Posts Tagged ‘desire’

   

 “I am like an owl in the desert, like a little owl in a far-off wilderness.” (Psalms‬ ‭102‬:‭6‬ NLT)

In the deserts of the southwestern US and Mexico, Gila Woodpeckers use saguaros—giant, tree-like cacti that may reach 43 ft in height and 10 ft in circumference—for food and shelter. In addition to insects, they eat cactus fruits and berries. Equipped with a thick bill, the Gila Woodpecker plays an important role in maintaining the health of saguaros by removing insects and trimming damaged tissue, which heals the cacti. It thrives where the rest of its woodland cousins cannot. 

In this psalm, the writer is speaking of a desolate and distressed time of life. The imagery of a desert is meant to symbolize pain and loss in this life. And yet, we know that in such a destitute place, there is a thriving life. Where one may call the prickly cactus a horrible and useless plant, someone else calls it Home Sweet Home! The difference is simply perception. 

Does your life seem desolate? Allow God to help shape what you are feeling. You see through the lenses of self’s desires and disappointments, but God sees so much more! Your cactus can become your castle! You are loved today! 

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“Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭1‬ NKJV)

Last April, Mary Beth Sammons lost her job as a vice president for an Internet company where she made about $110,000 working 50 hours a week. Today, Sammons works more than 60 hours a week at two jobs — one at a preparatory high school and another for an online magazine — and is barely making $50,000. While Sammons, 52, would rather be working one job, as a single mother, with one child in college and another kid heading there, she said, “I take work wherever I can get it.”

Sacrifice suggests an action that must take place regardless of will or even against our preferred desire. As Christians, there are often times when we must sacrifice personal desire in order to achieve God’s desire for us. The hardest part is denying personal wants of the immediate, even though we know that God’s eventual accomplished plan works out even better for us. What must happen must happen. 

Be a person of sacrifice for what is right. Whether family or spiritual, some goals are definitely worth it. Do what you’ve got to do and you’ll see what you need to see! You are loved today! 

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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭1‬:‭8‬ NLT)

From the last Monday of August to the first Monday of September, a phenomenon occurs in the Black Rock Desert outside Reno, NV, known as Burning Man. A Woodstock Festival for a newer generation, tens of thousands of people will descend upon the dry lake bed for a wild week of whatever-go’s in the name of artistic self-expression, culminating in the burning of a huge wooden man.

John Wesley is reported to have once said, “Catch on fire with enthusiasm and people will come for miles to see you burn.” But the burning Wesley is speaking of isn’t a gesture of self-expression, but to be consumed with a passion for God! In a culture absorbed with self and selfies, it’s a refreshing sight to see a stance for something greater than narcissism, and even more unique when it’s genuinely about God.

If your journey is on the Christ Life path, become “The Burning Man” for those around you. By allowing the Holy Spirit to saturate your life, you will burn with God’s vision for reaching the lost. May God help us to be on fire for Him and allow others to be drawn to His flame! You are loved today!

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For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭19‬ NLT)

Not many things are tougher than a boot camp drill sergeant. Essentially, they are breaking down your civilian attitude and building you into a soldier. That doesn’t come easy, at least in the U.S military. The personal will of the individual must go so that commands for the greater good can be followed, regardless of the cost. They see what the cadet often cannot.

God is the same way. He knows what is best for you, what leads to better living and more blessing, even though it has a price. The whole of God’s will hinges upon our ability to let our own will turn into faithful obedience. If not, we always fail.

Oswald Chambers once said, “When we think seriously about what it will cost others if we obey the call of Jesus, we tell God He doesn’t know what our obedience will mean. Keep to the point—He does know. Shut out every other thought and keep yourself before God in this one thing only—my utmost for His.” With God in control, your new year could be your best! You are loved!

Are you seeking great things for yourself?” (Jeremiah 45:5 NLT)

Imelda Marcos, widow of the former dictatorial president of the Philippines, is known for many reasons, but none more than her hunger for money and shoes. Today, since returning from exile years ago, she serves as a politician in the Philippines, is the 3rd richest Filipino at $5 billion in net worth, and has a museum that houses her 3,000+ pairs of shoes. In a poverty-ridden nation, she lives in continued excess and extravagance.

In the Christ Life, we must gauge whether we are still desiring more stuff, or are we desiring to be a better person. Some do try to live for God simply to get things from Him, but that account will soon dry up. As much as God loves to bless us and meet our needs, He is more concerned about long-term spiritual health than our immediate desires. A telling sign would be our prayer time: do we spend it just being in His presence or always asking for things?

Learn the value of desiring God’s presence more than His presents! By hungering for the right things the right way, you can ensure that you’ll have both! Stuff will never satisfy, always being replaced with more, but the richness of a true spiritual life is limitless! You are loved today!

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We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” (Colossians 1:9, 10 NLT)

According to an article at mastersinleadership.org, “10 Essential Traits of a Good Leader”, being clearly understandable is second only to being honest. Clarity & understanding is necessary, not only in business or education, but also in spiritual life too. Many have a vague understanding of God or the Bible at best, and yet keep stumbling along in ambiguity rather than pressing in for greater knowledge, largely because we either don’t like to read, are bored with church, or don’t have time to pray, the top 3 venues for gaining spiritual knowledge.

Paul’s desire & prayer for the people at Colosse was to grow in knowing God, for when we know Him & what pleases His heart, we will long to live in that manner. To know His will is also to know your path, your destined purposes in this life, and finding this brings much more satisfaction for life.

Come to church tomorrow, ready to experience God in the one place you know He desires for His people to be. Let Him, not you, place a desire in your heart for learning, growing & praying. God will give you the “want to”, then all you need accomplish is the “will do”! You are loved! See you tomorrow!

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