The Established Heart 11 - The Tongue - David Mitts

"Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption." Ephesians 4:29-30 Last chapter we spoke about honor and the importance of first love as expressed in the moment of honor. Honor, “kaved” in Hebrew, means weightiness. It is a declaration of the significance of someone or something in our lives. The “first” or first love is a statement of priority as well as time position. It reminds us of the time when love was most tender and captivating of our entire heart or as much as we were capable of giving. The first love of our lives so entailed us with the allure of the one to who we gave our heart that it shifted all of our priorities. At the same time, the love brought with it honor. Honor is revealed in how we hold another in our heart. Last chapter we looked

The Established Heart 10 - Familiarity - David Mitts

Jesus said to them, "A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and among his own relatives and in his own household  - Mark 6:4 The key to an established heart is love. First love is the priority of love over all of creation. Love is the bedrock of reality. God is love and in Him, all things consist. Love is a choice. We have to remake the love choice every day. Love is not as Hollywood tells us something, we fall into it and somehow live happily ever after. Love requires renewal of thoughts towards the One we have set our love upon. Love requires sacrifice. We live daily, a life of living sacrifice or it is no sacrifice at all! This means we have to choose each and every day to live a life of love. We live in love. This is the true life of the Spirit. "and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Romans 5:5 Often in the “spirit-filled” community, we emphasize the

The Established Heart 9 - Renewing the Mind: Living in First Love - David Mitts

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2 Last chapter, we spoke about first love. First love is a state of newness in love, a renewal of passion, and a statement of priority. God is love and the most important thing we can do to align with Him and walk free from sin is to walk in His love. God is love and God is reality. There is no reality apart from Him. The deceiver who is known by the name Satan is the author of a web of deceit woven from an abundance of lies that cause the children of God to experience death. Yeshua called this lost state being the children of lies. "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murdere

The Established Heart 8 - Activating First Love - David Mitts

"'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love." Revelation 2:4 Reality is founded on love. We have been indoctrinated into accepting a universe that is held together by dead cosmic forces. Space has been described as cold and dead. God has been relegated to a belief system and is perceived by most as an antiquated tool or crutch of the mentally and emotionally immature who cannot grasp and accept the impersonal nature of a universe that is both uncaring and actually perceived through the lens of climate change as intolerant of both the ignorance and the outright hubris of humanity. The proponents of technology as a legitimate god supplanting the need for a personal God of love have argued that humans are at war with nature and unless we discover a more effective way to co-exist with the natural order, we stand on the brink of overpopulation and the potential for mass extinction. The narrative includes criticisms of ourselves as bigoted, antiquated,

The Established Heart 7 - Recovering Reality, Recovering Love - David Mitts

"But as it is written: "EYE HAS NOT SEEN, NOR EAR HEARD, NOR HAVE ENTERED INTO THE HEART OF MAN THE THINGS WHICH GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM."" 1 Corinthians 2:9 Shame, as we have spoken about, is a system of cover-ups to avoid exposure. It is rooted in the fear of punishment and death. This condition of the heart is actually a torment to the heart. It is death to our nature to live a life rooted in shame and trying to find a way to avoid being judged and then tormented in that fear of judgment. True joy is sacrificed for the illusion of emotional safety. As we seek to avoid the bullying impact of shame, we change by necessity, how we perceive life and reality. This shift in perception blinds us and deafens us to the kingdom of God and the voice of the Lord. Yeshua calls this the blind leading the blind. "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch."" Matthew 15:14

The Established Heart 5 - Recovering Your Childlike Heart - David Mitts

""Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:4 (NASB) Perceptions define our reality. The kingdoms of our lives are what exercise authority in what we can think and do. Authority is what we obey. It is the voice that has our ear and our heart. We learn early in life to listen to certain voices and to trust in those voices. Our trust is the gift of our heart. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding." Proverbs 3:5 (NASB) Solomon realizes this principle and directs those who pursue truth and wisdom to return or to repent in the trust of their heart to the Lord. The contrast or the way of the fool is to lean on our own understanding. Why does Solomon use the metaphor of leaning and not just say also to not trust our own understanding? Leaning implies support outside of one's self. But you might answer he said our own understanding? Yes, it is ours but it wasn’

The Established Heart 3 - The Secret Power of Hatred - David Mitts

""If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple." Luk 14:26 In these troubled times, there is a battle for control of our hearts. Our hearts determine how we live our lives. They establish our boundaries, our expectations and what we will do and say. ""But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders." Mat 15:18-19 The place of defilement is the conversation and corresponding actions that proceed from the conversation of our heart. The heart speaks and we become defiled. The defilement comes from evil thoughts which lead to murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness and slander. This is the true battleground in our lives, our own hearts. The conversation of the hear