What is desire?
Desire is a wish, a longing for, a craving, a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
For example, in Psalm 27: 4, the Psalmist said “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple”.
“Have Faith in God”
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Heb. 11:6
In Mark 10:35, James and John the sons of Zebedee had a desire too.
Do we get all that we desire?
No. Not always. The Bible tells in Psalms 37:4 that when we delight ourselves in the Lord, He will fulfil the desires of our heart.
What does it mean to delight in the Lords?
Delight means to please someone greatly; to bring pleasure, happiness, joy, etc. To delight in the Lord, therefore, means to please God greatly; to do things that bring pleasure to God and provoke His blessings. In Numbers 14:8, Caleb said “if the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this Land and give it to us”. Brethren, there are things that God delights in just as there are things that God hates. We should endeavor that to do the things that God delights in and avoid the things that God hates if we expect our hearts’ desires to be fulfilled.
For example, on the one hand, God says in Pro 6:16-19 that He hates a proud look; lying tongue; hands that devise wicked imagination; feet that is swift in running to mischief; a false witness; he who sows discord among brethren. On the other hand, Psalms 147:11 tells us that The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear Him; in those that hope in His mercy. In Jeremiah 9:23-24, we are informed that the Lord delights in those who understand and know Him, that He is the Lord that exercises loving kindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth. We therefore have to please God in all our ways so that our hearts’ desires will be fulfilled.
Some of the things we can do (not exhaustive) are as follows:
1. Have faith in God – Hebrew 11: 6, Mark 11:23-24; Matthew 8:5-13
2. Be spiritually minded – To be carnally minded is death. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom 8:6
3. Fear God. Psalms 147:11; Luke 5:12
4. Study and follow Jesus example. John 4:34. What had Jesus pleasure was doing the will of God. John 8:29 – Jesus says I always do the things that please Him.
5. Obey God. I Samuel 15:22; Numbers 14:8; Deut 30:9-10.
6. Give God the sacrifice that He deserves Psalms 51:16-17
Pastor Andrew Onyeanakwe