Genuine Faith or Mental Assentment?
Many know what God’s Word says and mentally agree that it is true. But they only agree in their minds. There must be a clear distinction between believing and mentally nodding. To believe in the word is to act upon it. Mental assent is to recognize the truth of the word, its integrity, but never to act on it.
Jesus spoke about believing with the heart in Mark 11:23.
Believe as the heart and not with the mind.
Mark 11:23: “… Anyone shall say to this mountain, Rise and be thrown into the sea, and do not doubt your heart, but believe [in your heart] that what you say will be done, so it will be with him. “
Note that the Bible never said a word about believing with the mind. You may even doubt in your mind and still have faith in your heart, for it is believing with the heart that will make you receive from God.
Believing with our feelings will bring frustration on the walk
The assent or mental agreement says, “I know the Word of God is true. True faith comes from the heart and not from the mind. Mere mental assent is not enough; it takes the heart to believe in God’s Word.
Hebrews 11: 1:
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
Many people want to have it first, and then believe it. When we believe God’s Word about any manifestation in the natural dimension, then what we believe materializes, materializes.
John 15: 7-8
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you, in this is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; and thus you will be My disciples. ”
When we act by faith, up to God’s Word, instead of acting up to what we feel, we get 100 percent favorable results. If we sit instead with moans, sighs, complaints and complaints, waiting for something to happen, we will have no result.
Faith in action, more than information:
Mark: 5. 24:
“So Jesus went with him. And a huge crowd followed him, squeezing him from all sides. And there was a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years. She had already suffered too much under the care of several doctors and spent all she had; but instead of getting better, it went from bad to worse. Having heard about Jesus, he passed through the crowd and managed to touch his cloak. For she said to herself, If I can only touch your clothes, I will be healed. And at that moment the bleeding stopped, and the woman felt in her body that she was free from her suffering. At the same moment, when Jesus felt that power was released from within, turning in the midst of the multitude, he said, Who touched my robe? And the disciples said unto him, Seest thou the multitude that presseth thee on every side, and inquireth, Who touched me? However, Jesus kept looking around, expecting to see who had done this. Then the frightened and trembling woman, knowing what had happened to her, approached and prostrating herself at his feet, told her the whole truth. And Jesus said unto her, My daughter, thy faith hath saved thee! Go in peace and be free from your suffering.