TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, December 19, 2017:
The center of our emotions, feelings, affection, and desires.
Trust in the Lord and do good. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:3-4.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Most people that believe in the Lord understand that He promises to give us the desires of our hearts. The problem with most people is that when they do get what they desire they fail to give the Lord the glory. When trouble and suffering come, they doubt God’s goodness. Have you ever heard someone say, “How could a loving God allow this to happen?” We must understand that they forget that the attitude of our heart plays a vital role in bringing the fulfillment of God’s promise to give us those desires of our heart.
The Psalmist in Psalm 37 gives us several principles that we must apply to our lives if we are to have the necessary commitment to make our heart acceptable to God so we can receive these promises from God.
In verse 4 we are told to rejoice in the Lord at all times and have a continual desire to walk with Him in obedience. In other words, the Lord must have first place in your life daily, not just on Sundays, before you can claim this promise in this verse.
In verse 5 the writer, David, tells us to commit our ways to the Lord. We need to be willing daily to change any aspect of our ambition that is not His will. If we are walking with the Lord we will know clearly when we face such a decision. Remember, when you pray asking for something according to God’s will and He does not answer as you desire, it is for a reason that He only knows and He knows what is best for us.
It is also written in verse 5 that we are to trust in Him. God is merciful, all knowing, kind, and generous. You can trust Him with all your hopes and dreams if you have a Godly heart, one that is totally in submission to Him.
In verse 7, we are told to rest in Him. Resting in the Lord means to fully trust Him to answer your prayers in His timing. When you rest in Him, He will also transform your aspirations so that your prayer requests will conform to His will. In other words, your will can become more in line with His.
Also, we read that we are to have a Godly heart and we need to learn to wait on the Lord patiently. According to His example, He waited nearly three decades to begin His ministry on earth. Waiting for God’s leading and then following it is one of the key principles that we need to learn to keep our heart right with God.
Do your desires align with God’s purpose and plan for your life? He longs to give every believer abundant blessings and fullness of His joy. Allow your dreams to be conformed to His will and then follow His guidance faithfully and patiently. It will amaze you what God can do for you and through you.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Isaiah 9:6.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Help me to align my life standards with Your purpose for me. Make me an example so that others that walk and talk with me will experience the joy of the Lord through me. Give me a godly heart ready to serve You as You desire.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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