How is Your Passion For The Lord
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.5 Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday Sun. 7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways when they carry out their wicked schemes.
📕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 is not uncommon for someone to tell me about 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 the 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 humble oneself and 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 ways 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 has given us seems impossible.
📕 When He is our first love, our hearts become focused on making His glory known in our life.
👉Therefore, it is a misinterpretation to quote from Psalm 37:4 and claim that the Lord will give us all the desires of our hearts.
👉God has His will and principles that must be followed to get our desires done.
👉First, when we humble ourselves before Him and please Him, our hearts desires manifest themselves within the will of God, not outside His will.
👉Second, our desires must not be egocentric (selfish), they must be to the glory of God.
👉Therefore, have passion for the glorification of the Lord instead of for possessions and material things.
👉Remember, Christ’s Return is at the Door. A stitch in time saves nine.
By Hillcross Ministries
Further readings extracted from Billy Graham Ministries
Routinely confess your sin to God (Luke 18:9-14). All of us sin and fall short of the glory of God. However, too few of us have a routine practice of rigorous self-honesty examination. Weekly, even daily, review of our hearts and behaviors, coupled with confession to God, is an essential practice of humility.
Acknowledge your sin to others (James 3:2, James 5:16). Humility before God is not complete unless there is also humility before man. A true test of our willingness to humble ourselves is willingness to share with others the weaknesses we confess to God. Wisdom, however, dictates that we do so with others that we trust.
Take wrong patiently (1 Peter 3:8-17). When something is unjust we want to react and rectify it. However, patiently responding to the unjust accusations and actions of others demonstrates our strength of godly character and provides an opportunity to put on humility.
Actively submit to authority…the good and the bad (1 Peter 2:18). Our culture does not value submission; rather it promotes individualism. How purposely and actively do you work on submission to those whom God has placed as authorities in your life? Doing so is a good way to humble yourself.
Receive correction and feedback from others graciously (Proverbs 10:17, 12:1). In the Phoenix area, a local East valley pastor was noted for graciously receiving any negative feedback or correction offered. He would simply say “thank you for caring enough to share that with me, I will pray about it and get back to you.” Look for the kernel of truth in what people offer you, even if it comes from a dubious source. Always pray, “Lord, what are you trying to show me through this?”
Accept a lowly place (Proverbs 25:6,7). If you find yourself wanting to sit at the head table, wanting others to recognize your contribution or become offended when others are honored or chosen, then pride is present. Purpose to support others being recognized, rather than you. Accept and look for the lowly place; it is the place of humility.
Purposely associate with people of lower state than you (Luke 7:36-39). Jesus was derided by the Pharisees for socializing with the poor and those of lowly state. Our culture is very status conscious and people naturally want to socialize upward. Resist the temptation of being partial to those with status or wealth.
Choose to serve others (Philippians 1:1, 2 Corinthians 4:5, Matthew 23:11). When we serve others, we are serving God’s purposes in their lives. Doing so reduces our focus on ourselves and builds the Kingdom of God. When serving another costs us nothing, we should question whether it is really servanthood
Be quick to forgive (Matthew 18: 21-35). Forgiveness is possibly one of the greatest acts of humility we can do. To forgive is to acknowledge a wrong that has been done us and also to further release our right of repayment for the wrong. Forgiveness is denial of self. Forgiveness is not insisting on our way and our justice.
Cultivate a grateful heart (1 Thessalonians 5:18). The more we develop an attitude of gratitude for the gift of salvation and life He has given us, the more true our perspective of self. A grateful heart is a humble heart.
Purpose to speak well of others (Ephesians 4:31-32). Saying negative things about others puts them “one down” and us “one up.” Speaking well of others edifies them and builds them up. Make sure, however, that what you say is not intended as flattery.
Treat pride as a condition that always necessitates embracing the cross (Luke 9:23). It is our nature to be proud and it is God’s nature in us that brings humility. Committing to a lifestyle of daily dying to ourselves and living through Him is the foundation for true humility.