holy spirit

The Desires of Your Heart

Psalm 37:4-7

God wants to be the greatest passion of every believer’s life. If we claim to love the Lord, our connection with Him should have priority over possessions, vocation, and even other relationships. Yet we often miss the true message of Psalm 37:4 by assuming the verse means we can get what we want. It’s not uncommon for believers to have a prayer request and then add, “God promised to give me the desires of my heart.” In fact, believers at times are so fixed on an outcome that they take matters into their own hands to “help God out.”

But in context, that scripture reveals the Lord’s principle for purifying our desires and issues a call for devotion to Him. To delight in the Lord means to take pleasure in discovering more about Him and following His will. This leads to the Holy Spirit aligning our heart’s desires with His, which always puts us in position to experience His blessings.

When we commit our way to God, we allow our thoughts, goals, and lifestyle to be shaped by His will and the things He loves. In other words, we acknowledge His right to determine whether our longing fits His plan. If we rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him, then we will rely on Him to work out circumstances, even when the desire He’s given us seems impossible. When He is our first love, our hearts become focused on making His glory known in our life.

When we are aligned with His will, our Father wants to give us our heart’s desires—in His time. As we learn to enjoy Him for who He is, our self-focused wants are replaced by His perfect will and purpose for us.

Maybe this month, your friends are graduating and you aren’t. Perhaps you’re going to wedding after wedding and it seems like the timeline of meeting your husband gets further away by the day. Maybe your peers are having babies or getting their dream jobs and you’re the only one who doesn’t have the things she been praying for.

If that’s you, know that God hasn’t forgotten you, but He also doesn’t want you to forget the process. He doesn’t want you to forget that good things take time and that you are growing day by day, like a tree, but trees do not grow overnight. He doesn’t want you to forget that He is faithful, and you have to trust Him because He knows what He is doing.

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. - Psalm‬ ‭1:3‬

Hold on and keep being faithful! Don’t allow yourself to become disheartened by the people that seem to keep moving ahead while you’re moving backward. These things are battles in a much greater war that God has already won. So hold onto Him. He is faithful in shaping you and equipping you for the things to come.

Written by @morganhnichols for #TheDevoCo

This is the sign.

I thought Jesus is not there when I cry.

Psalm 56:8 “ You keep track of all my sorrows.
   You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
   You have recorded each one in your book. ”

I thought God hates me.

Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

I thought I’m a mistake.

Jeremaiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; “

I believed a lie. Can you trust in the truth?

John 14:6  “ Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ”

Come home. Please. Come home. Don’t believe in a lie. Trust in Jesus.<3

We often read the gospels and think “Oh my goodness, Judas was such a villain!”

We single him out because He did the unthinkable and betrayed Jesus. But what if you read the passages again and reminded yourself of all the times you have betrayed Jesus?

All the times that you exchanged God for something seemingly more worth your time? Your attention? Your effort?
And what’s worse, we do it more than once. Everyday, even. Yet the grace of God covers us. Jesus died even for Judas.

So what is your “bag of silver coins”? Because we all have something.

We’re all Judas.