Psalm 37:4 states that when you take delight in the Lord, God will give you the desires of your heart. The word give means “to conceive.” As you press into God’s presence, old sinful desires die, and new holy desires are birthed in your spirit. These single-cell desires ultimately become lifelong dreams if we nurture them in prayer. (pg 123 Draw the Circle)
As I begin to think about how God is working in me and so many of you to “birth” new holy desires in our spirits, my mind goes to how a mother reacts to something being birthed inside of her.
We take prenatal vitamins. We limit our intake of caffeine. We do everything in our power to ensure that this little person inside of our body has every chance possible to survive and thrive while growing inside of us.
Shouldn’t we do the same for what God has birthed inside of each of us?
We take our vitamins – read the Word and pray each day. We limit our exposure to those things that could harm what He has growing inside of us – what we watch, what we listen to, our conversations with others, where we go and the situations we put ourselves into.
Seem a little radical? Maybe. But, I already warned ya’ll that I’m crazy!!
A few weeks ago our Pastor did a sermon on what we believe as a church and why we believe what we do. It was one of the best sermons I have ever heard – even if it was preached by my dad. 🙂
There was one point where he talked about what we allow ourselves to read, watch and listen to. We believe that we should do those things that are beneficial to our walk with Christ. And there was one line that he said that hit me sooo very hard: We invite the devil into our lives everyday by our actions and what we do.
If I am working so hard to draw closer to God and to seek His will for my life more than anything else (and not to mention getting up at stinkin’ 6am for goodness sake)…but then I spend time watching crap on tv about who the bachelor is going into the hot tub with or fantasy suite with this week…what am I doing?
I believe that I am absolutely counteracting every single thing I’ve done to draw closer to God. I’m giving Satan one small little hole to inch his way in and take a stronghold in my life. Same goes for music and gossip and any other idols that I hold onto. Sports. Even facebook, ya’ll. It doesn’t have to be all trashy like the Bachelor.
Is there something in my life, ANYTHING I’ve allowed to be put before God or goes against my walk with Him?
Simply put: If it isn’t beneficial to my walk with Christ or takes precedence over seeking Him, there is no room for it and it is potentially harmful, even deadly to what He has birthed in me.
God, I pray today that you would open my eyes and quicken my spirit every time there is something that goes against what I am seeking in You. Help me to take care of and protect what You are birthing in me just like I would nurture a child in my womb. Clear the stage, help me make more space for YOU, oh Lord.
Anything I put before my God is an IDOL. Anything I want with all my heart is an IDOL. Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an IDOL. Anything that I give all my love is an IDOL.
I know…I gave you a song to listen to yesterday. I LOOOOVE music and you just have to bear with me. And if there ever was a song that I would put on repeat every single day of my life, this would be it. Pay attention to the words carefully.
Today is another Sabbath and even if you don’t have time to sit and linger right now, come back before the end of the day and meditate a bit on the words in this song – you won’t regret it, I promise. Clear the Stage by Jimmy Needham: