Mind, Heart? Heart, Mind? Which is it?

Posted: March 4, 2014 in Podcasts, Who Is "me"...?
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Please trust me i am going to get to the actual responses of Fight, Flight or Freeze but it seems to require a foundation for me to examine them from.

The same voice in my mind that told me to act, is the same voice that ridicules me later for making that choice. It’s typical for me to feel a conflict between what i want to do (my heart) and what i feel is practical (my mind). i end up living a portion of my life for the “benefits.” i stay friends with people i only kinda. I sometimes do and say things to fit in, that actually go against what i feel is right in my heart. So, is my heart at fault? Are my feelings just silly? Or maybe it’s my mind that’s to blame. And on it goes and i never really seem to get to it. Even when I really feel like that’s the right choice, how do i know for sure? How do i know it’s not just what i think i should do?

Sound a little over the top? It is a real problem. It takes the joy out of my life when i can’t make up my mind about whether where my heart wants to go is the right way or not. ultimately i end up living a shadow of the possibility of what could be. All because i couldn’t make up my mind. There is actually a simple answer. It may seem, a little too simple. But most things are. Bruce Lee said “The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.” So, with that in “MIND,” i’m going to look at two words.

There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated word in the New Testament. The first, logos, refers principally to the total inspired Word of God and to Jesus, Who is the living Logos.

All of that and much more could be another series in and of itself but i’ll let just that small bit of info do it for today.

Examples of Logos

  • “In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word [logos] was with God, and the Word [logos] was God” (John 1:1).
  • “The seed is the word [logos] of God” (Luke 8:11).
  • “Holding forth the word [logos] of life” (Philippians 2:16).
  • “For the word [logos] of God is quick, and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12).
  • “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word [logos] of God, which liveth and abideth     forever” (I Peter 1:23).

The second primary Greek word that describes Scripture is rhema, which refers to a word that is spoken and means “an utterance.” A rhema is a verse or portion of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to my attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.

Every word of God is inspired, and “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit Who illuminates particular Scriptures for application in my daily walk with the Lord.

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [rhema] that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Jesus also said, “The words [rhema] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

When God gives a rhema for me to act upon, He often confirms it by a second rhema, that “in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word [rhema] be established” (II Corinthians 13:1).

Examples of Rhema

  • “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [rhema] of God” (Romans 10:17).
  • “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
  • “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word [rhema] (Ephesians 5:25–26).
  • “If ye abide in me, and my words [rhema] abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

In closing this is what Lucy Liu says, “I try to believe like I believed when I was 5… when your heart tells you everything you need to know.


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