By “heart” here, I mean our innermost spiritual being. What we believe in our HEARTS is very important. It is not always the same as what we mentally assent to. There are many things that we as Christians would say we agree are true without these truths affecting the deepest part of our being.
God has built a certain amount of protection for our hearts, so that not everything we casually hear goes straight to the heart. If this were not so, every negative thing in the world, every false philosophy, would immediately challenge our worldview and undermine our faith. So God protects us so that our minds filter out a great deal of what we hear or think about. But this means also that unless we are INTENTIONAL, our minds will filter out a great deal of the truth of God. We say we believe God loves us because the Bible says so – but there are many times when that truth is not believed at the core of our beings. And this really limits our faith.
How to Move Things From Head to Heart
God gets His truth into the hearts of people in different ways. We cannot always say how God does it. One of the ways truth penetrates is by means of a gifted and consecrated person speaking the Word of God. Anointed Bible teachers and preachers should carry a power that makes their messages penetrate the hardness of the hearts of the hearers. The same words can be uttered by two different people. In one case, the hearers are changed. In another case, no one is moved. I think the reasons for this are complex and manifold. It has a lot to do with the prayer that is at the back of the communication. A man or woman given to prayer has far greater impact through their words than someone who does not pray. Also, someone who is called and gifted to preach and teach a message will have a greater ability to get to the hearts of people.
This means it is very good to take time to listen to people with a proven anointing. But there is another way we can get the truth of God into our hearts. This way is more methodical and systematic. It might seem a bit forced, but it works. It is through verbal meditation.
The reality is – we believe the things we hear OURSELVES say more than the things we hear OTHERS say. Unless we know we are deliberately lying – that is. When we hear with our inner ears the words of our own mouths, and when our mouths are talking, we are more likely to be receptive to what is being said. We can’t hear contrary thoughts at the same time as we are speaking.
The Bible says, “My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” (Psalm 45:1). What does this pen of the tongue actually write on? Not paper or clay tablets, obviously. No, this pen writes on hearts. You can use this pen to write on your own heart. How? By meditating on the Word of God. This involves repetitive speaking or muttering of fragments of the Word of God to yourself – see this article. One reason I have compile so many Prayers and Confessions of the Word of God is so that you and I can have some relevant resources, organised by topic, to draw on for muttering to ourselves. If we mutter something repeatedly it is very likely that it will be eventually written on our heart and mind in such a way as to stay with us. This is important – because we do not want the seed of the Word of God to be taken away by “the birds of the air” – demons (agents of Satan) . Jesus, in the parable of the sower, told us that this often happens to the Word of God.
And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. (Mark 4:15)
We need to be careful how we hear God’s word. We need to be careful about our attitude. We need to avoid those attitudes and actions against God that would harden our hearts to God’s Word. That being said, one way to penetrate the hardness that may be there is to REPEAT to ourselves the truths of God, by repeating the words of Scripture – perhaps personalised for us.
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.(Proverbs 18:20,21)