for.
What we see in our hearts is what we believe.
We visualize all the time when we worry…with negative results. What we actually believe is what will eventually manifest into reality.
There’s a second part to “seeing” as you pray. Allow the visualized answer to lingering long enough to begin feeling it with your emotions. Hold on to both edges of that sword for a bit. Then declare what your heart is seeing and feeling.
This is also important: When you are praying something for yourself, give the prayer a direction, from the Word, with your intellect, and give it energy with your heart. Let the basis of your emotion be gratitude.
When the prayer is for someone else, do all the same things except do so on the basis of compassion.
Btw…the answer to the prayer I mentioned earlier, came to be just as I imagined and felt it. Sometimes answers will be manifest quickly. At times, it may take a little longer. However, the answer will probably come faster than you originally imagined.
The flesh will try to insert contradictory vision “what ifs.” Ignore them. Your rational concern may try to reason with you that your fear is reasonable…but stop. That’s a distraction born of the flesh.
I am not promoting what the Bible calls, “…because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)
Our requests need to be thought out, and in accordance with the Scriptures as directed by the Holy Spirit.
The Process Of A Complete Faith
- Thought through with the head
- Energized by the heart’s symbolic perceptions
- Felt with emotions of success according to the request
- Confessed as real with the mouth.