The Mind Versus The Heart

The Mind Vs. The Heart

The heart is the connecting point of all my realms. Everything in these 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 “Resistance: Clues from My Heart,” 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.

Living Without the Heart

Living Without the Heart
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.

Mind versus the Heart

Mind versus the Heart

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 crisis in traffic 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.

The Battlefield: Mind versus the Heart

The Battlefield: Mind versus the Heart
There is a battle, the mind versus the heart. I’ve 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 my 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

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    • Tammy

      So much truth…thank you John.

    • Sandy

      …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…

    • Marsela

      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!

    • Irene

      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.

    • Pauline

      “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.” Needed that, John.
      Preoccupied with thoughts and desires from self; ruled by emotions; looking at facts — not much attention given to the heart, in fact, I probably know very little of what’s going on in my heart.
      Thank you for expressing how crucial this is.
      No big promises or noble intentions; need to start by trusting God to change my direction — towards Truth. (Ps 51:6)
      Love you, John!

      • shulamite

        Well said. Thank you for the encouragement. Do you remember the message of the month, The World of the Heart, it relates to this very specifically. Love you Pauline!

        • Pauline

          No, I do not, but just ordered it . . . thank you for mentioning it!
          Bless you!

    • Winnie

      Oh! so true is the battle between our mind and heart.
      I have learned throughout life’s journey that my Lord and Savior has no problem offending my mind to affect my ❤️.
      How I thank Him for His relentless love to not leave me to my reasonings but gives me discernment that makes me to know truth in my innermost being as David quotes in Psalm 51:6 TPT
      “I know that you delight to set your truth deep in my spirit. So come into the hidden places of my heart and teach me wisdom.”

    • Sandy

      The amazing heart life you describe here, with your words (and that last crazy cool image), I embrace and welcome completely!

      It’s the mind issue that has been keeping me awake at night… I read the words head, separate, liars, ineffective, powerless, and I can’t stop thinking: is a “two dimensional Christian” saved???😒😢

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