Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting What You Desire, How He Desires

 A lot of us myself included has desired and some of us still do have desires of many things, such as a husband, nice car, home, kids, successful career and/or ministry, etc....but we never see them fulfilled. The scripture "Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart" in Proverbs 37:4 we've heard, read, and quote it like we wrote it ourselves. The problem comes for most of us, is that we normally zone in on that latter part to justify us receiving our desire. "God, you know I desire x, y, and z, and you said in your Word that you would give me the desires of my heart". "So I believe and stand on your Word and receive x, y, and z in Jesus name, Amen". Does or has anyone's prayer sounded like this? I'll be the first to raise my hand, and admit to doing this ignorantly and foolishly many times before. I've stumbled with this so many times before, and know what comes next just like the plot in a predictable movie. We don't see that desire fulfilled after praying, and then the 3 D's of Doom start to set in I like to call:Discontentment, Discouragement, and Doubt. We then put the blame on God, saying "Lord, you said you would give it, so why don't I have it? We forget all about the instruction that must proceed first before having the hope of the latter promise. Let's look at that instruction "Delight thyself also in the Lord" a little closer so we can get some answers, and calm down you all that are being bombarded by the 3 D's of Doom which may make you jump ahead of God. We definitely don't want to do that. The word delight means to be happy, glad, or pleased, or to take great pleasure or satisfaction in or about something or someone. So the scripture is telling us, if we are to receive the desires of our heart we must first be happy, glad, and pleased in the Lord, take great pleasure and satisfaction in him. What am I saying? We must be pleased with the things he is pleased with, satisfied in who he is, and our heart's affections should be inclined towards him. When we position ourselves in this manner our desires are gonna then begin to conform and line up with his divine will in what pleases, satisfies, and makes Him happy, and then he will gladly give us the desires of our heart.

Well, I hear you saying "How do I know what pleases him and satisfies him?  "How do I know for certain if what I'm desiring is in his will"?, because I'm tired of racking my brain, energies, and nerves, guessing if it's in his will for me to have x, y, and z? I hear you, I hear you my sister! The answer is by getting to know him intimately and personally, which is done by reading/studying/meditating in his Word and staying in communication in prayer to him. I know you're like "I think I'm already doing that", or "Really? This is all I need to do"? Yes, that is all you need to do girlfriend, but not all inconsistently, hit and miss, and when you get good and ready. It don't and won't definitely work like that honey.  It's just like with a natural relationship with a person, the more time you talk to them and they talk to you, you spend time with them, you find out more and more about their character, personality, like, dislikes, interests, goals, plans, etc... and as time goes on you don't have to guess where you two should hang out together, eat at, do together, etc.. because you have come to know that person intimately and personally. The same with God, once we get in his Word and communicate with him through prayer DAILY & CONSISTENTLY, we learn more and more about his character, nature, likes, dislikes, desires and plans for us, till we don't have to guess if something is in his will or whether it glorifies him or not, but we'll confidently know because we faithfully know him. Are we getting the bigger picture here ladies? So when you desire to have something or someone, make sure your heart's desires are what he desires. #HeartCheck! The bible says in Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". To find out if your desires are right and in line with God, check that heart! If it does line up with him you can be sure that he will give those desires to you, and it will be in his timing. The scripture says he will give them to you, but it does not say when.........Which I will be posting a part 2 to this later, addressing the aftermath of checking the heart concerning your desire, and being stuck with the question "Why haven't I received what I desired yet"? So come back later and let's continue this journey to living in our true identities, of being daughters of the King!

I love you all, but God loves you so much more!
Your Sister~Jassmine~A Dear Daughter Of The King

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