From Head to Heart
I can’t tell you how many times I knew God’s word but didn’t live it out. How’s that for honest? But I'm sure you’ve been there too. For example: Have you ever been down in confidence and completely timid? We read 1 Timothy 1.7,New King James Version, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Bam! The word is so good, I read that and think, yeah, that’s true. . . But then I don't act on it, I don't activate God’s word. This isn’t always the case, but I’ve found that at times the word of God can sit in my head and never make it out of there. Christianity can at times be so much head knowledge rather than relational, rather than action. How do we get out of our heads and into our hearts, into our spirits? How do we get out of our heads and into action?
The Book of James 1.22-25, New Living Translation, so famously states this: “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” Sound familiar? Sound like you? It sounds like me! There’s no shame in that, we are growing in our faith always, and this is essential! Knowing that you cannot just be a hearer of the word, but a doer also changes the game! We can’t just eat up God’s word and not serve it out.
Faith is a verb, therefore it requires action. I think the easiest way to start to act on God’s word is to:
- Know it. Read your bible!
- Believe it.
- Act on the belief that you have.
It sounds so simple, yet it can be hard for some of us. Believing what the word says about us can be difficult if we don’t “feel” it. But hey, I'm here to tell you that faith isn’t feeling something, it’s believing in something! If the word says I do not have a Spirit of timidity, I'm going to believe and walk in the confidence of my Savior Jesus. Let’s do it ladies! Let’s awaken our faith like never before! Let us be women of God that aren’t just spitting out wisdom, but living out our faith as well. Let’s grow our roots down deep into Jesus and who He says we are.
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2.6-7, NLT.
Here’s what I’ve found works best to getting that head knowledge to my heart and into action:
- Proclaim the Word out loud! Tell yourself you are more than a conqueror. Tell yourself you are bold! Tell yourself you are loved, redeemed, righteous!
- Pray! James 2.6-7, NLT says this: “ If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1.5-8, NLT. God wants to pout his wisdom into your heart, but you need to be expectant to receive, ready to be changed!
- Know. Know that you can live out all that the word says you are because it is already true of you, you just need to accept it.
I’m so excited for you and I! If we can master believing all God says we are, how much more can we give over that same wisdom to others? Be blessed as you seek all that God has for you. He wants you to know how wonderful you are and to act on that as His precious daughter.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved
New Living Translation (NLT)
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.