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Will God give me what my heart desires?
Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:59 AM
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By the way, Luke 18: 1- 8
Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:10 PM
I have so many desires. One for God to give me a best friend, for me to become better in soccer, for my family to find good jobs. I've been praying for these things for years, but nothing... That just makes me lose faith.
You want God to give you a best friend. Did he not give you Jesus?
You want to be better at soccer. Do you not have functional legs, a brain, and vision?
As for family finding good jobs, I concede that's not easy in this day and age. Maybe you should ask for jobs before you worry about GOOD jobs, just to get them on the ladder
If you find this answer annoying, wait till you see what I reply to your other thread about miracles xD
Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:44 AM
Do you think God is some kind of Vending Machines where you pray hard enough and out pops a miracle?
Remember, this is the infinite God of the Universe, the one whose very grace keeps the Universe in Existence.
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
2 For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him.
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:24 AM
Sometimes God gives us what is best for us, not what we want.
Imagine you are a parent. Your 3 year old wants to go and play in the street. Do you let him? NO, because it's not safe and the 3 year old doesn't know the dangers.
Your 8 year old wants an allowance. This is all well and good, but you know your 8 year old still needs to learn some things about the value of money before you just give it to them. So you have them work for the money you give them.
Your 16 year old wants freedom with the car, but you know that he/she does not hang out with the right crowd, so you say no.
All of these examples are things the child wants and would say would make them happy. The thing is, you as the parent know that they won't be happy in the long run, or won't have learned the skills they need in the real world. So you exercise your better judgment.
This is how I see God. His will is, ultimately, that we know Him -- NOT that we have all the earthly objects or relationships our hearts desire. What He does choose to give us, are things that will help our characters grow, will help us know about who He is. If He gave me a ton of money, I can see myself becoming dependent on the money and not Him, that's probably why I'm poor.
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:26 PM
Notice He will give you the desires of you heart IF you delight yourself in the LORD. So if you want to know God, he will not deny you.
[ESV] Psalms 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
This verse shows how the heart is evil; so be sure the reason you want these things is to glorify God.
[ESV] Matthew 15:19
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
It doesn't sound like you are being selfish with your prayers, so keep at it
Like happyface mentioned:
[ESV] Luke 18:2
1 And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. 3 And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 4 For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. 7 And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? , Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
Posted 28 February 2012 - 02:07 AM
Christian tradition has ceaselessly elaborated on personal discomforts which Christians can experience. A most famous example is Saint John of the Cross's discussion of "nada" or the Dark Night of the Soul. It's God's kenosis which pours out over all God's followers as we follow Christ in the depression and anxiety of the Cross. Personal comforts have nothing to do with this particular mysticism and in fact are antithetical to the view!
IHOP has a university? That means the following conversation might one day happen!
Joe: Hey Bob, what was your major in college?
Posted 06 May 2012 - 04:26 PM
Psalm 37:4 - Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give You the desires of Your heart.
This verse needs to be read carefully. For, if we delight ourselves in the Lord, we will desire what He desires. And if we desire what He desires, there is no question that He will give it to us.
And if you are unsure what He desires, it's as simple as learning His Word through Bible study (personal as well as group), and Church.
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