Welcome to the first day of MakeOver of the Heart! Oh, how I pray it blesses you as you seek God in transforming your heart. I am SO EXCITED you are here!
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In this age of makeovers and “extreme makeovers,” we are always looking for ways to transform ourselves. We are not satisfied with staying the same, but are searching for ways to improve. So many times this concentration is focused on our outward appearance. But, the Bible says to concentrate on our inner beauty. Peter says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of fine jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit.” (1Peter 3:3-4) The transformation we will be concentrating on is a makeover of the heart.
If you are like me, I didn’t even realize I needed to change my heart! I thought, “My heart’s OK. I’m a good person. I love God.” But, over the years, I have had a total transformation of my heart. My heart has opened to a new Truth, a new joy, a new love, and a new way of life. I have had a complete MAKEOVER of my heart!
It is my heart’s desire that you too would experience the pure joy of giving your heart completely to the Lord- to completely abandon yourself to His love for you. I want you to “love the Lord with all of your heart, all of your soul, and all of your strength!” I want you to experience the ultimate makeover- to become a new creation in Christ starting with your heart.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.” God’s word tells us most importantly, above everything, to watch and to guard our hearts. Out of the heart, springs life. So, our hearts, and the state of our hearts, should be a top priority. The Bible says, “Above all else, guard your heart.” How does your heart look? Are you ready for a heart makeover?
As women, we often think of ourselves as “heart experts.” We can all pick the perfect greeting cards. We all cry at the same long distance commercials. We say we give our hearts away completely. We may think we give them freely, but do we? What keeps us from giving our hearts completely to our children, our husbands, our parents, and to God?
Sometimes it is a fear that our hearts will be broken. Sometimes our hearts are wounded and hurt. Sometimes our hearts are stubborn. I know my heart can act like a spoiled 2 yr. old throwing a temper tantrum! (anyone identify with that????) It wants what it wants and it wants it NOW! My heart can be very selfish and very self- centered. Sometimes our hearts can be filled with anger or unforgiveness. We feel we are right in a broken relationship and our hearts become hardened to that person.
We’ll begin our heart makeover by allowing God to perform a complete “heart transplant!” You’ll need to take a look at your heart-full of its own selfish desires, its own agenda, and its own self-gratifying habits. You’ll need to allow God to take out that heart and replace it with a completely new heart; a heart head over heals in love with the Lord, completely focused on Him and His will for your life.
We’ll be meditating on Psalm 37:3-7a. It says, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still and wait patiently for Him.”
Before we begin this transformation, I would like to pray for you. I will be praying with you throughout the book, and have been praying for you during every step of the writing process. I believe in prayer. I believe in the power of God’s Word, so I use scripture in prayer. Whenever you see quotes during the prayer, these sentences or phrases are taken directly out of the Bible. I use several translations, including the New International Version, the Amplified Bible, The New Living Translation, and American Standard Version. Please feel free to use these prayers in your own personal devotion time. Include your own name in the scripture or in the prayer.
Father God, I love you! I give you all glory and honor and praise! You are such a good God. I thank you for the opportunity to minister to this woman reading. I pray that you bless our time together, Lord. I pray that you would open the heart and mind of the woman reading this book. Reader, I pray that the “eyes of your heart would be enlightened. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you a Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know Him better. I pray that out of His glorious riches, He may strengthen you with POWER through His Spirit in your inner being so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” I pray this woman would have a total transformation of her heart. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
1. God’s Word says that when we delight ourselves in Him, He gives us the desires of our heart. Have you taken any time to ponder WHAT the desires of your heart are? Take a few moments to sit quietly before Him. What are the desires of your heart?
2. Make a list of ways you would like to be transformed during this bible study. How do you want God to change you? What are your personal goals with this study? What are your personal expectations? Why are you reading this? What do you hope to accomplish?
I hope you share what God has revealed to you in the comment section!
Read Ezekiel 36:25-28
Write in your own words what God is going to do. Does that get you excited?
Ezekiel is a book of the Old Testament. This represents God’s old covenant (or His pledge or promise) that He has with His people. Jesus talks about a new covenant in Luke 22:20. Right before Jesus sheds His blood for our redemption, He says, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.”
Jesus also promises that the Holy Spirit will come and live within us when He leaves the earth. John 16: 7 says, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”
Ponder how Jesus fulfills the promise of Ezekiel. Through Jesus, we have the promise of a new heart and new spirit!
Ladies, I pray such blessings over you as we take this journey together! I know God is going to be doing amazing things!