Desires of Our Hearts

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart,” Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)

People will often quote this verse as a way of saying, “God will give me my desires and/or whatever I want.”  They use it in reference to houses, cars, spouses, jobs and the list could go on and on. While our Heavenly Father does want us to have good things, that does not mean He is a vending machine that gives us everything we want when we pray the right prayers.

The meaning of this verse is greater than, “God will give me whatever I want.”

It begins with the word “delight.” To delight ourselves in the Lord means to be sensitive to Him. It means that our ears are open to His voice.  It means that we are in touch with what He wants us to do. It means that we are moldable and pliable; open to be shaped by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word.

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart,” (Psalm 37:4 NKJV)We are no longer solely focused on ourselves and what we want. When we delight in God this way, He begins to change what we want. He drops His desires into our hearts and brings them to pass.

He gives us the desire to serve Him and other people.

Instead of thinking about how God can bless us and give us the next thing on our wish lists, we open ourselves up to being used by God to bless others.

This is an important step in our relationship with Jesus and fulfilling His calling on our lives. It takes us beyond the “What will God do for me?” stage and into the maturity of, “What will God use me to do?”. This will cause us to step into an even greater dimension of our calling, because we realize that our lives are no longer just about us, but how God’s grace in us can be used to serve others.

When we learn to delight ourselves in our Heavenly Father we will find true satisfaction. We’ll enter into a deeper level of relationship with Him where we don’t just trust Him to provide for us, but also want Him to use us to bless other people.

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The Rest is Up to You: Resting in Believing

The Rest is Up to You - Rest In BelievingResting in Believing

A segment of the fourth teaching in the series,

“The Rest Is Up To You” 

by Pastor Don Caywood

 

 


Learn what it means to rest in believing.  God has provided everything that we need.  All we have to do is rest by believing His Word.

Hebrews 4:9-11 tells us, “There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.”

Stop living a stressful life and learn how to enter the rest that God has provided for us from Pastor Don’s four-part teaching series “The Rest Is Up To You”.

 


 

*Note: this is just a short segment of “Resting in Believing” which is a 40 minute teaching. To purchase the full teaching call our offices at (432) 368-7714.

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