Sunday, October 30, 2016

Transforming Desire

A powerful truth lay hidden in a familiar verse waiting to be discovered.  “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) 

“Delight” in this verse means to “be pliable”. “Desire” can be translated, “a request”. As we remain pliable in the hands of God – delighting in Him - He will reform our thinking to such a degree that He will actually change the desires of our heart. Those transformed desires will begin to recreate new content for what we ask of God. Our requests in prayer will begin flow from the very heart of God formed within us when He transformed our desires. This is only possible if we remain pliable in the hands of God.

This word study resembles the time in Jeremiah 18 when Jeremiah was instructed by the Lord to go down to the potter’s house and watch a potter form a pot from a lump of clay swirling atop the potter’s wheel. At one point the clay did not resemble what the potter had hoped for so he started all over again reforming the clay into a shape that represented the desire of his heart. He did all of this before the pot was fired into its final form ready for service.

If we remain pliable and teachable in the hands of God, He will be able to reform us into containers able to carry His glory. We will emerge from that process making requests that were not in our heart when the reforming process began. For those of you who remain pliable, delighting in what delights God, your newly formed delights will have informed and transformed your desires causing you to make requests of God that were unimaginable before the reforming process began. Stay pliable. Your destiny is being formed.

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