Heart’s Desires, CV and More

July 2, 2021 at 9:46 PM 3 comments

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Before we get into our main subject, I’ve included some links that may be of interest.

Seems there may be a great deal in common between 1918-1919 and today…

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What are your heart’s desires? What is it you most wish to achieve in this life? What desires motivate you in your day to day living experience? The Bible tells us repeatedly that God will give us the desires of our heart. Unfortunately, that’s usually where many Christians stop, almost always ignoring context. This is a mistake made due to the habit of cherry-picking Scripture verses that appeal to our fallen natures. This whole concept has morphed into an industry called, among other names, the word of faith (WOF) movement. In that setting, people are taught God exists to mainly help us achieve our potential or to grant us whatever it is we can envision. This of course makes God little more than a celestial Genie, but those within WOF see no problem with that way of thinking. They mistake faith in God for faith in believing. Is God’s willingness to give us the desires of our heart open-ended and a blank slate? The Bible appears to indicate that truly answered prayer comes at a fairly steep price; a willingness to place ourselves under God’s rule and authority so that the desires of our heart are recreated to conform to His desires for us. This is something that word of faith people conveniently ignore. Consider Psalm 37:3-4 and the five steps we need to do to gain a specific outcome.

(A) Trust in the Lord, and (B) do good; (C) Dwell in the land, and (D) feed on His faithfulness. (E) Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. (letters added)

The last statement says simply that God will give us our desires, right? Yes, and when taken out of context will seem to be an open-ended reward system overseen by God. But what comes before the last statement? No less than five steps. First, we must trust the Lord. Second, do good. “Good” are the many things outlined in God’s moral code found within the Mosaic Law and elsewhere within His Word; the way we treat others, the way we refrain from stealing, lying, cheating, etc. If we truly trust the Lord, the outworking of that trust is found in the way we deal with other people. Contrary to popular opinion, Christians need to be doing what is right and true, not catering to or embracing the world’s humanism so as to not appear “judgmental.” We have not been released from the dictates of God’s moral code, but only the ceremonial portions related to the sacrificial system. We do not uphold God’s moral code to gain salvation. We uphold it because we have salvation and wish to honor Him. He provides the strength to do so as we lean on Him daily. Third, we are to “dwell in the land and four, feed on His faithfulness.” Obviously, the dwelling in the land applies to Israel, but there is a sense in which we, as sojourners here, must be willing to live peacefully, as as far as possible, and to constantly remind ourselves of just how faithful God is to all who righteously call upon His Name. This naturally leads to the fifth thing, delighting in the Lord. Raise your hand if you do these things perfectly. My hand isn’t raised either. The more we learn about and focus on God from His Word, the more we will delight in the Lord. These five things build on each previous step, which is why trusting Him is numero uno. The result of all following these five steps – trusting Him, doing good, feeding on His faithfulness, dwelling peaceably in the land, and delighting in God – is God granting us the desires of our hearts. We of course need to realize that if we are actively doing the first five steps, then the desires of our heart will be remodeled so to speak so that our desires are conformed to His. It is that simple to mentally understand, yet takes a lifetime to put into practice. This is the way it is for Christians who take their relationship with God seriously. Our desires will be overhauled so that the desires we come to embrace in our hearts, are God’s own desires.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works. The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. The Lord preserves all who love Him, But all the wicked He will destroy. (Psalm 145:17-20, emphasis added)

Notice that this Psalm tells us that God is righteous in everything He does and that God is “near” to those who call upon Him. But the caveat here is that He is near to all who call upon Him in truth. God responds positively to those who honestly seek Him and His ways. Others, who are insincere or self-centered and not serious about a relationship with God, He will often ignore. However, God “will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him.” Why? Because those who fear offending God will see their desires becoming increasingly aligned with God and His will for our lives. This then provides the strength to fulfill them. We will live less and less for “self” and increasingly for God and His will. That will become our motivation, enabling us to know that we delight in fearing (to offend) the Lord. As I’ve said before, fear of the Lord literally means to fear offending Him in any way, shape or form. It is like the husband who so loves his wife that under no circumstance would he ever wish to offend her by lusting after other women or engaging in misconduct. His fear of offending his wife (brought about by sincere love, respect and commitment to her), keeps him from even entertaining the thought of it. Joseph wasn’t even married, yet he had this sincere fear of offending God (Genesis 39). Fear of offending creates trust and a deep appreciation. How much do we trust and deeply appreciate God? Enough to fear offending Him? In Matthew 22:37-40 when responding to one of the lawyers (trying to test Him), Jesus was asked which law was the greatest commandment. His answer sums up what Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 12:13 about fearing and obeying God. Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” You cannot love and trust God in that way and not fear offending Him. If we love God like that, God’s desires become our desires. Loving God in this way transforms our hearts, our souls, and minds so that we gradually become more aligned with God’s desires for us. We learn to increasingly embrace those desires and count them as our own. The actual process that is involved in this is also laid out in Proverbs 2:1-5 (emphasis added).

1 My son, if you receive my words, And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God.

Here the steps are made plain. Know God’s Word and treasure it in your heart. This will begin the process of inclining our ears to wisdom. We will become familiar with wisdom and it will take up more room in our life. Wisdom is knowing what to do with knowledge. Knowledge in itself is not wisdom but can lead to it if our hearts, minds, and souls are right with God and if we are doing what God says we must do in order to gain wisdom. Once we start to gain wisdom, our hearts will grow in understanding of spiritual things (v 2b). If we continue to seek these things, then, says Solomon, we will begin to understand the fear of (offending) the Lord and we will ultimately gain knowledge of God. Isn’t that what happened to Job? With certainty. Notice in the above verses the person who follows the outlined steps ultimately has his/her heart’s desires transformed. The end result of reading His Word, treasuring it in our hearts and gaining wisdom is that we will also gain an increasing fear of (offending) the Lord. True knowledge of God is a byproduct. Christians today who do not read, study, memorize or meditate on His Word are spiritually immature and unfit, though often unaware of it. What guides them is not His Word, but their feelings, a terrible substitute. This leads to only one thing (hat tip to the folks at Watchman’s Bagpipes):

When man makes his feeling the measure of spiritual matters he does little more than deny the God of the Scripture and set himself in His place.

Either we have God as our Lord in all things pertaining to life and godliness or Self will be the god of our life. Which is it? God doesn’t exist to grant us earthly or fleshly desires of our heart. He is there to align our desires to conform to His desires, to save us from ourSELVES and hell by changing our desires to conform to His. It is these desires that He will grant. Living the Christian life is asking yourself, “who or what do I fear?” and doing that daily, often many times throughout each day. Are our desires God’s desires for us or are we still drawn to fleshly desires that we think God somehow honors? God has outlined a way for us to draw close to Him in salvation and resultant fellowship. He has also outlined how He can and will transform our desires so that they equal His desires in this life. The choice is ours and we need to choose wisely.

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3 Comments

  • 1. Maranatha Today  |  July 7, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Thanks for such wise words in this article…may we continue to grow in the fear of the Lord and His desire for our lives be met.

    Thanks for all the links. Just reading the titles sends me shivers. The world is surely on the road to destruction when the things that just 2 years ago would be unthinkable are now being touted as “normal!”

    God will not be mocked and His righteous wrath will be meted out to all who defy His word…time…Blessings to you both.

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    • 2. modres  |  July 7, 2021 at 1:11 PM

      Amen, Maranatha. Amazing what’s happening today. I never would’ve dreamed it really, but there it is.

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