Mustard Seeds

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Listen Closely

Satan is so sneaky. He loves to whisper, "Look at that. Isn't it nice? You want that don't you. You desire that."
Whispers are hard to identify.
So I say, "Oh, yes, I really want that. And I deserve that!"

It could be anything: a relationship, a new dress, recognition for something, for a person God is calling you to minister to leave you alone, a new car, an easy life...

whisper whisper whisper

Satan is not blind to the power of scripture either. He uses that against me just like he tried to tempt Jesus by quoting scripture (Jesus was infinitely more successful though: see Matthew 4). Something whispered to me often is this:
Psalm 37:4-6
"Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, 
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun" 

When I don't get these "desires of my heart" I am told it is because I am not praying hard enough, God isn't listening, my plan is better then God's... 

whisper whisper whisper

lies lies lies

The Bible doesn't say He will give us the desires of our hearts when we focus on Satan. He promises to give us the things we desire when we are delighting in the Lord. And delighting in God is whole different story then entertaining the Devil. The more we live in the Lord's presence the more our desires are going to be the same as His. That is when He will truly give us the desires of our hearts, because not only will they be what he wants for us, they will be what is best for us. When God whispers into our hearts, it can be just as subtle but instead of lies he whispers truth. It is not the clothes, the guy or girl, or the praise that we desire anymore... it is the peace Christ gives, the desire to love people, satisfaction with what we have, knowing we don't even need that much stuff, wanting to be more like Christ... 

peace truth grace