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
- Joyce Meyer – Moving Beyond Worry and Anxiety (briannagetssmart.wordpress.com)
- Prepare to Love Others – Joyce Meyer (trinashaynachua.wordpress.com)
- To Give You Hope (lbtk.wordpress.com)
- Has God Spoken To You Lately? (livingwithrealjoy.wordpress.com)
- You Are Loved (mysacredobsession.wordpress.com)
Yesterday our pastor spoke on a familiar passage of scripture from Ephesians 5:21-29
“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word and to present her to himself as a radiant church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church”
It is a powerful passage that has been abused and misused over the years. But the point is that – just as we should take up the heart of a servant – like Jesus did for us by his demonstration and example – so husbands and wives should live in submission to each other.
If there is physical and emotional abuse – it should not be tolerated and backed up with the above scripture – as God clearly wants us to live as servants to each other.
As Stephen was talking – something stood out to me. He said, “Husbands should be spending all of themselves on their wives.” As a musician, my mind quickly thought of the lyrics where I had heard that terminology before: Jon McLaughlin – “A Song You Might Hear At A Wedding”. These song lyrics are powerful and I encourage you to listen to this great song video. It is the beautiful expression of a man for his wife. You will love the line “I promise to spend the rest of me on you”. Powerful and poignant.
When was the last time you spent yourself on someone? As a husband or wife – do you practice this each day? Isn’t it about time?
- What’s Making Your Noise? (cindyholman.wordpress.com)