The Mind Versus The Heart


The heart is the connecting point of all realms. Everything in those realms is settled in and by the heart. The heart is where God’s Spirit, my spirit, my soul, my flesh and the world connect. It’s the pivotal point for everything. Upon my heart, like a fulcrum, are balanced the scales for life and death. Like I said in “Clues to Resistance,” the heart is the needle on the record of my life. It’s the point of contact between my God, my self and my world.

We can’t live without the heart—not spiritually, physically or emotionally. The heart is the center of me, the “me” He created. Christ is the center of all Life, and my heart is where His centrality and my center meet. We just can’t get out of dealing with the heart.

When we exalt the head and kill the heart, we separate ourselves from God. I’m not elevating feelings over Truth. Though my heart experiences my feelings, the heart is not confined to feelings. The heart is beyond the soul (mind, will and emotions); in fact, it is the point of connection where I direct my life, like a rudder.

Attempting to maneuver this life by thinking alone makes me very flat. I know many two dimensional Christians who have killed their hearts and live by facts. They are debaters, opinion makers, and dictators, but alive? Not so much. I’ve also found that most, if not all of them, are liars. To live without the heart is to come at everything with clinical pride unsullied by actual living. You just can’t truly live without a heart. The heart is where His Truth and all that is me connect, and it’s there that everything must be settled.

The reason that terrible Monday was such a war was because everything was hitting my heart. My heart was – and really always is – a battlefield. This is why Satan tries to get us to shut our hearts down. If he can get us to live from the head alone, we will become powerless and ineffective. The mind can argue and debate, but in the heart is where Truth and my reality effect change. Life is settled in the heart, not the head.

There is a battle, the mind versus the heart. I have made many choices in this life that have not affected my course one bit. I decided without involving my heart. I said it, I thought it, but I didn’t choose it, which is only actually done in the heart. That is like trying to change my direction by screaming into the wind but not turning the wheel.

The heart is the place of meeting for God and me. Though I can’t fix myself, I can honestly deal with Him there in that place. The heart is the seat and center of human life, and is where the issues of the spirit and the will are settled.

O Lord, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
Psalm 15:1-2 NASB


Posted by Irene
February 11, 2015 at 8:26 am

This is amazing. Within the last week or so, I ordered the Watchman Nee booklet bundle from Living Christian Books. There are over 30 booklets in that bundle, so how does one decide which to read first? I asked the Holy Spirit and He directed me to one titled “The Renewing of The Mind”. In that booklet, Nee discusses these very things. It Has been very helpful to me, and now your post John gives greater clarity. Thank you.

Posted by Marsela
February 10, 2015 at 11:43 pm

This thing you have described John, it’s so vital, and you explain it so very well. ” The heart is the meeting place with God” that’s why as you say, “it’s a battlefield always, and the enemy tries so hard to shut our hearts down”.
As born again believers, when we move from living from our heart to our head, we feel out of place, we sense it, there is no peace, we have moved from that rest, we operate in our independent self, and that’s death.
” keep your heart with all diligence”, not the head, “for the issues of life, come out from there”. Yes, to live from the heart is to live in reality, in truth. Thank you!

Posted by Sam
February 10, 2015 at 12:58 pm

John, I am amazed at this sharing, and I got very intrigued here and there. You talk of the heart as being “beyond” our will (which belongs to our soul, along with emotions and thoughts). But then you talk of choosing… “I said it, I thought it, but I didn’t choose it, which is only actually done in the heart.”

Ok, I am trying to get what you are trying to say. One thing is the soul… and then another thing is the heart, and then you say all those powers of the soul connect at one point: our heart. But isn’t my heart my will? I mean, every time I really choose, I have chosen from my heart. Is there any other way to really choose than from the heart? If I didn’t choose from my heart, I didn’t choose at all!

I am not trying anything here but you to expand on this. I once had an inner vision of my will dancing with Him, emotions and mind seated in the first row, watching and even being “moved” by this dance. They were there, but the one in the stage near Him (in touch with) was my will.

Maybe the heart is the whole theater?



    Posted by John
    February 11, 2015 at 7:43 am

    YES, you’re right, the heart is where the will is activated.

    “But isn’t my heart my will? I mean, every time I really choose, I have chosen from my heart. Is there any other way to really choose than from the heart? If I didn’t choose from my heart, I didn’t choose at all!”

      Posted by Sam
      February 11, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Yes, yes. I got it. It is a “engaging” word.

Posted by Sandy
February 10, 2015 at 8:25 am

…what you have described here is what it means to be a child. It is what we must become to come to get know our God as our Father, is it not? It is the child that loves the Father…the Truth…

Posted by Tammy
February 10, 2015 at 7:36 am

So much truth…thank you John.


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