08 Nov Heart to Heart with God: Day 158_Our Desires
by Michael Bluemling Jr.
365 Days of Reflection Towards God’s Love and Acceptance
~June 4, 2014-June 3, 2015
Day 158- Richmond, Virginia: Our Desires
What are we all working towards on a daily basis? What are the goals that we have both spiritually and personally in this world? Furthermore, are the aspirations that we have in line with the desires that Jesus has for us? This is where the conflict occurs when our desires and the desires of God do not align. We must fall back on our faith so that we will be able to understand how this roadblock is keeping us from having all of our desires met together with God. That is why sometimes we must live and learn on our own, before we are able to see the light from God shining down on us from above.
We must choose between the right choice and the easy choice throughout our lives. That is why it is important that we remove the one element, temptation, that routinely holds us back from making those positive choices in our decision making process as one with Jesus. The way that we make good decisions in the heat of the moment is through constant prayer and reflection with Jesus in private, at church, or in a discussion amongst others who are trying to overcome the same dilemmas.
The great part is with every setback, comes a new opportunity to start over again towards a fulfilled life without regret with Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. In James we are taught how to persevere when faced with temptation: “Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death”. We must all strive to avoid our own sinful desires, while looking past the surface and seeing the big picture with the Holy Spirit. This epiphany will either save us or lead us to an eternal death in hell.
God does not want us to sin, and He also does not tempt us as a test. The temptations that we face come from satan, who is trying to gain access to our soul. However, when we focus on the cross and the blood that was shed by Jesus to save us, we realize that our desires on Earth are only temporary. What we learn is that there is so much more to be gained through trust in God, as we overcome the lies of those who work to defraud us. We must never forget that our real reward, as a believer, is an eternal life in Heaven with our Father. Amen.
Reflection Day #158
Three takeaways towards your journey with God: