1 Kings 3:5 What Would You Ask For?

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5

Over the centuries hundreds of stories have been told in many different ways in which a person finds a magic lamp and a genie grants the person three wishes. While most people know it is not real, most people desire to have their wishes granted.

People are constantly talking about what they desire to have or be able to do some day. Often those desires come out of personal greed.

Soon after Solomon was made king, God came to him in a dream and told him to ask Him whatever he wanted Him to give him.

As the world dreams about being asked what they want by a genie, God does ask that question of believers on a regular basis.

Most believers go to God on a regular basis with a long list of desires of wants and needs. Those desires can be both for others and for themselves. Some of those desires can be selfish in the making, while others are made out of true concern for others or even self.

While Solomon was granted his request of God, many believers find that their requests are denied. This often occurs because the desire was selfish and not what God desires.

The true believer will be seeking the will of God, not his own personal desires when he asks God for something. His focus will be upon eternity, not the here and now pleasure of the day. Just as Jesus was focused upon building God’s kingdom, true believers will have that same desire and ask God for whatever is needed to make that happen.

Every believer needs to ask for things that will help him to accomplish God’s goal for his life.

You most likely have a long listed of desired things, both needed and just wants. Take time to go through that list and seek things that will line up with the goal of God in your life here on this planet. Which of those desires will make you more like Jesus and which will build His kingdom here on this earth?

Do not be afraid to ask God for your desires but be willing to ask according to His will as Jesus had said to do and see God do mighty works in and through your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will ask God for things that fulfill His purpose in your life; and that you will have a desire to build God’s kingdom as Jesus did.

2 Samuel 13:15 Immorality Brings Hatred, Not Pleasure

Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” 2 Samuel 13:15

Immediate and instant pleasure is the desire of the world. The faster one can be pleased the happier he is, in the moment. People look to fulfill all of their desires ignoring what the cost may be due to the desire being fulfilled. Some come at a high price. Most pleasures sought by the world are fleeting and end very quickly, leaving one desiring even more.

Amnon had chosen to rape his sister, Tamar, and immediately afterwards hated her worse than he thought he loved her.

God made man and woman to desire each other in the realm of marriage. Outside of marriage the desire may still be there and if attempted to be fulfilled will satisfy in the moment, but afterwards it will leave one empty, desiring more and hating what one already received.

Some believers are drawn into the trap of the world that immoral sex is enjoyable and desirable. Without restraint upon their thoughts some will act upon their immoral desires.

As with any sin, not just sexual, it leaves one empty and guilty of sin. Instead of blaming self for the sin, many will choose to blame others. In the process of blaming others, they will hate the others greatly for ‘bringing’ on the sin.

Just as one must keep himself pure from sexual immorality, every believer must also strive to keep himself pure from any sin. Jesus died to take away sin and the guilt of all sin. Believers do not have to go back to sin or be guilty again if they choose to follow Christ and obey His commands. He brings love and fulfillment where sin only brings about hatred and unfulfillment.

Sin will always be at your door knocking to get you to participate in it. You have a choose to flee the temptation and immediate pleasure or to choose God and eternal pleasures that none can take away. Be willing to deny yourself immediate pleasure in order to do God’s will for your life. It may be painful and difficult in the moment, but it will gain eternal rewards in the end.

If you have done anything sinful, whether sexual or non-sexual, repent of it and receive God’s forgiveness, love peace and fulfillment in your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen you to flee all sexual sins; that you will seek God’s desire for your life; that you will find pleasure and fulfillment in obeying God’s law; and that you will know God’s forgiveness and love for you.

1 Samuel 8:22 Getting What You Really Don’t Want

The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.” Then Samuel said to the Israelites, “Everyone go back to your own town.” 1 Samuel 8:22

There is always something that a person desires that he does not have. Often people will strive and fight for what they don’t have, thinking that it will be best for them to acquire.

Seldom will a person take into consideration the problems that will arise because they have that item. Sometimes having the item causes greater problems than not having it. The cost of having it is too high.

The people had requested that Samuel give them a king like the other nations around them. God told him to give them a king as they had requested.

Parents are sometimes good at not giving into giving a child his every desire, knowing that some things are not good for him. Yet, adults will be just like the child wanting things that are not necessarily good for them.

Believers will beg God and fight to get something that God does not want them to have. These things may not be sinful or even bad but are not what is best for them.

Many young people desire a luxury sports car, but do not take into consideration the cost of owning one, the monthly payments, the insurance, the taxes on it and the high cost of maintenance. Once they get what they want, they suddenly drown in problems with it.

God wants to only give what is best, but sometimes will give the desires that will cause problems in the end.

Instead of demanding something from God, believers must trust God’s choice of what to give or not give. He sees the bigger picture and the problems with getting that item, just as He knew the problems of having Israel get a king.

There may be some things that you are wanting to have that God is saying no to. Trust God’s wisdom in what you need and do not need and let go of those desires that may not be good for you in the end.

You do not want the problems that will come with getting everything you want that are not good for you. There will be greater contentment and blessing in having what God has for you, rather than getting only what you want.

What are you asking God for?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God wants you to have; that you will seek what God wants to give you; that you will be content with what God gives you; and that you will not fight God for what is not best for you.

Deuteronomy 30:6 Allow God To Circumcise The Heart

The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. Deuteronomy 30:6

Circumcision is a process of cutting away something that is not desired or wanted. It is most commonly thought of with young boys but can be a cutting away in anything else.

This process can sometimes be painful, while at other times very little to no pain. Often it will bring about greater benefits despite any pain in the process.

Moses tells the people that when they turn back towards God, He will circumcise their hearts so that they can love Him with all of their being and live.

The hearts of people who are not following God are filled with self-desires and sinful lusts. Hearts are filled with things that only bring about death in the end, rather than life. The only life that most people have is in the here and now with no view of eternity. It is about pleasing oneself right now.

Believers who have allowed themselves to slip into sinful ways have allowed sin to grow on their hearts and minds. Their hearts have become calloused against God and His ways.

In order to change the calloused heart, one must allow God to circumcise his heart. This is the process of allowing God to cut the desires for sin out of the heart and filling those desires with Himself. As with physical circumcision, this process can sometimes be very painful and at other times very little to no pain.

Only when this process has occurred will a person know and have true life. Desires for sin only bring death. Loving God with all of one’s heart, soul and mind will bring true life for now and into all eternity.

If you are struggling with sinful desires and actions, you have allowed sin to grow on your heart that needs to be cut out. Turn to God and allow Him to cut out what does not need to be in your life.

Desires for sin can only be cut out by the power of the Holy Spirit working in your life. As God circumcises your heart, He can fill it with Himself. With God in your heart, He can fill your life with true joy and satisfaction that the world cannot have, nor understand.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to circumcise your heart; that you will love God with all of your heart, mind and soul; and that you will know the true life God has for you.