Running after our own desires only brings shame
When was the last time this statement had you nodding your head in agreement?
Heard an excellent message yesterday morning at a church we were visiting. The pastor had many great points about Ephesians 1 – and in particular what God desires for us.
Are our own desires always bad? When they don’t line up with the word of God and God’s ultimate plan for our lives – our desires can bring us only temporary happiness – but not lasting joy.
Heard another excellent video message this morning from Joyce Meyer. She was speaking on the subject of “Fear”. One of the best I’ve ever heard on this subject. In the middle of the message – she almost echoed the words above that the pastor had spoken yesterday – “when we follow after something from the flesh – it only satisfies for a little while – but then we end up feeling REALLY STUPID and having tons of regret”
The question should be: “What does God want for my life?” Period. He has so much more planned for me than I can ever imagine – and the things He does not give me is only to protect me or give me something better instead.
That simple trust is very hard. We want what we want. I want what I want. I sometimes try to “help” God, trying to manipulate circumstances to get it – instead of just giving it up and asking what He wants for me.
Are you asking for something today and God is saying, “No”? Is it a desire of the flesh? Is it something He does not want for you? Is it withheld because of the great lesson you are going to learn from it?
God will never give you something that causes shame.
You can take that to the bank, my friend.
Romans 9:33 – As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”
I am praying for you