For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. Romans 8:7 NLT
We often wish for things (that we have determined) that would make our lives less burdensome. Unfortunately, it is usually something that is tangible such as money, a higher paying or easier job, a luxury car, a different place to live, etc.
Certainly we are to approach God through prayer for our necessities; even so, a prayer for a reliable vehicle differs from a prayer in which we ask to receive a vehicle which is above and beyond our financial income. Yes, God does provide; however, He would never place us in a situation where our liabilities exceeded our assets.
We must remain aware of our desires; as our sinful desires increase, we become dissatisfied with the blessings that God has gifted to us. Eventually, our mindset changes and we become dominated and controlled by our always present desires for more and more tangible items.
Feeling dissatisfied also prevents peace and contentment which is an important part of spiritual growth. When the Spirit of God dwells within us, we live to please God; pleasing God does not equate to us never pursuing our hopes and dreams or asking God for our necessities, it means that we present our realistic desires for His approval and blessing to move forward.
Challenge for today: Evaluate your desires; are they acceptable to God?
Verse for today: I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 NIV
Prayer for today: Dear God, I realize that I do not have your peace and contentment in my life. I desire things that I feel would make my life better. I ask you to help me to get rid of sinful thoughts and my sinful nature. I ask forgiveness for my current spirit of discontent; it is my desire to please you and to be filled with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz