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Topic: Desire (01/17/05)
By Teresa Flick
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He is the Lover of my soul. His desire is for me. He has given His very life to prove that I am the one that He longs for. He left heaven for me. He walked the earth for me. He died on the cross for me. He sits at the right hand of the Father for me. How can I doubt that His desire is for me. In that knowledge, in realizing His passion for me, can I settle for anything less than having a passionate desire for Him? I think not.
Psalm 37:4(NLT) says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s desires.” I have to ask myself, what are my heart’s desires.
A few years ago the answer was a lot more complicated than it is today. I wanted to be beautiful and needed, loved and appreciated. Now my heart’s desire is to be more and more like Jesus and to be filled with the fullness of Him.
Psalm 37:4 tells me that if I take delight in the Lord He will give me what I long for, but how do I delight in Him?
First, I brought God delight when I accepted His Son as my Lord and Savior. When I realized that there is no life apart from Jesus.
Second, I brought God delight when I realized and accepted His call on my life. Coming to Christ is not all about me, it’s about dying to me, so that He can live through me, reaching others, so that they can spend eternity with Him, too.
Third, I bring God delight when I live in the light of His love, accepting His love for me and letting Him use me to love others. This isn’t always easy, because often times I get in His way with my stinky attitude and self-preserving nature, but He is teaching me and showing me that to bring Him joy is to let His love rule in my life.
Fourth, I delight in God by worshiping Him. Although, He called me to be a worship leader many years ago, I feel I have only just begun to understand and experience what true worship really is.
True worship is sitting at the feet of Jesus like Mary did, when life went on as usual around her. True worship is being able to sing songs of praise as I sit in the prisons of life, like Paul and Silas did. True worship is remembering that God is with me every minute of every day and He deserves my attention and love. I need to let Him have my heart through words and thoughts of love and adoration. True worship is having a thirst for God that cannot be quenched.
In delighting in God He has become the desire of my heart. There is no better desire than to make God the air that I breathe.
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