Desires of the heart

It’s been several days.

I’m not even sure when the Lord began talking with me about it.

Yet, His faithfulness is evident in His consistent love.

He’s been pointing out an area of my heart I’m struggling with.

When does the heart set itself upon a particular desire?

How does it suddenly become a treasure you guard and hide?

Nothing should be so important, no desire so attractive, that it begins to be “off limits”.

In other words, the Lord has been pointing out a desire which has grown out of proportion.

He’s been bring it to my attention and saying:

Give this to Me.

My answer: “Yes, Lord.”

But my emotions are less obedient,

And thus I’ve struggled.

It’s so much harder to untwine the tendrils of desire than for them to grow.

Especially, when it’s a perfectly normal desire.

Yet, God is Sovereign.

He knows when a desire has gotten out of line, encroaching upon my willingness to surrender all.

I’m thankful He loves me so much as to show me this danger.

I’m thankful He’s so patient with me and my unruly emotions.

I’m certain He has my best at heart.

So, I’m being purposeful in replacing my overgrown desire with God’s Word.

Psalm 10:17 NKJV — LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear,

“Lord, help me to be humble. To understand Your will is best, mine is shortsighted. Please prepare my heart.”

Psalm 40:8 NKJV — I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”

“Lord, please help me to trust You with every detail of my life. Lord, each time this desire, or any other, begins to grow, clip it back, bring it under submission to Your perfect will.”

Psalm 37:31 NKJV — The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.

“Lord, please help me to keep You on the throne of my heart. Keep my devotion to You pure. Please be with my thoughts, help me take each one captive. Please be with my eyes, help me be wise as to what I look at.”

Romans 13:14 NKJV — But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

“Lord Jesus, I never want to feed my sinful nature, but instead, I want to put on Your attributes, Your love, Your mercy, Your grace. Please help my heart to follow You.”

Ephesians 6:11 NKJV — Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

“Lord, thank You for this armor. Thank You for protecting me. Please help me to be focused and purposeful each day.”

“Dear Lord Jesus,

You know my heart. You know what I am struggling with. I choose to place all my desires in Your hands and to walk forward into Your perfect truth. Thank You again for showing me this. Thank You for Your patient endurance of my struggle. I know in You my heart, mind, and emotions will line up with Yor will. May Your name be glorified! Amen.

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