What Makes a Heart Believe? By Guest Blogger Jeremie Heston

Written by on January 14, 2015

Jeremie Heston Photo (1)Today’s guest blogger is friend Jeremie Heston, of my home church, Radiant ChurchToday, Jeremie explores, “What makes a heart believe?”  

              Some say seeing is believing. Yes, eyes see and the ears hear, but true, deep inner belief is not determined simply by the five senses. Ultimately, reinforcing inner belief lies at the feet of choice.

             Would you say that you honestly believe you trust God? Are you secure in Him? If so, then awesome! Yet, do you ever struggle with control? Do you find yourself anxious about money, politics, your spouse, your children, your health, or relationships? Do you ever fear anything? The reality is that we all struggle with fear and insecurity at times. But if we trust God, and are secure in Him, then why are we afraid? We fear because we all have places where we don’t trust God. Unfortunately, much of the time we aren’t even aware of this duality. 

            In my life journey, I’ve wrestled with God concerning the fear and pain in my heart. I’ve searched earnestly for the truth of who God really is for me and what He’s like. I’ve pressed in to Him with all I have, because I want a love-filled life—full and free. I want peace and true joy in my heart. God has revealed Himself to me in many ways over time.

             We tend to avoid what hurts. We seek comfort to the point that, unaware, we destroy ourselves. The irony is that we do this while trying to protect ourselves. We’re essentially trying to fill the God-void in us—an emptiness that can only be filled by relationship with our Creator.

             The path to freedom in this relationship is through the pain, not around it.

Let’s say you have a broken arm and it needs to be reset. Jesus comes along and offers to set it for you. But you don’t really know Him or what He can do. So, maybe you’re skeptical and look up a doctor. What was the barrier to the belief about Jesus in this scenario?  Lack of trust and experience.

            We try to control when we don’t trust God. But control is an illusion. The only one in control is God. We must choose to face our fear regarding our safety. When we decide to risk, let go, and trust God, we seek Him with all of our heart (Deuteronomy 4:29). Then, when God shows up, we experience Him in new ways. Those experiences recondition our old beliefs.

             God gave us free will because He wanted a people that chose relationship with Him. Each choice we make—flesh and spirit—sows seeds in our hearts (Galatians 6:8). Over time, choice determines the condition of our hearts, the fruit we reap in our lives, and the direction we’re heading in life.

             We can’t learn this alone. We need to trust others to help us learn as they model godly relationship for us. Then we will have eyes to see the spiritual truths (1 Corinthians 2:10-16) that we could never see otherwise.

             I choose to surrender everything and yield to His direction. I trust God’s truth over my flesh-based feelings. I still screw up all the time. But by God’s grace and love, I am getting a little better each day as I seek, trust, and yield. This is life in the Spirit.

            Perfect Love drives out my fears. I open myself up to and invite Him into my heart daily. God is Love and Love never fails!

             He wants to take care of you, too. Will you trust Him and let Him be God for you?

 Jeremie Heston is a freelancer, author, song writer, poet and mentor. He has released two musical albums, Christmas Guitar Peace in 2005, and A Light In The Storm in 2010. Since 1998, Jeremie has mentored people in emotional, spiritual, and relational health and development. Watch for Jeremie’s new book “The Pyramid Of Grace” (co-authored by Bob Pike) to be released next year. 

 Find Jeremie on Facebook here.

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  1. Susan   On   January 15, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Thanks for the blog from Jeremie. His statement, “The path to freedom in this relationship is through the pain, not around it.” is a great reminder. How I want to live in comfort- and yet, as Jeremie says this desire is ultimately destructive.
    Thanks for your insight and reminders, Jeremie!

  2. Anthony Otten   On   January 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

    A wonderful post. Sometimes we don’t remember that our stated beliefs should have implications for our thoughts and behaviors. If God is in control, then worry is not a logical conclusion. It is the result of weakness and, sometimes, arrogance about thinking we know better than God what ought to happen.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 16, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Jeremie, every day is another step on the Trust Journey – conscious decisions to pursue Him. I love this post! Especially “The path to freedom in this relationship is through the pain, not around it.” The Lion of Judah is teaching me courage in this area.

  3. William   On   January 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    May I make a comment. Rom.10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” We know the Word of God comes from the inspired Word – the Bible. Hearing can be written or spoken audibly. The focus is God’s Word and the conviction of The Holy Spirit! My personal testimony I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour without going to ‘Church’ or a neighborhood Bible Study.I read the Gospels with an open searching heart and The Holy Spirit brought me to my knees and Jesus.

    • Lynn Hare   On   January 16, 2015 at 11:19 am

      Bill, I love it when the words leap off the page of the bible. I love that your heart opened to Christ as you searched for Him! And I’m grateful that you’re a member of our Body today.

      • Nancy   On   January 16, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        Beautiful… I have read and reread Jeremy’s post! Soooo much a word in due season right now! It’s making me think some things through! I wish I could hear more testimonies on this!

  4. Bonnie K   On   January 17, 2015 at 7:49 am

    We need to be reminded of how great the Lord is, his word is a beacon of light.
    It is easy to become discouraged when we take our focus away from the Lord’s words and promises. As far as what makes a heart believe? I ask how can I not believe, when I see all the truth, goodness and how the creator loves us!!
    He wants us to put our trust in Him. ” Be still, and know that I am God”

  5. Bonnie K   On   January 17, 2015 at 7:53 am

    May I also add, look back on what you have prayed for, and how much the Lord brought blessings to your life. His way is always the best, even though we may sometimes struggle with being in control. I know for myself when I would worry about something, I have gained tremendous peace in putting my trust in the Lord.

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