God’s word tells us in Psalm 37:4 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. The desires that Lord is talking about here is godly desires. His word also warns us in Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires. The evil desires the Lord is talking about here are the desires that goes against everything he stands for. These selfish desires only lead to destruction and he opposes them.
Before we get deep into this topic know that having desires within itself is not bad. Just think if people didn’t have desires then things wouldn’t be the way they are today. So there is nothing wrong with desires because they can be positive. The problem comes when we begin to have desires that Lord opposes. How many lives have heard about being destroyed by ungodly and selfish desires that Satan was allowed to plant. In most of these cases the person’s only concern are themselves and what they want. They fail to realize the effect it may have on others and themselves. Why? because Satan’s the master of selfishness.
Just look at the recent school shooting that took place in Seattle. A young man’s desire for a young ladies affection who he felt rejected him led to his death and others also causing physical and emotional injuries to others involved. This situation was about him and no one else and the outcome was Satan doing what he does best which is using certain desires to destroy people. Stories like this aren’t new and has exited thousands of years ago.
2 Samuel 13 New International Version (NIV)
13 In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.
2 Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her.
3 Now Amnon had an adviser named Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother. Jonadab was a very shrewd man. 4 He asked Amnon, “Why do you, the king’s son, look so haggard morning after morning? Won’t you tell me?”
Amnon said to him, “I’m in love with Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”
5 “Go to bed and pretend to be ill,” Jonadab said. “When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘I would like my sister Tamar to come and give me something to eat. Let her prepare the food in my sight so I may watch her and then eat it from her hand.’”
6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him, “I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.”
7 David sent word to Tamar at the palace: “Go to the house of your brother Amnon and prepare some food for him.” 8 So Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon, who was lying down. She took some dough, kneaded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it. 9 Then she took the pan and served him the bread, but he refused to eat.
“Send everyone out of here,” Amnon said. So everyone left him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food here into my bedroom so I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. 11 But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said, “Come to bed with me, my sister.”
12 “No, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me! Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing. 13 What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her.
15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”
16 “No!” she said to him. “Sending me away would be a greater wrong than what you have already done to me.”
But he refused to listen to her. 17 He called his personal servant and said, “Get this woman out of my sight and bolt the door after her.” 18 So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the king wore. 19 Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went.
After reading the scriptures we can see that Ammon concern wasn’t about Tamar but about his desire. Once he got what he wanted he threw Tamar to the curb leaving her life shattered. Tamar never recovered from this experience never being the same. That’s what Satan wants with our lives.
Genesis 4:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
God left us many promises and verses we can be encouraged by.
Psalm 145:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
1 John 2:17 New International Version (NIV)
17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
So I encourage you to use God’s word to test ever desire you have making sure it’s within God’s will for your life.
I can’t miss this opportunity so if your reading this now and you don’t have a relationship with the Lord please don’t exit before doing so because Jesus wants to do something that you can’t do yourself and that is save you. If your willing to allow Jesus to become your personal savior say this prayer. Pray Lord I confess with my mouth that you are Lord and believe in my heart that you rose from the dead for my sins. I ask for forgiveness of my sins and ask that you come into my heart teaching me and guiding me in the way that I should live in Jesus name I pray Amen!!! If you said this prayer and you meant it from your heart you are now saved by the blood of Jesus!!
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