Contrary to a lot of teaching, solid Bible instruction teaches us not to think so much with our heads but with our hearts:
â€œFor as he thinks in his heart, so is heâ€ (Prov. 23:7 NKJV).
â€œThe upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaksâ€ (Luke 6:45 Amp).
â€œBut what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART “— that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.â€¦ â€œ(Rom. 10:8-10 NIV).
None of these verses says anything suggesting that the brain is our main source of spiritual direction because unless itâ€™s transformed, it is easily deceived. The kingdom of God works by changing the heart (in every circumstance), and then speaking what the heart has received as a Holy Spirit-quickened Word with your mouth. The above Scripture acts as â€œtemplateâ€ for all phases of our salvation â€“ eternal, physical and inner healing, and of course transformation of the mind. Until transformation of the mind is well on its way, a carnal Christianâ€™s thoughts may often be diametrically opposed to those of God:
â€œFor those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on andseek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. [That is] because the mind of the flesh [with its carnal thoughts and purposes] is hostile to God, for it does not submit itself to Godâ€™s Law; indeed it cannotâ€ (Rom. 8:5-7 Amp).â€
Most believers assume if theyâ€™ve been born again, they think like God thinks. This isnâ€™t possible until heart change occurs. A heart/brain that is filled with humanistic/secular knowledge, as most Christians have catered to most of their lives, may not move very well in the kingdom because â€œHis ways are not our waysâ€ (Isa. 55:8). Great things can happen as our spirit, soul and bodies are given to God, and we receive His downloads from heaven through our spirit that transfers that understanding to the mind and brain. As I have written in my book, Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls, our spirit needs to be sanctified and healed. The soul, although saved eternally by Godâ€™s grace, is essentially â€œneutralâ€ until it is moved on by the fruit of the spirit or the works of the flesh (Gal. 5:19-22). Hence, we can live like a Christian one moment, and act like the devil the next UNTIL Godâ€™s deep transformation is incorporated into our lives â€“ and that most often takes a lifetime! If you doubt this, consider two murder cases right here in Birmingham in which an associate Baptist pastor and a Methodist pastor were alleged to have killed their wives. Do you think they were not familiar with what the Bible teaches? Had their heads full of verses?
The Book of James (writing to Christians) says clearly that our selfish demands can result in murder. The text below intimates that hate is synonymous with murder. When we give way to hate over an extended period of time, a demon of murder invades and tempts one to commit the physical act of murder:
â€œYou are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy and anger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war. You do not have, because you do not ask 3Â [Or] you do ask [God for them] and yet fail to receive, because you ask with wrong purpose and evil, selfish motives. Your intention is [when you get what you desire] to spend it in sensual pleasuresâ€ (James 4:2,3).
Science agrees with the Word of God
Science agrees that the heart thinks: (http://consciouslifenews.com/scientific-evidence-heart-intelligent-electromagnetic-field-generator-thinks/1164049/heart_angel/)
Have you ever wondered why the heart is the first organ to function during the fetal development process? One of the reasons why the heart is the first organ to function is, because it is an electromagnetic field generator that acts like a broadcasting device. As the heart beats, it sends out electromagnetic waves that contain essential information. All cells of the fetus receive these waves of information; therefore, they affect how the fetus is developed.
Below is an excerpt from my book Staradigm that discusses about the intelligence and roles of the heart.
The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, because it is one of the main mediums for connecting us to each other and the Universe. Conventional science has taught us that the main role of the heart is to pump blood to all the systems of our body. This definition of the heart is not very accurate. Besides pumping blood, the heart also has an intelligence of its own.
According to neurocardiologists, 60 to 65 percent of heart cells are neuron cells, not muscle cells.2 This discovery has helped them develop experiments that have proved the heart works similar to the brain and in some ways is even superior to the brain. This may be the reason that the heart is the first organ to function after conception. Within about 20 days after conception, the heart starts to function, but the brain does not function until after roughly 90 days. This information tells us that the brain is secondary to the heart.
The heart gives us universal characteristic and the brain gives us individual characteristic. For this reason, the heart holds the key to bonding with others. Because the heart gives us universal characteristic and is the key to bonding, if we want to live in a world filled with peace and love, we need to listen and think more with our hearts instead of only our brains. Through the hidden power of the heart, we can achieve universal understanding; therefore, living in a world filled with peace and love is possible.
