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Your Heart's Desire

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

What is My Desire? Is it for the gold and silver of this world that is going to meltwith fervent heat; or is to see God's kingdom established in this world? Am I content with the daily provision of a heavenly Father who clothes the lily and feeds the sparrow; or do I need the riches of this world to show that I am blessed of God? It is often said that we must obtain the riches of this world so that we might give to the cause of God. We certainly should give and we will be rewarded for doing so. But nothing can take the place of preaching the Word and God confirming it. God is quite capable of doing His own promotion and advertising. He did so in the book of Acts. He did so in the early days of the Pentecostal movement and He is still doing so. Nothing can replace the testimony of the woman at the well in John 4. It was simply, "Come and see a man..." This was the most effective method then and it still is today!

What Was the Desire of Jesus?

When talking of Desire it would be good to see how Jesus treated the subject. He was definitely promised the heathen for an inheritance. I'm so glad that He was, because that allowed me to be saved. He was promised the earth as a possession. He delayed possessing the earth until every possible person could be saved. He will possess the earth and rule with a rod of iron. Thank God that it was His desire that we be saved. Thank God He humbled Himself and came to this world as a slave (Phillipians 2). He will claim His inheritance and thank God, we have been made joint heirs with Him.

Psalms 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

It would be good to read Psalm 21 very carefully. It speaks of Jesus. Jesus received His heart's desire. Note vs. 4, He asked for life and received eternal life.

Psalms 21:1The king shall joy in thy strength, O LORD; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.
3 For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.
5 His glory is great in thy salvation: honour and majesty hast thou laid upon him.
6 For thou hast made him most blessed for ever: thou hast made him exceeding glad with thy countenance.

If Jesus thought so much of us that His heart's desire was for us to live eternally, doesn't that show a pattern of what our desires should be? I once heard a man say that every car in the church parking lot should be a Mercedes with a gold bumper. Hopefully, he was making his point by exageration. I would likewise make a point by exageration. Should I ask for my own table to be set sumptiously or should I ask for the starving in Haiti? Should my desire be that my church have an elaborate building or should I ask for a mission that barely has a roof.

Gain is not necessarily Godliness

There is much unbalanced teaching pertaining to receiving the desires of our heart. The apostle Paul warned of those who pervert the truth of God, in regard to this world's riches, in no uncertain terms. It would be good to read it carefully.

I Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

I never hear the following verse quoted when I'm being told that the riches of this world are mine for the asking.

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Paul makes the contrast. He says, "flee these things" and then he tells us what to follow after.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness,faith, love, patience, meekness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

A Contrast

Here is another contrast between the "desire of the wicked"

Proverbs 21:25 ¶ The desire of the slothful killeth him;for his hands refuse to labour.

Psalms 10:3 For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth.

and the desire of the righteous."

Psalms 38:9 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee.
Psalms 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

Psalms 145:19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

Proverbs 11:23 ¶ The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.

Isaiah 26:8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

Finally, any teaching of prosperity has to be balanced with dicipleship.

Mark 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

My Desire

My desire is that I personally be content with the daily bread that is graciously provided by my heavenly father. My fervent desire is to see the kingdom of God advanced on this earth. I desire to see men and woman delivered from the bondage of sin. I desire to see the Word of God confirmed, when it is preached. I desire to see the gospel preached to the poor, to see the deliverance of the captive and the opening of blinded eyes. My desire is to walk in His glory and the full provisions of His salvation. Most of all my desire is to see Him and to be changed into His image.

The purpose of About-Him.Com is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ whom we preach as the Almighty God manifest in the flesh.It is our desire that everything presented on these pages increases your faith in our God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Last modified: 02-02-2017
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