True Delight {Enjoy}

bible-verses-5Psalm 37:4 is one of those verses that is always misconstrued or taken out of context or just not understood fully. Often people equate this verse with God being a genie in a bottle. I find some happiness in God and He gives me whatever I want, right? Wrong!  That is the complete opposite of how this verse plays out in our lives.

This verse isn’t even really about us. It is all about the Lord. It starts with Him, ends with Him and He is wrapped up in the midst of it.

Delight means a strong feeling of happiness; great pleasure or satisfaction in something that makes you very happy; something that gives you great pleasure or satisfaction.

God wants to be what we delight in.

He is the very essence of all that is good, pure, perfect and holy. He is worthy of being delighted in. Him alone. I have learned over the years that this verse is less about God granting my every wish but all about a heart transformation. As I seek Him in His word, in prayer and in community, He is found by me. That is true delight, to know the Father’s heart. The more we know Him, the more we become like His Son.

The desires of our hearts are found in Christ.

The more we become like His Son, the more our desires change. I no longer crave many of the sinful desires of my flesh. I have the nature of Christ and I am learning to have a heart for the things of God. My heart rejoices at the things that cause His heart to rejoice and my heart breaks for the things that cause His heart to break.

This can be a hard life to live because it effects where we go, who we let into our lives and what we participate in. These choices aren’t always popular or understood by those around us. But I am willing to count the cost. I want to live for an audience of One.

Not only do I delight in God, but He delights in me.

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When I become more and more like Christ, God finds great joy in giving me the desires of my heart because they are His desires as well. They line up with His word and bring Him glory. They encourage others and further His Kingdom.

 

Our true delight is solely encompassed by His will and His way. 

 

Delight in Him.

Receive the desires of your heart.

Enjoy Him rejoicing over you.

 

Do you find it difficult to delight in God and/or to accept that He delights in you?

 

 

 

Dare To Be {Dare}

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This past Sunday, I went to Natalie Grant and Charlotte Gambill’s event called Dare To Be. It was amazing! There was such a depth in both the worship and messages. The whole premise of their event is to remember that childlike existence that we used to have when it came to being brave. Do you remember what it was like? I do. I wasn’t afraid of anything. Nothing seemed to hard, too crazy or too impossible. I bet I even thought I was invincible.

Somewhere along this journey of growing up, we forget what is like to be that child. We become reasonable, practical and conservative. We bank on things like planning and sensibility to accomplish goals and get us to where we want to be. The truth is, I don’t want to get to where I want to be. I want to get to where God wants me to be. I sure don’t want my own efforts to get me there.

Deuteronomy 31:6 points out some things that we forget and some things that need to be recalled as we walk out the path that the Lord has laid out for us.

 

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

The Lord calls us strong and courageous.

We forget who we are. But He does not. Life happens. People happen. We begin to take on a new identity. We allow people and circumstances to rename us, to sway us. But God is beckoning us to listen to Him as He reminds us of who we are. Tune out every other voice until His is the only one that remains. Lean into His presence and His word and hold fast to who He says that you are. Become unshakable to the cares of this world.

When we learn to be hidden in Christ, we then begin to walk out our true identity.

 

He commands us not to be terrified or afraid of others.

Fear is not of God. Most assuredly fear of man is not of God. Often, we give people too much power over our lives. We give them the power to approve or disapprove of us. We give them control over our actions, our words or even emotions. This absolutely breaks the heart of God! People are just people. They don’t have near as much power as we attribute to them.

When all we concern ourselves with, are the illusive “they”, we lose vision for what God wants to do in us and through us.

 

Keep your eyes on Christ, not your circumstances.

Circumstances come and go. They change at any given moment. They can be good or bad. They can fill us with dread or hope. That is life. It is real and raw and messy and beautiful and fun and lovely all at the same time. We can never control a situation enough to achieve our desired outcome. When we fixate upon our changing circumstances , we become unstable and forgetful of our identity. We also forget who God is. So, seeing as how, circumstances will change, be reminded that our God never will.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13: 8

 

God is with us.

He will go with you. He will never leave you. He will never forsake you. How sweet are the promises of our God?! They usher in incomparable peace and comfort. They are as good as gold! He will NEVER break a promise to us. He is forever faithful.

 

Regardless of what unforeseen situations occur, we can step forward confident that God is who He says He is, that we are who He says we are and that He is always with us.

 

Dare to be the one who believes God!

Dare to be the one who trusts in His promises!

Dare to be the one that doesn’t fear what others think!

Dare to be all that He calls you to be!

 

 

Do you struggle with Daring to Be?

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