Carson: Always seek God’s guidance when addressing desire | Features

Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome.

Without desire one might even become severely depressed.

St. Andrew Episcopal Church Rector Father Richard Lightsey shares: “I personally desire little to nothing. My life is driven towards the needs and desires of others.”

I believe this to be a great desire!

Paul comments: “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care — then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front. Don’t sweet talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 2:1-4 The Message)

Desire either leads a person towards God or away from God. Desire is a powerful force for good or evil. In our desiring, we should always seek God’s guidance.

Straight Gate Ministries Pastor Jack Woodard shares: “Our desires will push us in a direction to make choices. We must make sure that our desires are in tune with the desires of God. It is stated ‘Just follow your heart.’ But doing this without consulting God can get us in trouble.”

Erin Larison, Director of Membership Engagement at the Kokomo Family YMCA agrees: “Be careful to listen to God, because your heart will lie to you!”

God declares through Jeremiah: “But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the woman who sticks with God. They’re like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers. Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season.

“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” (Jeremiah 17:7-10 The Message)

So, Brother Mike, what would you say one’s greatest desire in life should be?

I agree with Paul concerning our need to be in relationship with God through Jesus: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11)

The lyrics of a great song further affirm my answer: “It’s my desire, to live for Jesus, It’s my desire, to live for Him; Though often failed Him, And caused Him shame. It’s my desire, to live for Him.

“If you could see, where Jesus brought me from to where…

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