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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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