Faith & Spirit | Whose Desires...Really?

March 25, 2014 |  LOVE EMBRACE INSPIRE | By Tiffany Nicole

Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 
Psalm 37: 4

So many people misinterpret this scripture. To understand the true meaning of this scripture, one must understand God's purpose for his children. God will grant us the desires of whose heart? The scripture states to delight thyself in the Lord. That is the first part of this scripture that should be thoroughly understood before proceeding. To delight is to take pleasure in, to have an extreme sense of satisfaction, and to enjoy. When we devote ourselves to God and truly surrender to Him, our old desires will fade away because we are to surrender our fleshly desires in exchange for the desires of God for our lives. The things we desire as sinners should not be the same desires that we have as believers and wanting to do the will of God for our lives should take priority. God then will place new desires in our hearts, desires that he has for our lives. God knows what is best for each individual. 

Not everything we ask for is necessarily going to happen, no matter how much we pray for it. If it's not in the will of God, he will not grant it. And if it happens outside of his will, it didn't happen because he said yes. So many people do not want to accept this truth, and so they take it upon themselves to fulfill there own desires not realizing that there is a consequence. The consequence may be that something you desired to have so desperately has become your demise. Instead of it being a true blessing from God, it instead feels like a curse that you put on yourself.  Ever wanted something so bad and prayed so hard for it, yet year after year nothing has happened? Most people at this point feel as though God is not listening, or that he has abandoned them or that he is withholding or breaking his promise to give us the "desires of our hearts." (Psalm 37:4) Not once evaluating the foundation of their desire in the first place.

 Is this desire coming from being covetous, envious or jealous? Your friends all have it, you should too? Trying to keep up with the Jones or do it before they do? Being covetous, envious and jealous are all sins, therefore God is not going to grant a desire that is routed and grounded in sin.  Is this desire coming out of greed? Instead of taking care of the little now, you feel as though you need more and more and more? God is not going to give you anything that is coming from a sinful place. And because we humans are sinful by nature, it is important to surrender (to give away) our fleshly or sinful desires in exchange for God's desires for us. 

That is why we should not look around at what other people have and desire it for ourselves because we just don't know if that person(s) are walking in God's will for their lives or if they went against it and did it on their own. And if it is God's will for them, doesn't mean it's his will for you. Or maybe it is, but just not when you want it. That's why the word says, in Matthew 6:33

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

When we take care of God's business he will take care of our business.

In order to be a true follower of Christ, we must deny ourselves daily. This means to leave everything behind and follow him. Today that means to do whatever he requires and more times then none, his desires are opposite of our own. Jesus said,

 "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." 
Luke 9:23. 

"Remember that God's ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts,"
Isaiah 55:8. 

Our fleshly desires are evil, wicked and selfish. 

"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transfromed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Romans 12:2

When we take on the mind and heart of God, he implants new desires that are ours for the asking. 

Be encouraged! This does not mean that we ought not pray and ask, it means that when we ask God for something, we must come to him with "a clean heart and renewed spirit" (Psalm 51). Interior motives and intentions are what God sees, he knows the heart of each person and if you listen carefully, he will show you your intent. If he says no, just know he may be saving you from something that you can not see. He protects and guards those who love and follow him with a pure heart. (Psalm 91)


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