Day 5 Desire Isn't a Bad Thing

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For sometime I’ve followed the notion that things flow effortlessly and with ease when we get instep with what is being divinely initiated in our lives, rather than trying to assert our own effort and will.

 

Here's where I get this notion:“God does not respond to what we do; we respond to what God does. We’ve finally figured it out. Our lives get in step with God and all others by letting him set the pace, not by proudly or anxiously trying to run the parade.” Romans 3:27-28 MSG

  

The thing that gets some people into trouble is that in an attempt to follow what God is doing; they shun anything they desire believing their heart is evil. But Psalm 37:4 tells us that God actually “appoints” and “bestows” the things we desire. That’s what the word “give” translates to mean in this verse, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desire of your heart.” 

 

He actually appoints the things we desire. When we deny the things God has uniquely placed and appointed in our hearts, we are actually resisting God. Instead we need to recognize that we are no longer living under the old covenant that states that the heart is deceitful and wicked (Jer. 17:1). We've been reconciled and given new hearts. 

Living in the old outdated frame of reference keeps people disconnected from their heart, and the God who occupies it, living from a slave mentality, rather than sonship. Here's the deal: we actually get to live in the freedom we’ve been given, instead of running from it.

  

How to Get In Step

It’s when we trust God to initiate and activate the things he’s placed in our heart, rather than trying harder and working to produce them in our own steam that we get instep with him. This isn't a legal proposal, dictating that we had better stay out of a holy God's way, but an easy, breezy overflow of entering into the fullness of life through relationship that allows us to be instep. 

We can stay in the lens of legality, do's and don'ts, or the lens of liberty that has granted us all things, though all things are not what might be inspired in this moment.

Francois Du Toit tells us in the Mirror Bible Translation, “Truth has found its most authentic and articulate expression in human life. If our message seems vague to anyone, it is not because we are withholding something from certain people! It is just because some are so stubborn in their efforts to uphold an outdated system that they don’t see it! They are all equally found in Christ but they prefer to remain lost in the cul-de-sac language of the law."  2 Corinthians 4:2 MB

To wrap up my thoughts today, we have the freedom to chose from our heart, but we also have the invitation to choose the best things over every dangling carrot that grabs our attention. Today on day 5 of 30 Days of Creative Expression, I am journaling around, the art of things chosen well, not often. I am leaning into the invitation that is alive within and noticing where life is beating its most fervent, yes!