What do you want from God?
Psalms 34:10 – The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.
There’s no difference in your desire and the promise. The issue comes in the manner, system or way that you attain it. God wants you to have your desire, because he placed it in you. But the question is the manner. For example, God placed the desire for sexual intimacy in us. But He has also put bounds on when sexual intimacy should occur.
Daniel had two characteristics that allowed him to have God’s best:
1) A Conviction
Daniel had no doubt that God would do what He said He would do. Thus, Daniel was able to deny the king’s food, and only eat what was appropriate for him. When you are convinced that what God says is true, you can abandon the world and walk solely in the Kingdom.
How do you keep your convictions intact?
a) Know the Word
b) Surround yourself with people who are walking wisely.
Proverbs 13:20 – He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.
Put Into Action
We must put into action all that we are learning in order to have God’s best. This week we will
- Pray – Ask God to speak to you
- Preview – Take an overview of the passage (Romans 12)
- Read – Read the passage a second time slowly and contemplatively
- Observe – Underline key words. Circle words and phrases that are repeated. Highlight the most meaningful verse to you.
- Apply – Choose one specific way to put into practice the truth you discover
- Pray – Ask God for the power and wisdom to follow through with the application.
- Share – Tell someone about the new insight or application you have made in response to the Word.
You must have the courage to carry through what God has given you. Many times unbelief will rise up in your mind, but you must still press through and complete the task He has given you.