Psalm 37: 4- (The Message) Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your hearts desires.
Psalm 40:8- (ESV) I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
James 1:14-18 (NIV)… but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created.
What do you desire? Wish for? Want desperately? These are common conditions familiar to us all and we mistakenly use desire, wish, hope and want interchangeably when DESIRE is the root for all that we hope for, wish for and desperately want. We also frequently confuse desire with passion and reduce it to sexual feelings, but true desire is so much more and, in fact most often intrinsic. Desires are not as voluntary as we choose to believe and they make us crave meeting them from our core. Genuine desires are most deeply innate, they just ARE and were with us from birth. Actions arise out of desires and we do what we want to do unless crisis or need supersede our desires (which is a most unsatisfactory way to live).
Truth told, desires are dictators. They are non-negotiable. They will tell you how to feel, how to think and how to act. Desires won’t listen to God, need, other people unless you force them to and they frequently render you powerless to do so by hiding/submerging and squishing themselves under accomplishments and achievements--that's why we so frequently go down a course in life and then once we arrive what we get isn't really what we thought it would be or want, and why the rub in life is not just getting what we want, but wanting what we have.
Desires especially run amok when unattended and show up in the form of addictions and obsessions. They're an important part of our emotional make-up, our soul. They sit on the seat of our well-being and are a catalyst to will, want, accomplish and fulfill your purpose and reason for existence. You have to pay attention to your desires and learn to meet them in a beneficial way. For successful living you must come to terms with how you let your desires dictate your motivations, pleasures and rewards. You must also submit your desires to God and pray for Him to reveal what they really are because most often we’re in denial or ignorant about what is really dangling below the surface dictating our behaviors.
Getting insight into your own deepest desires is a worthy pursuit. Turning off life, settling into silence and counting your life worthy of examination is a most difficult discipline but is needed. Receiving His loving answers about what you’re truly desiring, wanting and needing will bring you such peace and put your life on a path to authentic living you won’t regret. Beloved, I am praying with and for you.
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