7529 - God's Desire For Me


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One of the most fateful questions which can be considered in the heart of man is: "What is God's desire for Me?" We often phrase it in ways like, "What does He want me to do? “ or “What does He want from me?"

Let’s us look at five things which God specifically tells us He desires to see in our lives.

#1: God wants us to seek Him. Acts (17:25-27) tells us.

"From one man God made every nation of men...so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."

And in 1 Chronicles (16:10-11) we find:

"...let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always."

Just think, the God of the universe created mankind so that they would fellowship with Him. He tuned them to be fulfilled when they are in a loving, obedient relationship with Him.

#2: God wants you to live a godly life.

That means that God wants you to conform your desires and actions to His standards which are expressed in the Bible. Very pointedly, we are told in 1 Thessalonians (4:3):

"It is God's will that you should be holy; that you should avoid sexual immorality."

Ephesians (4:22-24) gives the same principle in these words:
"...put off your old self, which is corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

Then 1 Corinthians (7:1) adds:
"....let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God."

Can there be any argument with God about this truth--God wants you to live a godly life.

#3: A third thing which God desires for you is that you display a thankful attitude in everyday life, even in pressure situations and trials.

1 Thessalonians (5:18) tells us: "Give thanks in all circumstance, for this is God's will for you in Christ." Colossians (2:7) tells us to be "overflowing with thankfulness." Ephesians (5:20) reinforces this admonition with the statement, "always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Friend, an attitude of thankfulness shows appreciation and gratitude to the Lord who has supplied, "everything we need for life and godliness...(2 Pet. 1:3)."

#4: A fourth quality God desires to observe in our lives is that we live a consistent example before others.

In 1 Peter (2:12,15,16) we find: "Live such good lives among the pagan that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us...it is God's will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil..."

Ephesians (5:3) adds: "But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. "May the life of every Christian point people to Jesus in all of His glory.

#5: A fifth quality which God desires to be evident in our life is a continuing expression of praise to Him.

Ephesians (1:12 RSV) tells us: "...we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory."Isaiah (43:21) says: "The people I formed for myself that they may declare my praise."

Psalms (117) reads: "Praise the Lord all you nations, extol Him, all you people. For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord."

As priests in His kingdom let us offer to Him the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.

Dear friends, let us be faithful to do those things which God desires for us: (1) seek him; (2) live a godly life; (3) have a thankful attitude; (4) be a consistent example; and (5) to praise Him.