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Anatomy- The Heart

Anatomy SlideProverbs 4:20-27 (NLT) 20 My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. 21 Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, 22 for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. 23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. 24 Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech. 25 Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. 26 Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. 27 Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.

HEART ISSUES:
Over 600K (1 in 4)people die of heart disease in the United States every year.

Just as there are many diseases and disorders that can affect the physical heart, there are many ailments of the spiritual heart that can impair growth and development.
Heart Attacks: disappointment, despair, somebody dies, a relationship break up….
Hardness of heart: Offense, bitterness, critical spirit, bitterness.
Strain of the heart: Stress, lack of pace(rhythm), worry, anxiety.
“If we are not careful to equip and protect our heart properly then the events that happen will dictate the condition of our heart.”

Proverbs 4:23(NIV) Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Lifestyle: things we commit, the things we omit.
Exercise: Are we using our heart? Responding to the things God puts there. Love our neighbor, expressing gratitude, being generous, giving our time to others. Expressing and receiving affection?

IT’S THE
WELLSPRING!
Luke 6:45 (NIV) The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Maintaining a Healthy heart?
1. Lead it.
Romans 10:10 (NIV) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified!
YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR HEART!”
“You cant control what happens to you but you can control what happens in you!”
Psalm 27:8 (MSG) When my heart whispered, "Seek God," my whole being replied, "I'm seeking him!"
Luke 12:34 (NLT) Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

2. Feed it.

Philippians 4:8(NIV)
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

3. Knead It
Matthew 13:33
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”

Close:
Woman at the well….
John 4:13-15 (NLT)Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” 15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water!

“Jesus doesn’t just change the water he changes the well!”
Ezekiel 36:26 (NLT) 26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.

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Royalty- Splendor

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Revelation 5:10(NLT) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."


Romans 8:28-37(NLT) We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.


Understanding opposition:
1. Opposition will come
John 16:33(NIV)
…”In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2. Opposition will refine you but it does not define you
3. Opposition is an indicator.
“IN MORE CASES THAN NOT OPPOSITION IS AN INDICATOR THAT YOU ARE DOING THE RIGH THING.”

Realities in Releasing Dominion….

1.Positioned for Triumph

Romans 8:37 (NLT)Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Our victory is paid for!
1 John 3:8(NIV)
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 5:4-5 (NIV)Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Romans 8:37(NLT) WE ARE MORE than conquerors through him who loved us.

2. Practice of Prayer
Mark 14:38 (NLT) Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

3. Posture of Praise
2 Corinthians 3:17(NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
“Freedom is not found in the absence of opposition but in the Presence of Jesus!”
Isaiah 59:19 When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

4. Proper perspective
We must start looking at things through Heavens perspective.

2 Corinthians 4:8-, 17-18 (NLT) We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.…17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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Royalty- Dominion

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Revelation 5:10(NLT) You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."


Romans 8:28-37(NLT) We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory. What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.


Understanding opposition:
1. Opposition will come
John 16:33(NIV)
…”In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
2. Opposition will refine you but it does not define you
3. Opposition is an indicator.
“IN MORE CASES THAN NOT OPPOSITION IS AN INDICATOR THAT YOU ARE DOING THE RIGH THING.”

Realities in Releasing Dominion….

1.Positioned for Triumph

Romans 8:37 (NLT)Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Our victory is paid for!
1 John 3:8(NIV)
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.

1 John 5:4-5 (NIV)Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Romans 8:37(NLT) WE ARE MORE than conquerors through him who loved us.

2. Practice of Prayer
Mark 14:38 (NLT) Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

3. Posture of Praise
2 Corinthians 3:17(NIV) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
“Freedom is not found in the absence of opposition but in the Presence of Jesus!”
Isaiah 59:19 When the enemy comes in like a flood, The Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.

4. Proper perspective
We must start looking at things through Heavens perspective.

2 Corinthians 4:8-, 17-18 (NLT) We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.…17 For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

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