“May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4
What drives us emotionally and or physically to do something, to see something come to pass, or to obtain something we demand and want? We, as humans, are all moved by an innate desire of the heart, a very powerful “something” that is driven by either one of two things…..the empowerment of the “spirit man” or the vicious pull of the “flesh man”, good vs evil. It’s a choice of the heart…..DRIVEN BY IT!
The “flesh man”, seduced by the glamour of sin and the world’s promises, can be wildly driven into destruction when it goes to work for itself and outside of God’s Presence and will. It fiercly works in overdrive to get what it wants and can take anything in it’s path down with it. The flesh desires are backed by a spirit of selfish gain and manipulatation and can be fueled by the fire of hate, anger, power, success, lust, jealousy, self righteousness, desperation…just to name a few.
“The human heart is deceitful, who can understand it.” Jeremiah 17:9
The “spirit man” can be just as wildly driven, but safely so, controlled by The Holy Spirit. It is fueled by the fear, the peace, the power, the protection, and the wisdom of GOD . Which then directs the “spirit man” to desire nothing of this world (“meaningless”) but instead to desire and surrender, whole heartily, to the will of God in every situation and circumstance. Not only will the “spirit man” be filled with peace, contentment, and rest as it endures the journey, but will also be guaranteed an eternal place in Heaven forever with Jesus….DRIVEN BY IT!
“Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
As in the story of Tamar in Genesis 38, Tamar became anxious and impatient with God’s plan in how she saw the direction of her life heading. Out of a fear of never having children to carry on the family lineage or to have a means of financial support, she was driven by her own flesh desire to resort to a “less than pure” strategy of manipulation. Her plan was to trick her father in law, Judah, into sleeping with her with pregnancy as her goal. She “played off” of Judah’s own flesh heart which was driven by lust and secret sin as she disguised herself as a prostitute to lure him in through the seduction of illicit sex. Judah had no idea he had been had until an agreement for payment went awry and exposed her strategy of deception. The truth came out, sins were exposed, and lives were forever affected by shame, disorder, deceitfulness, and displaced repentance.
Though my story is not Tamar’s, thank goodness, I know I have fallen short and into her same flesh driven mindset while trying to control my own life and to make my will as God’s will and my timing perfect over His! It does not work that way, not even close! Who am I, when He is God?
As frustrated as I sometimes can become with my life and with myself, I must accept and find peace with God in the fact that I can not see what He sees and I can not understand His ways! His divine plan and destiny for my life is complete and He has already walked it out before me! So why would I dispute it or try to make it my own if He has already finished it perfectly for me?
He sees me when I cry to myself and He sees me when I cry out to Him…. Lord Jehovah Shammah! And the spirit of the Lord says, “Beth, My Grace is far sufficient for you! Let it be as I say! Trust Me!” Amen
“Thy Will” by Hillary Scott……
It’s hard to count it all joy, distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop and remember that YOU’RE GOD….. AND, I AM NOT!“
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” Proverbs 3:5
This week is split between Dinah and Tamar. Follow with us as we”Learn from Their Examples”.
- #askingforafriend – Andrea
- It’s a Revolution – Cassandra
- Like Sand Through and Hourglass – Cindy
- Oh, What a Web We Weave – Tonya
Beth McMillan is a child of the Most High God. He calls me “bride to be” and sees that I have fallen in LOVE with His son, Jesus. Appropriately named, Beth translates “House of God”. I work for Jesus at McMillan Interiors displaying His Splendor. Word of God speak…a creative vessel.