24. Whatever You Want
Verse Of The Day: May 24
Psalms 37:4 NLT
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”
One of our pastors (Robert Fergusson) said a crazy statement while preaching once. He said, "If you love God, you can do whatever you want!"
At first glance, he seems to be advocating for living however you want if you simply love God. But let's look at this. How does loving God change your life? Does intimacy with Christ affect your desires?
The person who is in love with Jesus loses the desire to please the sinful nature. The opposite is also true. If you don't want to give up your sinful behaviour, you can't also claim to be one with Christ.
When people love God with all their heart, soul, mind and strength, they begin to have different desires than when they lived for themselves. This maturing is called Christ-like. We have desires to please God.
So, if you truly love God, you can do whatever you want!
Are my desires changing to become in line with God's desires?
Lord, I pray Your kingdom come and Your will be done here in my heart. Influence my desires so I love what You love and hate what You hate. Then You will give me the desires of my heart. Amen.