Another article you may be interested in: http://www.organicauthority.com/health/can-your-heart-think-for-itself.html
The writerâ€™s last statement is interesting, isnâ€™t it? Most rock/romantic songs are filled with references to love, but they are usually not godly but based on humanistic love, or as teacher Bob Mumford calls it, â€œlove with a hook.â€ This selfish love is diametrically opposed to Godâ€™s love, known as agape (Greek) found throughout the Bible. We must receive it before we can give it! Overcoming ourselves to walk consistently as a Christian will require overcoming â€œThe Seven Giants of Eros,â€ as defined by Bob in his book, The Agape Road:
Look Good â€“ Over-concern for appearance or image rather than character. Look Good is not just concerned with outward appearance, but with creating a reputation that is not established in truth. It involves an improper or illegal search for originality, uniqueness in dress, language, automobile, skills, etc. It will pay any price and exerts a tremendous amount of effort to preserve its image. (Matthew 6:1)
Feel Good â€“ The pure pleasure principle. Feel Good avoids pain and discomfort at any cost, is committed to personal pleasure or gain, and is given to the senses or is sensual. It controls the emotions, mind, and heart and is the source or first cause of all compulsive and addictive behavior. (James 4:3)
Be Right â€“ The inability to admit that we are wrong. A â€œknow-it-allâ€ paralyzed by the domino theory â€“ if wrong once, how can we be sure we have ever been right? Because the mind rules the emotions, Be Right is focused, controlled, and overly committed to his or her own evaluations, ideas, and concepts. The fear of being wrong or challenged makes them increasingly rigid â€“ a form of stubbornness and rebellion. Be Right often uses anger and rage as protective mechanism to prevent being discovered. (Job 40:8)
Stay in Control â€“ Demands to have his hands on the steering wheel â€“ He always wants to be in control because then everyone is safe and the results are guaranteed. Because he thinks he is god, Stay in Control must determine the outcome of everything for everyone. He experiences anxiety regarding the future because it may be just beyond his control. Stay in Control refuses to take no for an answer. He is a control freak determined to have everything and everyone that touches his sphere of life within his power and subject to his influence. (Esther 1:12)
Have a Hidden Agenda â€“ He is covert with words of peace and a heart of criticism. Hidden Agenda is like a snowball with a rock in it. With this Giant in operation, we lie in ambush with undisclosed motives, watching for weakness and vulnerability, ready to spring the trap, which has been disguised and then set with lies or half-truths. We hide one thing in our hearts while proclaiming another. This Giant is a user; it seeks to use life, people, and every situation to advance his own interests. (Matthew 10:26-27)
Take Personal Advantage â€“ This Giant uses others to accomplish its own agenda. It is constantly maneuvering for title, position, or recognition. When he is not the center of attention, he suffers envy and pain. We ask â€œwhatâ€™s in it for me?â€ and will help others only if it directly benefits us. Selfish ambition. (Jude 1:16)
Remain Undisturbed â€“ Unwilling to be inconvenienced. Undisturbed is not as blatant as the other six â€“ he is insidious, secretive, subtle, and sophisticated. This Giant disguises himself as the need for stability, perhaps as the need to preserve his reputation or the honor of respectability when more is asked of him than he wants to give. Undisturbed says, â€œI will follow you, but I cannot follow you that far!â€ It is that subtle difference between admiration for Christ and identification with Him. (Jeremiah 48:11 and Luke 10:30-35)
When Jesus called people to follow Him closely, He said the first thing was to deny ourselves and take up our cross (Luke 9:23). This denial of self by dying daily sets up the opportunity to defeat these 7 Giants and learn to hear with our heart, which is easily deceived:
â€œThe heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?â€ (Jer. 17:9 KJV)
The answer is our spirit working in concert with the Holy Spirit to show us whatâ€™s in us:
â€œBut, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
Yet to us God has unveiled and revealed them by and through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring and examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond manâ€™s scrutiny]. FOR WHAT PERSON PERCEIVES (KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS) WHAT PASSES THROUGH A MANâ€™S THOUGHTS EXCEPT THE MANâ€™S OWN SPIRIT WITHIN HIM? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of Godâ€ (1 Cor. 2:9-11).
Thinking with your heart is challenging but not impossible. A quiet heart that submits to Godâ€™s Spirit can hear His thoughts, but this requires vigilance and time spent alone with the Father. Are you game in this pressure-filled chaotic world? Start by understanding how LOUD your thoughts are. If you discern that â€“ even when you pray â€“ you canâ€™t focus on Godâ€™s love thoughts to you; meditation on Him and His Word should be your main goal until the spirit in you rules over your head.