Desire and the leanings of our heart’s affection is the root of strength.
Desire is the root that drives our actions, reactions, and movements.
Self-control can only carry us so far.
I was thinking about weeds that pop up in a garden. Self-control is like pulling them out but not getting them out at the root when you pull them up. It works for awhile, the weeds are not visible but the roots haven’t been addressed so we’ve only managed to temporarily control them. Our garden might even appear to be well put together and “weedless” because the issue is buried beneath the surface.
We all know the problem with this method of weed extraction. Over time, the weed will eventually grow up through the dirt again because the driving force, the root, hasn’t been addressed.
Be willing to surrender unhealthy roots and allow Him to replace them with healthy ones. This is the most important step when addressing issues that crop up in our lives.
When He replaces unhealthy desires with healthy ones, guess what grows up through the floor of our souls? Life, beautiful life!
Easier said than done sometimes isn’t it? As the saying goes old habits (roots) die hard.
But if desire drives our actions than it makes sense to focus on making sure our root desires will reap the results we are hoping for. But how do we change desires?
I can only speak from personal experience but the beginning of significant life change for me started when I brought my unhealthy desires out into the open and honestly expressed them to the Lord. I acknowledged to the Lord that my root desires were not leading me to the results I was desperately searching for. I needed His help. I needed Him to change my desires.
Take delight in the Lord,
and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4
God will give us the desires of our heart but since God is good and God is love he will only shower down and fill us with desires that are consistent with his character and his nature. This is why the key to the Lord giving us our heart’s desire first comes down to “taking delight in Him.” When we make getting to know Him our priority, a shift begins to happen down at our roots.
What He desires for us
He desires for us is to know the truth because that truth will set us free.
He desires to give us a peace so big that the magnitude of that peace will bring us to our knees in surrender and worship…not out of obligation but out of sheer gratitude.
He desires for us to know the Father…because it’s in the knowing that we understand everything else.
He desires for us to have not just life but life abundant.
He desires to give us unending joy.
He desires to satisfy our thirst …an endless spring that never runs dry.
Lord, my every desire is known to You; my sighing is not hidden from You. Psalm 38:9
He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them. Psalm 145:19
One who isolates himself pursues selfish desires; he rebels against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1
For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.” 4:14
…And the redeemed of the Lord will return
and come to Zion with singing,
crowned with unending joy.
Joy and gladness will overtake them,
and sorrow and sighing will flee. Isaiah 35:10
As He was saying these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8: 30-32
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7