The Heart Precedes the Mind

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Sometimes, God asks us to do something unreasonable, and our minds try to talk us out of it. The mind deals with information, and the spirit with revelation. It can be difficult for those two elements to coexist. But we must submit our mind to our spirit, as counseled in 1 Corinthians 2:14 — “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” We can only discern a prophetic word in our spirit.

We must return to the roots of our inherent spirituality and begin to believe as the early Christians did, who practiced their walk with the Lord.

When we become Christians we did not invite Jesus into our head: Faith is primarily an affair of the heart not the mind. Our mind will undoubtedly play its part but not from a place of logic but spiritual intuition because we must all daily “be renewed in the spirit of our mind” (Ephesians 4:23).

We received salvation from a fragment of the truth. We did not know the whole bible nor the whole history of Jesus. Someone and something touched our heart and we opened up to the claims of the Kingdom.

Our heart needs less data than our mind. Our spirit receives revelation our mind can only process information. When Jesus walked on water half his disciples were terrified thinking it was a ghost. Peter said “if it’s you Lord bid me come”. Jesus did not throw Peter an instruction manual on how to walk on water. He just smiled enigmatically and said one word. “Come”, was all He said and on the strength of that one word Peter walked on a substance he had no business being on, except that he had permission.

The mind acting alone will always require more information. It will have more questions and will want everything dotted and crossed before it makes a decision. The problem with that is that God will not explain Himself. He does not make proposals for our approval.

The heart is designed to respond to revelation, the mind is not. When we are renewed in the spirit of our mind it is because it has come under the rule of the heart regarding revelation.

The heart responds to God’s word in revelatory form. The mind follows the heart and our mind is empowered to think through the “how to” of God’s instruction. The command instruction to obey comes from the heart.

The way that we come into salvation is the way that salvation is sustained. As Jesus is established in our heart by the Holy Spirit we are also taught how to think as He thinks. Our mind must be under the rule of our heart or we are rendered useless for believing the impossible. The mind by itself can only rise to a possibility of something miraculous. We give mental assent to something without acknowledging the reality of it in spiritual terms.

It is our heart that recognizes the voice of God and sees His imprint on a situation. Our heart rises to the probability that something amazing is about to occur. We believe.

-an excerpt from Approaching the Heart of Prophecy 


Where are some circumstances where you struggled to be lead by your heart? Through prayer, conversation with the Father, or quiet reflection, how did you expand your faith and learn to respond to your circumstances with your heart? We love to hear and share your stories, so please send your story to us at support@brilliantbookhouse.com.

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