Does God have wishes

How do I know if my heart's desires are from God?



Jesus answered this question for us: "For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false testimony, blasphemy" (Matthew 15:19). And then: “What comes out of a person makes a person unclean. Because from within, from the heart of the people, come the evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, malice, debauchery, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, unreason. All this evil comes from within and makes people unclean ”(Mark 7: 20-23).

In these passages Jesus points out the source of our desires: our carnal desires come from within. Sin does not arise simply from external influences. It is born in the little hidden niches of our thoughts and intentions, from the secret desires that only the heart and mind can imagine. The bottom line is that in our fallen state, the desires of our hearts do not come from God. Jeremiah affirms the nature of the human heart: “The heart is a defiant and despondent thing; who can fathom it? ”(Jeremiah 17: 9).

It has long been the opinion of many that all human beings are basically good and decent and that life circumstances such as poverty or poor upbringing make them murderers and thieves. However, the Bible teaches that all human beings suffer from the same weakness - sin. Apostle Paul calls this our sinful nature. “Because I know that there is nothing good in me, that is, in my flesh. I do want to, but I cannot do what is good. Because I don't do the good that I want; but the evil that I don't want, that's what I do. But if I do what I do not want, I no longer do it, but the sin that dwells in me ”(Romans 7: 18-20). Our evil hearts lead us to sin.

Furthermore, the heart is so corrupt and deceptive that our motives are often unclear even to ourselves. As sinful creatures, we develop and create evil things through our arrogance and independence (Proverbs 16.30; Psalm 35.20; Micah 2.1; Romans 1.30). The truth is that only God can examine our deepest motives and inner desires and only through his power can we hope that the uncertainty and corruption that is in our hearts will be resolved. He alone examines and knows us all very well (Hebrews 4: 11-13). Fortunately, God does not leave us to struggle with our injurious desires and sinful tendencies. Instead, He gives us the grace and strength we need to resist and overcome sin when it knocks on the door of our heart again. Psalm 37: 4-6 urges us: “Enjoy yourself in the Lord; he will give you what your heart desires. Commit your ways to the LORD and hope in him, he will make it well and will bring up your righteousness like light and your justice like noon. ”God can literally put his own desire in the heart of man, the heart that without him is so bitterly angry and is deceptive. He replaces bad with good and aligns our hearts with him, removes our own desires and replaces them with his. This only happens when we come to him in repentance and accept his gift of salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. At that point, He removes our stone hearts and replaces them with hearts of flesh (Ezekiel 1:19). He does this by supernaturally planting the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Then his wish becomes ours, our will searches for his will and our rebellion turns into joyful obedience.

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How do I know if my heart's desires are from God?
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