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The Good And Bad of our Desires.

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Mark 11:24 "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them."

I don't know about you, but I've never moved a mountain or cursed a fig tree. So in context, we have this verse speaking about our desires. We have to remember that we still have two natures that continually warring against our minds....

Romans 7:20 "Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members."


Two sides of our desires. One is God pleasing, and the other does not please God, it only pleases us. So many times when I had a person in my counseling office say to me, "I don't understand why this didn't work out because I prayed to the Lord that if this was not what He wanted for me, don't let it happen.

Ah yes. The old "Don't let it happen God." Perhaps some of you have prayed the same prayer and what happened was opposite your desire. Hey, we have a fleshly part of us that only wants what the flesh wants and sometimes it's so strong that our desire hinder God because He knows our thoughts and knows we don't really want Him to stop the plan.

I remember a man who's Wife died. Sometime after, he met another woman and fell in love with her. I decided, after some counseling, he was terribly lonely. His love for this woman was a combination of loneliness and the need for another close relationship. He prayed that prayer, God, if this marriage is not Your will, stop my desire now.

Well his desire for this woman was so strong that it canceled anything the Lord would do. He got married and after about ten years came back complaining that the marriage was terrible. That's a classic case of the desire of the flesh wanting to gratify the flesh at all costs. My Mother used to say, "you made your bed, now sleep in it." This is an important Scripture to remember....

Psalm 78:29 "So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
78:30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
78:31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel."


Lets look at a way to get our desires met by God....
1John 5:13 "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."


Our desire must be in accordance with the will of God, not the will of the flesh. Mark 11:24 at the beginning of my OP shows that God really does want to answer our desires. The "believing" that it's God's will is the answer to receiving a godly desire.

So, the big question is, "Is it God's will, or my flesh's will." Be careful how you approach your desires. I myself has had to learn the hard way.
 
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We still have before us that wrong tree, the one of which Adam and Eve partook back in Eden. It was the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eating from it gives us some things we should wish that we did not have. What is always needed is to give the reins to our heart to Jesus. He is more than willing to lead us the right way, but we keep looking at the wrong tree as "the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise" Gen 3:6.

Ah, but before us we have another better tree, the Tree that was for long closed to mankind. Is Jesus not that Tree of Life? If we eat His flesh and drink His blood (partaking of the right Tree!) is not the promise of unending Life ours?
 
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We still have before us that wrong tree, the one of which Adam and Eve partook back in Eden. It was the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eating from it gives us some things we should wish that we did not have. What is always needed is to give the reins to our heart to Jesus. He is more than willing to lead us the right way, but we keep looking at the wrong tree as "the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise" Gen 3:6.

Ah, but before us we have another better tree, the Tree that was for long closed to mankind. Is Jesus not that Tree of Life? If we eat His flesh and drink His blood (partaking of the right Tree!) is not the promise of unending Life ours?
Good words my friend.
 
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Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
 
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