Extreme Desire

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Psalm 19:7-11; Ephesians 2:8-10

David gives us some things to consider about God's instructions, decrees and commands and how they impact and play out in our lives in Psalm 19:7-11. As I was reading I found myself saying "Yes" and nodding my head in agreement that God's instructions are perfect and trustworthy, right and clear, making us wise. But after I read verse 10 I paused. It's here that David tells us God's commands and instructions are more desirable than even the finest gold and His Words are sweeter than honey. I had to ask myself, Tami, do you truly believe this (because it's easy to say "yes" and not really mean it)? Do you desire God more than anything else? And does your life reflect this? Well I do really believe this, but if I'm honest, I don't always act like I do. I fall. I stumble, and I'm guessing you do too?

So I'm curious, does David's description of God's commands, instructions and decrees match up with how you approach and feel about God's Word? And if we're struggling in this area or just not quite there, how can we work on getting to that place where we desire God and His commands more than all the rich things of this world? Tami W.

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I think the most important verse of Psalm 19 is "14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer." If we can accomplist that everything else will follow.

HI TAMI

I AM STRUGGLING IN THIS AREA. I TRY BUT I AM STRUGGLING. I NOW REALIZE THAT I CAN ONLY ACHIEVE THIS BY GOD'S GRACE. I LOOK FORWARD TO REACHING THE PLACE WHERE DAVID REACHED IN DESIRING GOD MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE SO WHILE I WAIT ON HIS GRACE I TRY TO LIVE RIGHT BY LOVING GOD WITH MY ALL AND LOVING MY NEIGHBOR AS MYSELF WHILE SHARING THE GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST WHENEVER THE OPPORTUNITY PRESENTS ITSELF.

REGARDS IN CHRIST

CECIL

I do desire Gods ways I know though experience that they are far superior than the worlds. Its truly in Gods timing that we come to this conclusion. It takes quite a lot of lows or medicroty before we are humbled enough to experience the difference.

The rich things of this world appeal to the flesh, we must kill and die to the flesh to get to the place where we desire God and His commands more than the riches of the world. Of course as long as we are in the flesh or alive we must struggle or work on this. The question to me is can we be "in the world and not of it?" I pray all has a blessed Thanksgiving.

Since as Christians we leave in a fallen world and still deal with a sin nature. I find that when I neglect God's Word I can get a hard shell around my heart. Since we read yesterday that "God's word is sharper than a double edge sword" only God's Word can penetrate our heart a break that shell. It's important that we read and spend quality time with God in His word and in prayer everyday.
As Dr. Kroll taught a few years ago we must put on the whole armor of God and win the BATTLE one day at a time. But satan never rest. Sin as an acrostic means Serious Inner Neglect.

Seeking God, walking with God, listening to God, talking with God, reading the Bible with God, trusting God to reveal our sinful ways to us (I may think my heart is 'right', God KNOWS whether it is or not).
The World is full of busy-ness. We hurry here and there doing 'good works' until we have no time for God himself. I think there are very few of us who desire wealth (as in gold and riches), but we have many other desires (friends and family,entertainment, work, etc. ) that we allow to take first place above God. None of these desires are wrong-unless they are placed as more important than God himself. Would we give up everything if we were asked? I'd like to think I would.....only God knows my heart.

Having found out that everything else is fleeting, at best, and that God alone is faithful, I do desire Him above all else. While we're imperfect and will fall short of that standard at times, if we will constantly strive toward it, we will constantly draw closer to Him and desire Him more.

I've been really bad at reading my bible lately and just stumbled upon this blog. What a great idea Tami! I love reading others' thoughts on the bible verses.

Like Tami I found myself agreeing with all the commands, but in real life I often find the world's expectations and my own desires creeping in like weeds and distracting me from God's way. It's too easy for me to worry about the future or friendships or focus so much on my own faults that I fall into self pity and believing Satan's lies about who I am.

I'm struggling a little at this time as I search for a new church home and miss the close friendships I used to have with Christians in my old church that have faded now I don't see them regularly. With our busy lives it's hard to find time to catch up and when we do we often are preoccupied with talking about worldly things. Or worse, gossiping, which I find hard to resist sometimes but regret and feel awful over afterwards. Our modern lives can be so busy and in the struggle to meet the demands God can get pushed to the side too easily.

I am struggling alot in this area. I feel the Church as let me down. I have ask some people to disciple me and I am still waiting for someone to be willing to disciple me. I have also ask only a couple of people to be accountability partners and have been waiting. I believe that we should be walking together and helping each other but whatever the reasons are believer's are unwilling to walk with other believer's. So again I am struggling.

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