Apr 5, 2023
The Centrality of the Heart
“So I will betroth you to Me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in loving devotion and compassion. And I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will know the LORD.” Hosea 2:19
God invites us to know him and know him well—by heart. The natural response to truly knowing him is loving him above all else. Join Stasi today as she highlights this marvelous truth, then leads us in a time of guided prayer so we can encounter him personally—in our hearts.
Luke 15:3–7 (NIV) — Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Proverbs 4:23 (NIV) — Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Isaiah 61:1 (NIV) — The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, …
Ephesians 3:17 (NIV) — so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, …
Luke 23:43 (NIV) — Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
Ephesians 1:17 (NIV) — I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Hosea 2:19 (NIV) — I will betroth you to me forever; I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, in love and compassion.
John 17:3 (NIV) — Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
Revelation 3:20 (NIV) — Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Psalm 23:1–3 (NIV) — The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Psalm 146:5-10 (TPT) — But those who hope in the Lord will be happy and pleased!
Our help comes from the God of Jacob! You keep all your promises. You are the Creator of heaven’s glory, earth’s grandeur, and the ocean’s greatness. The oppressed get justice with you. The hungry are satisfied with you. Prisoners find their freedom with you. You open the eyes of the blind, and you fully restore those bent over with shame. You love those who love and honor you. You watch over strangers and immigrants and support the fatherless and widows. But you subvert the plans of the ungodly. Lord, you will reign forever! Zion’s God will rule throughout time and eternity! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!
Stasi’s leading in guided prayer – Time Code: 00:22:54
Song: Santo from the album Soaking in His Presence, Vol. 3 by William Augusto
Poem: Indwelt by Beatrice Clelland
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