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Wednesday, October 13, 2010 @ 9:05:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

What are the desires of your heart and do you believe that those desires are just yours, or from God Himself? In my own life I have specific desires that have yet to be fully accomplished and if I am not careful I grow discouraged about them. What keeps me going is the belief that God delights in fulfilling my heart's desires because He is the one who planted these desires in me.

Ephesians 2:10 (NCV) "God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing."

Could it be that those things that God planned in advance for us "to live our lives doing" are wrapped up in our heart's desires? As we pursue our heart's desires we may wrestle with thinking that we are being selfish or are outside of God's will, but I would submit that if our heart's desires are ones that bring glory to God, then these desires are planted by God Himself.

At times I struggle to believe that my heart's desires will be fulfilled, especially when the spiritual battle raging around me makes their fulfillment look doubtful or even impossible. At those times my only option is to rest knowing these desires are from God. God promises to give us our heart's desires if we delight ourselves in Him and keep Him as our central focus.

Psalms 37:4 (AMP) "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart."

If this is true then it should be easier to walk in strong faith believing that our desires will come to pass even when the battle rages around us. Galatians 6:9 (NASB) promises that eventually these desires will be fulfilled if we don't lose heart:

"Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."

My prayer as I pursue my heart's desires is found in Psalms 20:4 (NKJV)

"May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose."
I want to encourage you (and myself) to not lose heart in the waiting. More in the next blog as I articulate some of those heart's desires that I have yet to see fulfilled.

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