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The Body Church - Protect Your Heart!

Date - Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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The Body Church - Preparing Your Heart For God's Word

Date - Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

The Body Church
Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/ Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Dr NW, Atlanta
GA 30318

1 Corinthians 12:12(NLT) - The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.

Sundays
10:00 AM - Worship With Prayer
11:00 AM - Worship With The Word

www.TheBodyChurchInc.org

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March 20, 2013 Posted by admin in Heart

A New Heart-Set: Returning To Your First Love

A New Heart-Set: Returning To Your First Love

Revelation 2:4-5(NKJV) - Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Has God ever questioned your devotion to Him? Have you felt His Spirit tugging at your heart asking you to spend more time with Him? Has He told you to spend more time in His Word? Has He challenged you to raise the standard in any area of your life? Do you look back at some season in your life when you were completely sold out to God and wish you could get back there? God has spoken enough and it's time for a response. It's time to return to your first love. It's time for a new heart-set.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the word, “mind-set” as -

1 a mental attitude or inclination
2 a fixed state of mind

The word “heart-set” is defined as a fixed state of heart. When your desires are fixed, you know what you want deep inside and nothing else will satisfy you until you get it. Today let's meditate on a few scriptures that will help us to set our hearts.

What starts in our hearts is seen in our lives.

Proverbs 4:23(NKJV) - Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.

Proverbs 4:23 – Our life flows out of our hearts.

Proverbs 23:7(NKJV) - For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. “Eat and drink!” he says to you, But his heart is not with you.

Proverbs 23:7 – Passion and desire comes from our hearts so what we think in our hearts will eventually override what we think in our minds.

God is looking for people with the right heart-set.

2 Chronicles 16:9(NKJV) - For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

2 Chronicles 16:9 – God selects people for favor based on the condition of their hearts.

1 Samuel 16:7(NKJV) - But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7 – God overlooks those who appear to serve Him and isolates those whose hearts are committed.

Acts 13:21-22(NKJV) - And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’

Acts 13:21-22 – The qualification for selection by God is a deep desire to obey everything He asks of you.

A New Heart-Set: Returning To Your First Love

What constitutes the right heart-set?

Psalm 119:30, 112(NKJV) - I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me..... I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes Forever, to the very end.

Psalm 119:30, 112 – We must set our hearts to obey God's instructions.

Job 23:12(NKJV) - I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.

John 4:34(NKJV) - Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Job 23:12, John 4:34 – We must yearn for God's Will.

How do we get the right heart-set?

Psalm 51:10(NKJV) - Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10 – We can't change our own hearts so God wants us to ask Him to do it.

Hebrews 4:12(NKJV) - 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.

John 6:63(NKJV) - It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

Hebrews 4:12, John 6:63 – Revelation from The Word of God changes your heart forever.

Luke 24:27-32(NKJV) - And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”

Luke 24:27-32 – The Word of God burns in your heart until something happens.

Hebrews 4:12-13(NKJV) - 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. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

Hebrews 4:12-13 – A true Word from The Lord will cut to your heart and transform it.

1 Corinthians 14:24-26(NKJV) - But if all prophesy, and an unbeliever or an uninformed person comes in, he is convinced by all, he is convicted by all. And thus the secrets of his heart are revealed; and so, falling down on his face, he will worship God and report that God is truly among you. How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.

1 Corinthians 14:24-26 – Even an unbeliever will be convicted by a Word from The Lord.

Today, why not meditate on these scriptures and resolve to return to your first love. He's waiting to hear from you.

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God Wants Your Heart Above All Else

God Wants Your Heart Above All Else!

Welcome to Part 13 of this blog series on The Will of God. If you don't know God's Will for your life or you're tired of living without direction, this blog series is for you. For Part 12, "Be Patient - Your Life Is on God's Schedule" click here. One by one we will address each of the seven steps outlined in Part 9, "Executing God's Plan For Your Life" . Today, we will focus on Step 4. Get your heart right! When God is pleased with your heart, He’ll promote your vision.

2 Chronicles 16:9(NKJV) - For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.

Psalm 75:6-7(KJV) - For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.

The Bible says in Acts 10:34 that God is no respecter of persons but that doesn't mean He treats everyone equally. He may not respect any person more than another if all else is constant but as you'll discover today, He strongly favors those whose hearts are loyal to Him.

Psalm 75:6-7 says that God promotes whom He wants to promote so it sounds like promotion is completely out of our control, doesn't it? Since it's obvious that everyone won't get promoted, what's God's selection process for choosing people to promote? The answer is in 2 Chronicles 16:9. He scans the earth, skips over everyone else and looks for those whose heart is loyal to Him.

