I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1, 2)
Notice the statement at the end of verse 2, "by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Mark 4:20 states, "But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it,and bear fruit: some thirty-fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
I have talked to so many people who have begun to mature in the Word. The Word of God has begun to manifest itself in their lives. But, they constantly seem to be having trouble in certain areas. They say, "I don't have any trouble with healing, I never fail to get my body healed when I stand on the Word of God. I just take the Word of God and believe that Jesus took my infirmities and bare my sickness and with His stripes, I was healed and therefore, I have no trouble getting healed. But, I have trouble in other areas. My pocketbook is always empty, even though I know the Word says, "My needs are supplied according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). The question is, "Why?"
I talk to others and they say, "I have no trouble at all with finances. I put God to the test and always know that Philippians 4:19 is true. I know that God is the supplier of all my needs. But, I can't get my body healed. I'm good in certain areas, but I'm not good in others."
Some say, "I have my needs met and I can walk in healing, but I am always oppressed. I can always pull out the scriptures and know what they say, but I am still oppressed. I'm not having some trouble in other areas, can you tell me why?"
Not everyone is a hundredfolder. Some of us have got to thirty fold some have left thirty fold behind and gone on to the sixty fold, but not everyone has got to the hundredfold stage. Praise God, we are shooting for it. We all seem to have certain areas that we just latch onto easily, but we have problems with other areas. If you ever notice, the devil doesn't hit you with the problems in the area in which you are strong, he always finds the areas in which you are weak. Sometimes, I thank the devil for attacking me. He showed me what my weak point was. If he hadn't come along, I wouldn't have known I was weak there.
The devil always shows you what your weak points are and that should be the area you work hardest on. Learn to be strong in those areas.
I want you to see how to be strong and that is told us in Romans 12:2. It's by the renewing of your mind that you move from the good to the acceptable and then into the perfect will of God. From the thirty to the sixty to the hundredfold.
The renewing of your mind is a growing process. We should not have trouble with the area of salvation. If I were to ask you if you were saved, I am sure you would know you were. There is no trouble in that area because you have transferred that from your head to your heart.
Head Faith Verses Heart Faith
People often ask me to explain the difference between head faith and heart faith. You can look at the problems you are having and it is usually because you have it in your head, but not your heart. People say they know the Bible says they are healed, but they are still sick. They know that all their needs are supplied by his riches in glory by Christ Jesus, but they are still in a financial bind. It is because you haven't got the Word from your head to your heart. You believe what the Bible says, but do you really believe? If you really believed, you would know it was done despite what your pocketbook looked like, despite what your body says. You would know that the Word of God is real for those circumstances just as you do in the area of salvation.
Let me show you a scripture describing head faith and heart faith. First, let me show you head faith. John 20:24-27, "Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.”
So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.”
Notice that Jesus said here, "Thomas if you have to reach forward and touch me. If you have to see me before you believe, then that is faithless." We could turn that around and say, "Thomas, you are "less faith." To see and feel before you believe is faithless.
"And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Thomas because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:28, 29).
Notice he said, "blessed are those." Would you like to receive a blessing? The Word says you can receive a blessing if you will believe it before you see it. Jesus said you are blessed. You are not blessed if you are like Thomas and say, "I Won't believe until I see." That is faith in the head.
The mind is the central computer to which your senses feed. You don't feel with your fingers, you feel with your mind because your mind tells you you are feeling. You don't see with your eyes, you see with your mind. You don't hear with your ears, you hear with your mind. He is saying here that if I can feel and see, then I will believe. In other words, he is saying, "I have to evaluate it in my mind before I will believe it."
Faith in the Heart
Jesus said, "Blessed are they that will believe and have not seen" That takes heart faith.
Romans 10:9,10 says, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus (the Greek literally says Jesus as Lord) and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead (notice, you don't believe in your mind, you believe in your heart), you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." It does not say in verse 9 that you will be saved so that you can confess Jesus as Lord. It does not say in verse 10 that you will receive salvation so that you can believe unto righteousness and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and then you are saved. You have to believe it before you have it. You have to believe you get it before you get it. That is what Jesus told Thomas, "Blessed are they that have not seen and yet believe."
It is the Word of God that shows you the difference between soul and spirit. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12)
Have you ever wondered why the Bible says you are healed even though you are still sick? Why does the Bible say you are prosperous and yet you have no money in your checking account? It is the Word of God that will show you the difference as to whether it is in your soul or in your spirit.
Where do you have faith? You may have moved for the thirty fold to the sixty fold, but so often we get smug around that point and think we are a hundredfolder. It is the devil that has to show us, sometimes, that we are not in the hundredfold stage. Then, you have to get back into the Word of God to find you still have a long way to go.
"Your Word is Truth"
The Word shows us the difference. "Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed" (John 20:29).
The Word of God is consistent. It revolves around the same principle throughout. It is the same whether it be for healing, finances, salvation or anything we receive from God. You may say you are not going to believe it until you see it or feel it. You need to get it down on the inside of you that you do not believe with your eyes. Your eyes are made to see with, not believe. Your ears are made to hear with, not to believe with. Your hands are made to feel with, not to believe with. Your mind is made to think with, not to believe with.
Jesus said in John 17:17, "Your Word is truth." To agree with the Word of God is not telling a lie. To say with the Word of God that you are healed even though your body hurts, is not a lie anymore than believing you are saved when you don' feel like it.
What happens to darkness when light comes? It leaves. Light always overrides darkness. NEVER vice-versa. The same thing is true for a lie and the truth. Truth will always change a lie, but a lie will never change the truth. What happens to the symptoms in your body when you begin to agree and confess what the Word says about your healing? Eventually, the symptoms go away. This should tell you something about the Word over your symptoms. Your symptoms are the lie and the Word is the truth. To say you are healed when you don't feel like it is to say the truth. Therefore, your feelings will have to change because they are a lie.
As you begin to speak and believe His Word before you see it, God said you are blessed. The seeing will have to change because you are believing. Therefore, the manifestation will come and you will begin to see it. God's Word is truth.