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Understanding Your Desires (1)

‘He shall give you the desires of your heart.’ Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Your capacity to desire certain things is a gift from God; it’s a powerful motivator. Picture two kids taking swimming lessons. One does it because he watched the Olympic Games and wants to win a gold medal when he grows up. The other takes lessons because his dad said he had to. Which kid do you think is likely to make it to the Olympics?

In Genesis we read: ‘Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.’ (Genesis 29:20 NIV) What kind of person would see seven years’ hard work as a mere few days? Someone working towards his or her dream!

Jesus told the story of a man with a ‘got-to-have-it’ desire. When he discovered treasure buried in a field, he ‘went and sold all he had and bought that field.’ (Matthew 13:44 NIV) Similarly, the people who listened to Jesus were so drawn to His peace, courage, and wisdom that they thought, ‘I must have what He has.’

Do our desires sometimes lead us astray? For sure! In order to be able to trust them, you must do two things:

(1) Desire a relationship with God above all else. ‘Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.’

(2) Make sure your desires are in harmony with His will. ‘I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.’ (Psalm 40:8 NKJV) When you centre your life around God and His Word, you can trust ‘the desires of your heart’. And God will give them to you!

written by Bob Gass
Thank you for this lovely devotion @ladylovesJesus

Our relationship with God, with Jesus, should always be the desire of our heart.

It they are we will have living waters and never thirst, we will never go hungry, in fact our appetite to be with Him will grow daily.

God also gives us pictures of Heaven, the Current Heaven and the New Heaven/New Earth, He wants us to image every item He tells us in His Word, He wants us to look forward and desire to be there.

Hebrews 11:16 (NKJV)

16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

Paul had this desire firmly in his heart and shares it with us so we may have the same desire.

Philippians 1:23 (NKJV)
23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.

Bless you \o/

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