“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
Do not bring before God stinted petitions and narrow desires, but remember, as high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are His ways above your ways and His thoughts above your thoughts. Ask, therefore, for great things, for you are before a great throne. —Spurgeon
“Then spake Haggai the LORD’S messenger in the LORD’S message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the LORD.” -Haggai 1:13
In life, you will never be satisfied if all you’re doing is seeking your own way. The only One who can fill that void in your life is Christ. He is the only One who can fill the desires and longings you have. -Pastor Steve Wainright, excerpt from Wednesday Evening Sermon “Consider Your Ways”
“Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee. And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in…” -1 Chronicles 7:2-4
What do you do if the Lord says “No” to what you feel you need to do? What happens if you cannot fulfill the desire in your heart? If you can’t do what you have desired, do like David and help those who can.
–excerpts from Steve Wainright’s Sunday Evening Sermon: “David Denied“
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“For He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.” -Psalm 107:9
It is well to have longings, and the more intense they are the better. The Lord will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all-absorbing they may be. Let us greatly long, for God will greatly give. We are never in a right state of mind when we are contented with ourselves and are free from longings. Desires for more grace and groanings which cannot be uttered are growing pains, and we should wish to feel them more and more. Blessed Spirit, make us sigh and cry after better things and for more of the best things!
Hunger is by no means a pleasant sensation. Yet blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Such persons shall not only have their hunger relieved with a little food, but they shall be filled. They shall not be filled with any sort of rough stuff, but their diet shall be worthy of their good Lord, for they shall be filled with goodness by Jehovah Himself.
Come, let us not fret because we long and hunger, but let us hear the voice of the psalmist as he also longs and hungers to see God magnified. “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
From Idolatry to Immorality [audio] | Romans 1:24-25 | Steve Wainright
Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen. -Romans 1:24-25
The first step into idolatry is knowing God, but not worshipping Him as God. This passage shows what happens when we fail to worship God and He gives us up to the lusts of hearts–to do what we want to do. To be given up by God is the worst state to be in. God gave them up, but it doesn’t have to be that way. The Gospel of Jesus Christ saves people from this lifestyle! God saves some out of that lifestyle and saves some from that lifestyle. What if God gave you up to the lusts and desires you have in your heart? Where would you be?
Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: From Idolatry to Immorality | Romans 1:24-25 | Steve Wainright
Sunday Evening Sermon Audio: The First Sign of Jesus | John 2:1-11 | Anthony Vance
Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. -Psalm 37:4
Delight in God has a transforming power and lifts a man above the gross desire of our fallen nature. Delight in Jehovah is not only sweet in itself, but it sweetens the whole soul, till the longings of the heart become such that the Lord can safely promise to fulfill them. Is not that a grand delight which molds our desires till they are like the desires of God?
Our foolish way is to desire and then set to work to compass what we desire. We do not go to work in God’s way, which is to seek Him first and then expect all things to be added unto us. If we will let our heart be filled with God till it runs over with delight, then the Lord Himself will take care that we shall not want any good thing. Instead of going abroad for joys let us stay at home with God and drink waters out of our own fountain. He can do for us far more than all our friends. It is better to be content with God alone than to go about fretting and pining for the paltry trifles of time and sense. For a while we may have disappointments; but if these bring us nearer to the Lord, they are things to be prized exceedingly, for they will in the end secure to us the fulfillment of all our right desires.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]