A Heart On Fire OLS — Preview
On October 28, 2012, we begin our Annual Seasonal Online Study — 2012–2013, of my New Edition Release, A Heart On Fire – Discover The Priceless Privilege of Knowing Christ, from the Quiet Times For The Heart series. We will begin with a walk on the road to Emmaus and discover that just by spending time with Jesus our hearts begin to burn on fire. We see how Jesus gives a heart on fire in Luke 24:32. The two men met Jesus on the road to Emmaus and said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
I want you to know something that is going to change your life forever. The Lord wants to give you a heart on fire! He wants to give you a burning passion that sets you so on fire that your life influences everyone around you. How can you have a heart on fire for Christ? How can you experience such a joy, such a contagious love, such a passionate loyalty to Him? I want to invite you to discover the answer to those questions by taking the journey in my book of quiet times, A Heart On Fire.
Paul the apostle had a heart on fire and was able to say “I certainly do count everything as loss compared with the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 NIV). A Heart On Fire is designed to take you on a journey into the priceless privilege of knowing Christ. You will begin on the road to Emmaus where you will discover exactly what it means to have a heart that burns on fire for Christ. Then you will learn what it really means to know Christ. You will enter into the divine romance with Him as you discover how much He really loves you. You will see Him in all His glory, as the One who is who He claimed to be, God incarnate who dwelt among us. You will realize that He is everything you need and is, in fact, your very life. You will have the opportunity to explore the New Testament promises and see Him as your intercessor. And ultimately you will see Him as your Bridegroom, the One you will be with forever.
Dear friend, by the time you have completed this study of Jesus, you will know Him in so many new and deeper ways that you can’t help it – your heart will burn on fire for Him. Each day is filled with Bible study, devotion, journaling, prayer and application.
A Heart on Fire is more than a Bible study, more than a devotional, it’s quiet time!
I am so excited to walk together with you and the Lord on the “road to Emmaus” where we will open the pages of God’s magnificent Word and catch glimpses of the glory of our Lord. As we live in His presence and learn more about Jesus, we can’t help but grow more intimate with Him and, as a result, have our hearts set on fire. I long for a deeper walk with the Lord. Do you long for Him more right now in your life? If so, will you join me in this adventure?
I want to be able to say with Paul the apostle, “I certainly do count everything as loss compared with the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8 WMS). I am so looking forward to this journey of A Heart On Fire – a unique interactive study filled with Bible study, devotion, journaling, excerpts and quotes from favorite authors, prayer, and application.
So how can you prepare for this new study?
I am asking the Lord to prepare my heart for this new adventure with Him. Over the next week I will be taking some special time alone with Him to write out the burdens of my heart and asking Him for key verses to pave the way for life transformation. I know as we spend these next twelve weeks together, the Lord is going to meet us in ways we cannot even imagine right now. We need to get ready for those Jesus moments so that we can say, with great excitement, “That was You Lord, wasn’t it!”
Let’s be like David who said,
I am asking the Lord to make my heart full of expectation and eager watching so that when He speak and when He is at work, I will recognize Him.
Another way to prepare for this new adventure in God’s Word is to look over your schedule and work out the time when you will study with the Lord in His Word. Time alone with God rarely just happens. Be intentional. The Lord loves your desire to be alone with Him. Then, collect all the materials you will need for your study. Choose the Bible you will use in your study. I am using the New American Standard Bible – The New Inductive Study Bible. That’s my favorite right now. Also, you will want to get the study, A Heart On Fire available at our online store at Quiet Time Ministries or by calling 1.800.925.6458. Then, make sure you have other items like a good pen and pencil, reading glasses, and any other materials like The Quiet Time Notebook or The Quiet Time Journal, and devotionals such as Daily Light and My Utmost For His Highest.
So my friends, get ready for a new adventure. If you are joining me in this study, I can’t help but be excited for you and for all of us. I’m looking forward to sharing together all that the Lord teaches us. Every moment we spend in His Word will be worth gold in terms of eternal treasure. I think about the Lord’s words in Luke 12:21 where He encourages us to be rich toward God. He goes on to say in Luke 12:34 that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Treasure in heaven – that’s what we want. And someday, we will see that it was worth it all.
Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?
— Luke 24:32 The Message
Foreword by Dr. Ronald Youngblood
Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, Bethel Theological Seminary
I discovered that the phrases quiet time and Catherine Martin are virtual synonyms … I hope that you will carefully and prayerfully read through A Heart On Fire under the patient and expert guidance of Catherine Martin. And, from time to time, may you experience the way of the burning heart as you and Jesus walk along your Emmaus road together.
In A Heart On Fire, I present eight weeks of daily personal devotions so that you may discover your heart will begin to feel as though it is on fire. It is the burning of an all-consuming love for Jesus Christ.
To enhance your study, I encourage you to get the companion A Heart On Fire messages by me on DVD or in Digital M4V Video or Digital MP3 Audio formats. They’re a great way to enhance your study and get the most from God’s Word as well as catch up if you miss a week. The Introduction Week M4V and MP3 Messages are always free downloads! If you would take the journey of A Heart On Fire with your own local group, I encourage you to view the A Heart On Fire Series Preview video and explore the A Heart On Fire – DVD Leader’s Kits at the Quiet Time Ministries Online Store.
Oh, dear friends, I just can’t wait to dig into God’s Word with you and discover the priceless privilege of knowing Christ. Someday we will see Him face to face. I want that face to be familiar. I want to look into the eyes of the One with whom I’ve spent countless hours knowing and loving each day. So I hope you’ll join me in this priceless privilege, as Paul calls it, as we draw near, spend time with Jesus, know Him more intimately, and fall in love with Him.
♥ God bless you as you continue this great adventure of knowing Him!
What’s your favorite translation of the Bible right now and/or what Bible are you using right now in your quiet time with the Lord?
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