God has to show us what is in us because we don’t know ourselves as He does. Read more…
“Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” – Plato
Desires of the heart. Something that we have from the time we enter this world following birth. A baby desires to be fed, cuddled and coddled. A toddler desires to master new skills as they learn to move about independently. Small children desire unconditional love and approval of their parents. Adolescents desire friendship and to fit into the crowd. Yet adolescents want to stand out and be noticed for their individuality while still having a sense of belonging. Adults desire respect, love and security. Everyone desires. These are all pure desires.
However in this world of sin, not every desire that we have is pure, and not everyone desires to have pure desires. Even when we do have pure desires the way we may try to acquire what we want may be faulty at times.
Because we are born in sin, unfortunately many of our desires can be sinful. Like the deceitful desires that Paul mentions in Ephesians chapter four when he speaks of darkened understanding. He names the way that they manifest themselves among darkened minds; they are sensual and cause a person to be greedy and practice all types of impurity. These are all desires of the “old self” and his/her way of life. The lies the enemy speaks and tempts us to believe.
Before we can live out our purpose, as we discussed in the last, post we have to let God do some work in us. He has to weed out all of the deceit that we have accepted and believed from the enemy. Our desires have to be in alignment with what God says about us instead of what the enemy speaks. This calls for a whole lot of work on our hearts and minds.
God says in Jeremiah 17:9-10, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” God has to show us what is in us because we don’t know ourselves as He does. Some of the things that we know about ourselves we may not see in the same light that He does. So He has to show us what those things look like from His point of view so we can want true change.
We can’t live for God from a place where our hearts and minds are at war with each other. This is not compatible with the wholeness God desires to give us. We can try as hard as we like to please someone doing what they want us to do because we believe it is the right thing to do. But if our heart is not in it, we will only cease to do what we know to be right and go the path our hearts are leading.
Today take some time and ask God to reveal to you any desires that might be in you that you need Him to remove that may be in the way of anything He has for you to do. Ask him to reveal any places of impurity and to give you pure desires—the ones you need to be whole and live as who He has created you to be.
P. S. Listen to this song by Elevation Worship, “Give me Faith” and be blessed. Until next time. Peace and God’s abundant Blessings