74. How’s my heart? (Part II cont.)

A. How do I know if I am in need of revival?

When someone wins my heart, that means they have won my

  • delight – respect & appreciation (Song of Songs 2:2-3)
    • You think of them highly (1 John 3:20)
  • devotion – love & affection (Song of Songs 2:4)
    • You think of them fondly (1 John 3:1)
    • You think of them singly (1 John 2:15)
  • desire – time & interest (Song of Songs 2:14; Is 26:8)
    • You think of them often (1 John 4:16)
    • You desire to spend time with them (1 John 3:2)
  • discipline – will & service, self-sacrifice (Song of Songs 2:16)
    • You think of them humbly (1 John 3:16-18; 1 John 4:10)

So the question I ask myself is, "Has the Lord won my heart, and does He still have it?"

B. What role do others in my life play in relation to bringing revival and restoration?

…What are your thoughts?

34. Your thoughts “of Christ”

May I be filled with the
Love of Christ…Ephesians 3:19
Peace of Christ…Colossians 3:15
Word of Christ…Colossians 3:16
Mind of Christ…1Corinthians 2:16
Glory of Christ…2Corinthians 8:23
Meekness and gentleness of Christ…2Corinthians 10:1
Power of Christ…2Corinthians 12:9
Work of Christ…Philippians 2:30
Fulness of Christ…Ephesians 3:19

What comes to mind? when you consider the…

Gospel of Christ
Cross of Christ
Ministers of Christ
Grace of Christ
Blood of Christ
Riches of Christ
Gift of Christ
Body of Christ
Afflictions of Christ
Reproach of Christ
Sufferings of Christ
Name of Christ
Doctrine of Christ
Priests of Christ

27. Others

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” –Philippians 2:4, ESV

“Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” -Luke 17:33

“We lose what on ourselves we spend,
We have, as treasures without end,
Whatever, Lord, to thee we lend,
Who givest all—who givest all.”
-“Giving to God,” Christopher Wordsworth (1807–85)

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”- Jim Elliot, October 28, 1949 http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/faq/20.htm

“Others, Lord, yes others,
Let this my motto be,
Help me to live for others,
That I may live like Thee.”
-Charles D. Meigs, 1917.

“…the story is told of a missionary who loved her books. Some she gladly loaned, but others — her favorites — she kept stored in a footlocker under her bed. One night she heard a scratching sound. After searching, she discovered the noise was coming from her footlocker. When she opened it, she found an enormous pile of dust. Termites had destroyed her precious books. That which she had tried to keep for herself, now belonged to no one.” – More Precious Than Silver. Copyright © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. http://www.joniandfriends.org/

What reactions or comments do you have on the thoughts reflected in these quotes? Feel free to submit questions for discussion.

Do we read of any place where the Lord sought for something just to please Himself, or did something simply for Himself?

What are examples of places where the Lord manifested what it was to live for others?

9. Service of Saints

I recently heard a preacher link rewards (at the Judgement Seat of Christ) with levels of service (compare Luke 19:17 “have thou authority over ten cities”). It has gotten me thinking a little bit about service in our lives and service in the future, and I’m wondering what your thoughts and meditations are on this subject.


A. The privilege of service
B. The joy of service
C. The responsibility of service
D. The spheres of service
E. The motive and attitude in service
F. The Lord’s example of service
G. Future service / reward of service (“we shall also reign with Him”)

Do any of these trigger thoughts you’d like to share?