God Wants Your Heart Above All Else

Acts 13:21-23(NKJV) - And afterward they asked for a king; so God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when He had removed him, He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.’ From this man’s seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus—

1 Samuel 16:7(KJV) - But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

A few days ago in Part 11, "Excellence - A Master Key Which Opens Many Doors" we saw how the system works in 1 Samuel 16:17-23. King Saul's servant saw David's excellence and was blown away. He gave a glowing recommendation to the king which propelled David from obscurity to prominence in a matter of days. However, that was a man's evaluation of David. God operates by a higher system.

God had a "one-track" mind when He chose David for prominence. Unlike Saul's servant, God didn't prioritize David's musical skills, courage as a warrior, business prowess or good looks. God put David's heart at the top of His list and we were reminded of that in Acts 13:21-23. Therefore, if you want to be selected by God to represent Him on the earth you better have a genuine heart for Him because that's what matters the most in His Kingdom.

God Wants Your Heart Above All Else

Matthew 15:8(KJV) - This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

God laments that so many people are willing to give Him everything but their hearts. We sometimes forget that we serve a personal God and He has feelings. He cares about us and places more value on how we really feel about Him deep in our hearts than the image we project on the outside.

Psalm 27:8(NLT) - My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

The Holy Spirit uses this scripture to convict my heart everytime I get too busy to spend time with Him. If I'm too busy to spend time with The Lord I'm just too busy. It's easy to tell if you're spending enough time with The Lord. What direction is your spiritual development taking? Are you becoming more Christlike in your thoughts and actions or less?

Are more of the fruit of the Spirit showing up in your life or less? Are you picking up old habits you thought you left behind? Spiritual maturity is not a reflection of what you know. The Pharisees were experts in the scripture but were spiritual babies. When a tree is mature it starts to bear fruit. Are you bearing spiritual fruit? Read Ephesians 5:22-23 and evaluate.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18(KJV) - Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

The more time you spend with God the more you'll look like Him.

God Wants Your Heart Above All Else

Luke 10:38-42(KJV) - Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Can you stop what you're doing for a while and just spend time with The Lord? Is that possible or is it a chore? Do you feel more comfortable running around getting stuff done or can you put aside time to sit in silence before Him? That's one test of your heart. God knows if we're using Him to get what we want and He doesn't appreciate it. He wants a personal relationship more than a business partnership.

If my wife notices that I do all I can to avoid just spending time with her she'll begin to question my love for her. I could say I love her all day long or buy as many gifts as she wants but if I can't make the time to be with her she'll know I don't love her. Maybe that's what God has realized about some of us. The bridegroom knows something's wrong if His bride's demanding Him to do things for her but is too busy to spend time with Him. Selah

To find out how to get your heart right before The Lord, here's a teaching video on the topic.

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It's a New Day! No More Lip-Service

Matthew 15:8(KJV) - This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

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The Secret To Seeing God

Matthew 5:8(KJV) - Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Jeremiah 29:13(KJV) - And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

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Your Heart Is Your Best Gift To God

Psalm 51:15-17(KJV) - O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise. For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

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Get Your Heart Right

2 Chronicles 16:9a(KJV) - For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him....
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God Is Looking At Your Heart

1 Samuel 16:7(KJV) - But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
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Where Are My Prophetic Voices? - God

Where Are My Prophetic Voices? - God

This week's blog series is based on our recently released full length video entitled; "Prepare Your Heart." Please scroll to the end of this message to see it for yourself. Click here for Part 3, "How Loving God Changed My Life"

Isaiah 21:11b(KJV) - ............Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

This is The Word of The Lord!

"Watchmen where are you? Where are my watchmen? Where are my prophetic voices? Where are the ones through whom I can speak to my people on the earth? What are you doing? Did I give you permission to be silent? Have I not anointed you? Have I not given you a message? I can't hear you proclaiming it? What are you doing?"

Ezekiel 33:1-9(NLT) - Once again a message came to me from the Lord: 2 “Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman. 3 When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. 4 Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. 5 They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. 6 But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’ 7 “Now, son of man, I am making you a watchman for the people of Israel. Therefore, listen to what I say and warn them for me. 8 If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths. 9 But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent, they will die in their sins, but you will have saved yourself.

"The hammer of my judgment is falling and what have you said to warn them? What have done? What have you done? Why did I set you on the wall? Why? Why did I anoint you? Why? What have you done?"

Jeremiah 1:4-10(NLT) - The Lord gave me this message: 5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” 6 “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” 7 The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. 8 And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” 9 Then the Lord reached out and touched my mouth and said, "Look, I have put my words in your mouth! 10 Today I appoint you to stand up against nations and kingdoms. Some you must uproot and tear down, destroy and overthrow. Others you must build up and plant.”

"Prophets are born, not made. I called you a prophet BEFORE you were born. You did not choose this call. I anointed you a prophet. You did not choose the anointing. Do what I have said. Do what you were born to do. You do not have a choice. Prophesy!"

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