Have you ever been exhorted to take a truth from God’s word to the next level—from “head knowledge” to “heart knowledge”?
It seems to make sense on the surface. Most of us have had times where we know something to be true, yet have a hard time feeling like it is true.
I know God cares about me but… I know I can trust Him, but… I know he gives me the strength to resist temptation, but…
So, how exactly do we go about taking something from head knowledge to heart knowledge?
Are there steps we can take to execute a mystical transfer from our thoughts to our affections? Or are we just supposed to will ourselves to believe it more? I’m pretty sure the answer to both of these questions is, “No.” Why? Because, as far as I can tell, the Bible never makes any such distinction between types of knowledge.
It speaks of natural wisdom vs. spiritual wisdom, and it speaks of knowledge vs. lack of knowledge—but never head knowledge vs. heart knowledge.
The problem is not our inability to move truth to the proper location in our being, but our refusal to appropriate truth into our lives.
In other words, the things we know to be true become faith when we live like they are true.
If we sit around and wait to feel right about what we know before we live it, we are approaching things all backward. Emotions usually follow action and investment. It is perseverance in practicing what we know that builds faith and confidence in God. In this, we give God opportunities to show himself faithful…and he always will.
Colossians 1:9-10 (NASB)
… that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God
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