Nancy Guthrie on How God Gives Christians the Desires of Their Hearts

Nancy Guthrie on How God Gives Christians the Desires of Their Hearts


– [Nancy Guthrie] When we come to Christ,
I think that we expect that God is going to change how we think and that being
joined to Christ is going to change how we behave. I think we don’t always
anticipate that being joined to Christ is going to change how we feel and even what
we want. One passage that helps me make sense of this is a very familiar passage,
Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you your heart’s
desires,” or the “desires of your heart.” You know, how often have we heard
this verse used to basically say something like, “Okay, well, you know,
get close to God, and that’s when you can expect that He is going to fill your
desires, that you’re going to get what you really want.” And I don’t think
that’s what this verse means at all. I think it means that as we delight
ourselves in the Lord, and by that, we enjoy Him, we abide in Him,
we listen to Him speaking through His Word, and we talk to Him in
prayer. We share a life in Him because we delight in Him, that the result of that is
He gives us desires for our hearts. It’s not that He gives us what we desire.
He actually gives us new desires so that we find ourselves wanting more of Him.
We find ourselves actually wanting to be holy. We find ourselves wanting
to give ourselves in the world to the passions of His heart,
because He’s given us His very own desires.

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7 Comments

  1. Nancy is right in her main point. The verse she is talking about does mean that God will give us desires for the right things. This is good news! How hard is it to do something when you desire to do that said thing. However, this is dependent on one thing and this is where she is mistaken. God does not change the way we think Romans 12:2 says… And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We must renew our minds God does not do it. But if we will renew our minds we will be transformed. The word transformed here is the Greek word metamorphoó this is the word we get our (USA) word metamorphize from. So we can be metamorphized like a creepy crawly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. But only if we will take the time to renew our minds with Gods word. God does not change the way we act either. The way we act is because of the way we think. No one has ever done anything without thinking about it first. So if we change the way we think (with Gods word) we will be metamorphized into acting differently. I think she did a good job explaining her main point. I just thought it was important to clear up the confusion that may have occurred.

  2. Yes the holy spirit revealed this to me long ago. It's not about giving us the desires of this world but more desire of God and becoming like his son Jesus.

  3. Amen. Sadly, so many people do not understand this. Continued prayers that they will. Thank you…this was very well articulated.🙏🏽🙌🏽

  4. Sure ,Thank you! …our own desires at best are mostly against God,and for Him to replace them with new ones from Himself is the most merciful and gracious thing our God can do.

  5. Wonderful Nancy. The scripture that came to my mind is Phil 2:13 " For it is God who works in you both to will ( want to do ) and to do ( again wanting to do ) of his good pleasure.

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