Desires…everyone has has them. In fact God has made humankind with the capacity to have desires and passions. Even the psalmist writes “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” But can can we expect God to deliver whatever desire or want that we have? Well, when it comes to desires, the Lord should be first in our hearts and only when our dreams align with the Father’s plan for our lives does He fulfill them.
1. Your Desires Reveal Who You Are
When it comes to our desires they can reveal different aspects of our character and who we are. Here are five common parts of our character that are revealed in our desires.
- They reveal our overall character: It is your character that tells people who you are, what you like, and what your interests are. Based on what your are passionate and desirous of will be what character you display and people see.
- They determine your self-esteem: Because our desires and priorities are often contrary to the will of God we lack in this area. When our desires line up with God’s will for our life we know that we can approach His throne with boldness and confidence. (Hebrews 4:16)
- They reveal our direction: Simply put, our desires will determine what direction we take in life. This can be good or bad depending on the desire.
- They reveal our purpose: Desires reveal what our purpose is and what we are wanting to accomplish.
- They reveal our thinking: Our conversation brings to light the content our our thoughts. And what we think stems from our heart’s desires.
2. The Effects Of Wrong Desires
It is important for you to allow God to direct your heart and make changes if necessary. The reason is that “wrong desires” will only lead you to emptiness, pain, suffering, and disappointment. These wrong desires can even result in devastation and death. Wrong desires fall into four categories:
- Harmful: Often desirous obsessions to do a particular thing will ultimately destroy a person.
- Worldly: Believers are called to deny ungodliness and worldly passions.
- Corrupt: Only by submitting to the Holy Spirit can we live righteously.
- Fleshly: John warns us in 1 John 2:15-16 to avoid carnal lusts.
3. Principles That Lead To Obtaining Your Hearts Desires
Most of what I have shared is the negative part of desires. But God desires to give us what we long for when those longings are consistent with His Word and will for our life. Here are five principles from Psalm 37 that will help keep the proper perspective in fulfilling your desires.
- Delight Yourself In The Lord (Psalm 37:4) It’s more about delighting yourself in God than it is about fulfilling your desires. Christians should rejoice in God and desire to walk in obedience. The Lord must have first place in your life before you can claim the promise of this verse.
- Commit Your Way To The Lord (Psalm 37:5) Allow God to change any aspect of your desires that are not within His will.
- Trust In Him (Psalm 37:5) God is all-knowing, merciful, kind, and generous and He knows what is best for you. Trust Him to bring it to you.
- Rest In Him (Psalm 37:7) Resting in the Lord means trusting Him and resting in His will for your life. It means all of your contentment is found in Him not in your desires.
- Wait patiently On God (Psalm 37:7) Waiting on God is one of the key principles of Christian living.
What are your desires saying about you? Are you allowing your desires to take precedence over your delighting yourself in God? If so, maybe your desires aren’t lining up with God’s desires for you. Start today to allow your desires to be conformed to the Lord’s will and follow His guidance faithfully. It’s only then that you will experience God’s best for your life.
— Pastor Temple