Destroying My Desires

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my habit of doing what I want even if it most likely doesn’t line up with what I know to be true. I have a calling from God: to bring Him glory. But yet I still turn away and do what I want to do even if it pulls me from Him. Here are some scriptures I dug up on the subject:

Romans 13:14
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Galatians 5:16-17
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

Galatians 5:24
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Ephesians 4:20-24
But that is not the way you learned Christ! — assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

The Bible is very clear. As followers of Christ, we are not to do what we want, but what our God wants us to do. We are not to give into our desires for comfort, happiness, and ease. We are to walk in the Spirit. We are to put off that old self and be renewed in the spirit of our minds. Our desire should be to be like Christ, not to seek our own happiness. I struggle with this for sure.

That’s all from me today. I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I am busy, but some of my busyness comes from the fact that I let my desires come before the desires my Savior has for me. When I let my desires take over, my life seems to fall apart. But when I let His desires for me fill all my vision, that is where I find true peace.

Do you have anything to add? Another scripture reference? A story to share? Comment below. :)

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On Being a Vessel

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2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.

We have God’s power inside of each of us, but our bodies are mere jars made of clay.

We struggle.
We have difficulty.
We fail.
We become overwhelmed.
We are weak.
We are easily broken.
And the list goes on.

But this is for a purpose! It is best that way, so that others may see that the power within us is not from ourselves, but from our God! Any greatness and power that we may show has nothing to do with us. We have nothing that was not given to us by God (1 Corinthians 4:7; John 3:27; James 1:17). Therefore, He should be glorified for all that we do.

I have a natural desire to want the glory for the things I do. This verse helps me to remember that I should bring glory to Him and not to myself, for I could never do the things I do without His power.

I am only a jar of clay, a vessel for His use.

The Power of My God

Reading in Psalms today and these verses reminded me again of the awesome power of my God.

Psalms 89:8-9 (ESV)
O Lord God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.

If He rules the raging of the sea, I know I can trust Him to rule any raging storms in my life.

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On Being Overwhelmed

I have a tendency to become overwhelmed when I have much to do. I have deadlines coming up for school and I’ve got a lot to do in a very short period of time. Yesterday I had plenty of time to get caught up, but instead I allowed myself to get distracted and do anything but what was really important. Now the load is hanging over me. 

My tendency in times like this when I’m overwhelmed is to do anything but what I should be doing. This makes absolutely no sense, but it is what always happens to me. Now that I recognize that, I try to overcome my fear and keep distractions from breaking my focus. 

This was my train of thought this morning as I was flipping through Psalms. I try to read a Psalm every morning in my devotional time, usually rearranging the verb tenses if necessary to make it a prayer to God. Today my eyes rested on Psalm 77. The subtitle said: “When Overwhelmed, Remember God’s Greatness” 

I went right away and underlined that. It was just what I needed to see. I went on and read through the chapter. (If you want to read it, click here.)

The first few verses describe how overwhelmed the Psalmist is. He feels like God is the one bringing hard times on him. He fears that God has forgotten him. 

Psalms 77:9
Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Selah.

I can hear his heart cry, “God, have You forgotten about grace? Where’s the grace? I need some tender mercies over here!” But he isn’t angry. And he knows what to do when he feels this way.

Psalms 77:10
And I said, This is my infirmity:
but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.

So even though he feels like God has forgotten him, he’s going to remember all that God has done for him. Instead of dwelling on difficulty, he will dwell on all the times when he saw God’s hand at work. Yes, he’s in a hard time, but he is choosing to remember the good instead of focusing on the bad. 

Here are the things he says he will do (verses 11-12, my paraphrase):

– remember the works of the LORD
– remember His wonders
– meditate on His works
– speak of the things He has done

And then he does just that. He begins to describe God’s wonders and His glory and all the amazing things He has done. For example:

Psalms 77:14
Thou art the God that doest wonders:
thou hast declared thy strength among the people.

And then here’s one I especially love:

Psalms 77:19
Thy way is in the sea,
and thy path in the great waters,
and thy footsteps are not known.

His way is in the sea, and His path in the great waters. His footsteps are not known. How incredible is that?!

I need to make this a habit. When I feel overwhelmed, I need only to stop and meditate on all that The Lord has done for me. I need to:

– remember the works of the LORD
– remember His wonders
– meditate on His works
– speak of the things He has done

Psalms 77:10-12
And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High. I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

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