The secret of delighting in the Lord then is found in whom we are, not what we have Read Romans Since it is based on a real relationship that cannot be destroyed it does not fluctuate up and down with life circumstances. Ask yourself these questions:. Are you happy with God when tough times hit? Are you happy with God when He answers your prayers in a different way than you had asked? Are you faithful to the Lord and His church only when things are going smooth in your life?
Padding down to breakfast, I sat down on my husband's lap and gave him a big hug for his thoughtfulness. Later that day, we were having a heated "discussion" in our bedroom when our four-year-old, Jacob, stopped us in mid-sentence. Standing in the doorway, he said, "Mommy, try to remember how you felt when you were on Daddy's lap. Christian Reader, "Kids of the Kingdom.
is a devotional eBook based on. In this booklet you will take a journey with the author on what it means to "delight in the Lord." The TRUTH is you don't have to be perfect to delight in the Lord. You don't have to have it all together, or have the perfectly balanced life.
Your answers can help you see whether your joy is founded on events or on Christ! The secret to real joy is found only in a relationship to Christ! Fret not what? Evil men! Psalm Notice this has no conditions on it! IF you feel like it! IF things are going your way! IF you have time! IF you are in church or it is Sunday! We do good not because we have received good things, but because we have received God!
Each day more surely as I go,. Unfathomed purpose to fulfil,. It is surrender. To this injunction a promise is added, that, if we are satisfied in the enjoyment of God alone, he will liberally bestow upon us all that we shall desire: He will give thee the desires of thy heart. So, if you're not sure where things are headed or what you ought to do next you should give yourself to worshipping God.
Trusting in God Psalm frees us to do good for we won't be frantic about our own selves all the time When the spray reached the pilot light of the stove, it ignited, blasting his screen door across the street, breaking all his windows, and setting his furniture ablaze. And the cockroaches? Tran reported, "By Sunday, I saw them walking around.
As Proverbs says, only "a fool gives full vent to his anger. These are necessary steps to "delight" oneself in the Lord! Not by flesh! The point here is to allow Jesus and His kingdom values to shape our desires! This verse Psalm is not a passage to call up our genie in the bottle called "Jesus" to grant us any desire of our heart as some are teaching today! If we begin with Jesus our desires won't be fleshly in nature, because Jesus gives us a new nature and a new heart for His desires, not ours! She was pregnant, and she wanted to know if I thought it was a mistake to bring a little baby into a world as troubled as this one is.
And I replied, what made being alive almost worthwhile for me was the saints I met. They could be almost anywhere.
By saints I meant people who behaved decently and honorably in societies which were so often obscene. Our own society is very frequently obscene. Perhaps many of us Your desires will take on a new set of values in Christ; they will be good and godly! And the Lord will honor them!
Desire a beautiful marriage. Desire a friend's salvation. Desire a place of worship for God's people. Desire our children's happiness and salvation.
Desiring good and godly things! The secret of this passage in Psalms is found in Matthew ! Maybe this is why the church has seen so few miracles in these days, it has lost the art of desiring the right things, God will answer the desires of our hearts when we know how to desire the right things, and the church will see the results of miracles taking place within. Paul desired to get to the next town to preach.
Paul desired to see his friends. Paul desired to know the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, to Know Christ's resurrection power. Paul desired to minister to others The longer we walk with Jesus the more our heart becomes like Jesus' heart Notice in this passage Matt.
This happens in healthy marriages and other healthy relationships. After more than 40 years of marriage to my wife Bevie Jo both her desires and my desires are more the same than ever! This is the result of the two becoming one in marriage. This is true with our relationship to Jesus too; Jesus prayed in John 17 that we might become one, and that we might be one with Him too!
As a little girl, she went to a day-long rally celebrating the one-hundredth anniversary of Christian missionaries coming to that part of Zaire. Yet, Psalm teaches an important truth: Worshipping God leads to clarity in life-direction. Jesus taught the same idea in Matthew when He said, " For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. So, if you're not sure where things are headed or what you ought to do next you should give yourself to worshipping God. God is always working.
A second major takeaway from Psalm is that God is always at work in our lives. He uses conversations, experiences both good and bad , friendships, times of serving, resting, and working to shape us into the people we are today. So, rest assured that He is at work in your life. He uses the noticeably meaningful and the seemingly mundane to prepare us for our futures. Conversations are key. God is often doing things in our lives that we struggle to see and articulate on our own.
Our own fears, excitement, and concern seems to get in the way of clearly perceiving what God is doing in a moment or a season. Thankfully, we were never intended to figure all of this out on our own because we were made for one another. God is often doing things in our lives that we can't fully recognize from our own perspectives and we need the help of other people to get a full picture of what God is doing. In our marriage we need the shared perspective of one another to sense what God has been doing as well.
So, embrace conversations - with your friends and especially your spouse - as a way of tuning in to what God is doing. In Conclusion Simply, we got to this moment now because we kept our heads down and worked hard for a season of years. We enjoyed God where we were and did not worry about hurrying on to anywhere else.
And, in the midst of all of that, God was preparing a new dream in us: to gather a team, to move to London, and to plant a church that would plant churches and transform culture. We are still happily engaged where we are and we are preparing to move into that new season as well. We don't get everything right.
We make a lot of mistakes.
But, we labor to be faithful and to serve well. We are happy to share our story with you and thankful to have you joining us on the journey.