Percy Bysshe Shelley said, “Belief is a passion, or involuntary operation of the mind, and like other passions, its intensity is precisely proportionate to the degree of excitement.”
Romans 10:8-11 says, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.” KJV
Paul desires Israel to be saved. The Jews were zealous for God, but were ignorant of His righteousness. Justification is by faith, and faith is counted as righteousness. Verse 8 says, “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;” The Word is sown in the heart, and Matthew 12:34 says, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh..” KJV
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus made clear that the seed was the Word of God, and the four types of soil was found in the hearts of men. In other words, the Word is sown in the heart, where faith takes root and flourishes. When Paul said to the Romans (10:9), “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved,” he was clear on the fact that believing comes from the heart, not from your head. It is not your intellectualism that springs forth faith; it is the Word of God that has been sown into your heart!
Believing is my heart reaching for God. At the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus taught the people. This was a feast designed for rejoicing. The political situation of the day caused much unrest. There were a variety of opinions about who Jesus was. In this setting Jesus speaks these words from John 7:37-38, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.” Jesus did not mean that out of your belly would flow rivers of living water. As a result of believing on Him, (The Word), out of your heart would flow the gift of the Holy Ghost as a flowing river.
Mark 11:22-24 “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. 24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” KJV Believing comes from your heart, not from your head! When you believe from your heart anything is possible.
Proverbs 3:1-6 “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” KJV
There are three blessings you receive when God’s Word is in your heart:
- Length of days, which is time management.
- Long life which simply stated is that you will not die before your time
- Peace that is not an emotion, but a state of being
If God were to direct your path you wouldn’t find yourself wasting time or energy on activities or investments that were doomed to failure, rather everything would you set your hand to would prosper. Joshua 1:8 says, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
Luke 12:15-21 “15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. 20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Jesus was always talking about getting the heart right and the importance of investing in the heart. Verse 21 gives us a contrast between the man who invests in the outward man and the foolishness of it with the man who invests in his heart is rich towards God. Verse 22, and verse 31 give us a benefit of believing from the heart:
“And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Jesus was saying that if we invest in our heart the things of this life shall be added to you.
Take a look at the blessings of believing from the heart. Luke 12:32-33 says, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.” KJV
Do you recall Proverbs 23:7 where it says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he?” By the Word of God getting into your heart you become what the Word teaches. As a result of this you will become a giver. Something we have to dwell on here, you cannot hold the Word in your heart for your own good; you have to share it. You’ll become a dead sea in a hurry if you do that. That’s the giving we’re talking about. For you cannot receive what God has for you if you’re not giving away what is in your heart and life.
One point on money here: Verse 33 said, “Sell that ye have, and give alms.” Tithing alone will not bring God’s blessings upon you. You have to consider the needs of others as well. When you give to the needs of others, God will give to your need. Verse 33 continues with, “provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not.” Provide your inner man as a depository of heavenly treasure that does not get old. Open up your heart for spiritual things from God to flow out from you as a mighty river.
Verse 34 says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” What is the most important thing in your life? The things of this life that are corruptible, that a thief can steal, and moths can destroy? Or, is the Word of God and heavenly things. What is in your heart is what you will receive!
Hebrews 3:8-11 says, “Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.”
The provocation speaks of the time when the Israelites wandered through the wilderness, and were faithless. This was a time in their history that they saw their circumstances through their natural eyes, rather than eyes of faith. God said, “I am with you always,” while they said, “ We are not able. God told them that no man would stand before them, while they said that the people were giants. God said that He would send the captain of the Lord’s army before them, while they said the inhabitants of the land were strong and fortified in great cities. We do the same thing when God says, ye are healed, and we reply, I am so sick, I need a doctor. Or, when God says, nothing shall be impossible for you, and we say, “It’s impossible.” Or, God says, “I will supply all your need,” and we say that we can’t afford to give to God since our need is so great. Where is your source of faith? Within your own resources, or from your heart where the Word of God is stored, and built up in you?
Be a believer in your heart of the things that are true in God’s Word and you will rest in the Lord totally confident that God is able and willing to perform His Word. God said it; I believe it, that settles it! Remember the source of belief is in your heart, believing is simply reaching for more of God, and there are great blessings when we believe with our whole heart what God has said.