For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10, KJV)
The scripture above says we believe with our hearts. The heart in the scripture is usually the center of our inner life, of our emotions, thoughts, and will. Furthermore, our inner life is actually made up of the spirit and the soul. There is a difference between the spirit and the soul, as I have been teaching about this on our Thursday live Bible studies. However, there is a misconception of what that difference is. Space will not allow me to explain this here fully, so please listen to the prior teachings on our website for more clarification.
We have been taught that it is our human spirit, as distinct from the soul(mind) that believes God. That means when I believe in faith, it is my spirit believing not my mind. This right here is a serious problem. While we are alive here on the earth, the spirit does not function SEPARATELY from the mind in the way many of us think. It is not as though your spirit believes while your mind does not believe. And generations of believers are wondering how to believe with their spirit! Your spirit functions in mind as one, yet it is distinct from it.
The word “believe” simply means to accept as true. There is nothing mysterious about it. It is not as complicated as we have made it. The word “heart” here is not referring exclusively to the human spirit but to the whole inner human life, both spirit, and soul. I remember often trying to do things “with my spirit, and not my mind”, because that is how I was taught. No! You do not have to struggle to do something with your spirit, such as being quiet, focused to “silence the mind and allow the spirit operate)”! God did not make you to live outside of your body and mind. If you read what I am writing here and you accept it as true, you have just believed. It is that simple. It is a remarkable reality of the dual operation of the human spirit and the mind in accepting divine truth.
You can train your heart to believe God. Your mind accepts the truth, but that tendency or even impulsive uncontrollable influence that makes you believe is the workings of the spirit as the source of that influence. The Word of God does something remarkable inside of us. It creates a tendency, the influence, the inclination of the heart to believe the Word. That is why as you receive more of the Word, it becomes easier and easier for you to believe. You can take things further. Take a moment to ensure that you have accepted as true what you are reading in the Word. That is the beginning of faith. You will be shocked to find out that there are hundreds of scriptures you know which you truly do not accept as true. Give attention to train your heart in the scriptures. Give your mind in meditation until you come to the place of ACCEPTING the word you are meditating on as true and move beyond just KNOWING them. Train your heart in the Word.
Is it possible to accept as true something which you do not understand? NB. This is not the difference between soul and spirit but believing and understanding, both of which are operations of the soul.
APPLY THE WORD
Pay attention to what you have accepted in the Word. Faith begins with believing, which is accepting the Word as true. Have you accepted God’s words about you as true?
Ask the Lord to help you train your heart in faith through the operation of the Word and the Spirit.