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Ain’t Skeer’d May 6, 2012

Posted by regan222 in Books, General Ranting, Religion.
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I think I will use the blog to post possible sermons and get a reaction on them before I preach them.  If you want to be a sermon “beta tester” then just comment below on what you think…

The Desires of Thine Heart

 

Turn in your bibles if you will to Psalms 37:4.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

On the surface the verse seems very straightforward and easy to interpret and yet this is far from true.  “Delight thyself also in the Lord”.  Everything about the Lord should be pleasing to you.  It should bring you delight.  We should delight in worship, delight in doing His will and delight in being the witness He wants us to be.  If we are not delighted in service we need to examine our motivation as well as our position with Him. 

In most people’s opinions,  the verse seems to present a simple action and reaction.  If we delight in the Lord then He will give us whatever we desire in our heart.  This is a faulty interpretation.  If we look deeper we find that God does not want to give us the selfish desires of our worldly hearts, He wants to change our hearts and make our desires fit into His will.  If we delight in Him, He will give us the right desires in our hearts.

It is in verses like this that real Christian commitment begins.  We want the things that we want.  They are not always bad but they are not always what God wants for us.  He wants for us the best things. 

King Hezekiah had reached his time upon this Earth.  He had done, for the most part, what was pleasing in God’s sight and yet he felt that he knew better than God.  His time was at an end and the King was about to cross over and receive his reward, yet he was not ready.  Rather than seek God’s will the king asked for healing and more time on Earth, not a bad thing , but not the best thing.  God’s permissive will can be changed by our prayer.  Sometimes it is not for the good.  The Lord added 15 years to Hezekiah’s life.  During the added 15 years he behaved foolishly and cost the kingdom of Judah nearly everything they had.  Surrender means TRUSTING GOD TO DO THE RIGHT THING EVERY TIME. 

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

If we are truly surrendered to the calling then our only prayer should be the same prayer that Jesus prayed in the Garden…”never the less, not my will but THINE.”  A beloved family member becomes sick or injured and we are immediately beseeching God for a miracle.  A financial setback can bring us to our knees on the altar service after service.  Once again, a physical healing is not a bad thing, but is it the BEST thing.  For Hezekiah it most surely was not.  Better to pray “not my will but thine” and MEAN it.  That is the place where the truly surrendered and committed Christian lives.  No trial, no circumstance, no condition, physical, spiritual, or financial can touch us.  Each time we pray we know that we are heard and answered because we only pray God’s will be done.  We can spend more of our prayer time praising and thanking Him and less time telling Him about the troubles that He already knows about anyhow.  Believe me, it’s scary to let go and trust a sick family member or a potentially devastating financial setback to God’s will, given the possibility that going through the trial might BE his will but if we can develop that kind of faith then we will find freedom that few Christians dream of. 

Ain’t Skeer’d

Have you ever seen that bumper sticker?  Absolutely NO FEAR because we are 100% committed to the belief that God knows best and we are 100% committed to seeking His will in everything.  Too much of the average Christian’s prayer is motivated by fear.  We fear death, disease, financial trouble, persecution, and a myriad of other things.  How would you like to be completely free of all that.  The Bible tells us to “fear not”.  This is not a suggestion.  It is a commandment. 

  1. Luke 5:10
    And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
    Luke 5:9-11 (in Context) Luke 5 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Luke 8:50
    But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
    Luke 8:49-51 (in Context) Luke 8 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Luke 12:7
    But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
    Luke 12:6-8 (in Context) Luke 12 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Luke 12:32
    Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
    Luke 12:31-33 (in Context) Luke 12 (Whole Chapter)

Jesus spent a great deal of time telling his disciples not to fear.  His will for us is to be so committed that nothing disturbs our peace.  If we truly believe then there is no reason for us to fear anything that the devil or the world can do and no reason to fear any trial or challenge that God may send.  We are designed to be fearless.  Daniel and the three Hebrew children should be our models…

Daniel 6

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

 

 

Daniel 3

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

That is the sort of faith we should have.  They were not even careful in their answer.  We don’t care, O king, what you do.  If you kill us then we are at home with God.  You have no power over us.

This sort of faith is not easy.  It does not come quickly.  The human condition is one of fear.  For the lost man there is NO alternative to make the fear go away.  If you have no relationship with God then you have no hope and you should be living in constant fear.  This is why the world fights so hard to reject Christianity.  They terrified not to.  If the world allows the least bit of credulity concerning the Gospel then the possibility of spending eternity in Hell becomes a reality.  For this reason, the Christian doctrine is attacked unreasonably.  Are you tired of living in fear?

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Comments»

1. Maude - May 6, 2012

You wrote, “If we look deeper we find that God does not want to give us the selfish desires of our worldly hearts, He wants to change our hearts and make our desires fit into His will.” I think you hit the nail on the head. That’s key. Good stuff here!

2. michaellaeldredge - May 6, 2012

Very good! Not my will but thine!:) I love the story of Shradrach, Meshach, and Abednego.


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