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What’s Your Heart’s Desire?

Text: “Delight thyself also in Jehovah; And he will give thee the desires of thy heart” (Psalm 37:4).
 
What a delightful promise! God promises to give us the desires of our heart. There are, at least, two things that make this such a wonderful promise.
 
One, it is a wonderful display of God’s love willingly to make such an offer. But He does so because He wants the very best for His children.
 
Secondly, It is wonderful because God is always true to His promises. “God is faithful, through whom ye were called into the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (I Corinthians 1:9). “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Truly, “God is not a man, that He should lie” (Numbers 23:19). Therefore, we need not worry that, at some point, God will not make good on His promises to us. Man sometimes will renege on a promise, but not so with God. God’s word is, indeed, true
 
So, does this mean that we get everything we want? The answer is “no.” There are two reasons for this.
 
One, we do not always know what is best for us therefore we might desire things which are undesirable. “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may spend it in your pleasures” (James 4:3).
 
Two, God gives us what we need, as He sees it, but not, necessarily, what we want. God knows us better than we know us. “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established” (Proverbs 16:1-3).
 
The key question is, “What is our heart’s desire?”
 
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Our heart’s must to be in accordance with His will. He also says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
 
I would suggest, therefore, that our treasure must be toward things that are godly. If we are, indeed, seeking the kingdom first then we will desire the things that pertain to God and His kingdom. In this we are “delighting ourselves in the Lord.”
 
Hymn: Near To The Heart Of God
 
Prayer: Heavenly Father we pray for our heart’s desires might be attuned to your will. We are made in your image and pray that we would endeavor to remain such. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Roy Allen Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL
racrgc@aol.com


Unsecured? Or Just Insecure?

Text: “For ye were bought with a price: glorify God therefore in your body” (I Corinthians 6:20).   “Ye were bought with a price; become not bondservants of men” (I Corinthians 7:23).
  
 
Anyone who has ever been to a bank, seeking a loan, knows the first thing they ask is , “Do you have collateral?”   Or, “Do you have any security?” If you answer “no” then you likely will not get a loan.   As one, rejected applicant, responded, “I have to have something before can get something.” But there is a process whereby someone might offer to co-sign, thus becoming your collateral.

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Angel Teaching

“For this very night an angel of God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood before me” (Acts 27:33).
 
At this moment, thousands of preachers are studying and preparing lessons for the next worship service, depending on the word of God, the example of Christ and those chosen men who began preaching upon learning of the death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus. Ever wonder about their sermons, how powerful they were and what they used other than their personal knowledge of the Savior? Could they have been more powerful in their assigned actions than an angel, Gabriel?
 
An angel appeared to Cornelius without explaining the plan of salvation, merely stating, “Send to Joppa and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter” (Acts 10:5). Philip was instructed by an angel, “God and join yourself to the chariot of the eunuch” (Acts 8:26-27), and I ask myself, “Why didn’t the angels save time and go and teach others themselves?”
 
Why didn’t the chosen angel warn the crew on that ship, instead, instead of appearing to Paul in a vision? Why are no angels in the New Testament ever given the privilege of sharing the news of Jesus Christ, or of how grace saves, or the love that God has shown for all mankind?
 
It appears that God chose to move the angels back from such presentations and to move you and me to the front, for when it comes to sin and falling away and being saved, who knows such things better, the sinless angels, or the experienced of the world? To herald the Lord was the work of the angel messenger, but it is the disciples who must proclaim God’s word with the voices of followers!
 
Hymn: “Angels We Have Heard On High”
 
Holy Father, we accept the challenge presented to us in preaching Your Word, knowing that what we speak should be truly from You. May those spiritual messengers of the past continue to be with us, guiding and protecting human activity on Your behalf. In His precious name, Amen.
 
Gordon V. Herrmann, (Deceased)
gor.ver.her@comcast.net (Vivian Herrmann, Santa Maria, CA)