There are often times in our lives when our desires to have a particular thing can be so intense that if it is not tamed, that desire can spiral out of control gradually transforming into an obsession without us even realising. It is so important for us to check that our desires are godly. Luke 12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. What we desire holds our affections the rich man was told to give up his wealth for this is where his affections were and that was what was separating him from God. The bible tells us that God will not withheld anything from the righteous, however we must be careful not to obsess about such things lest we begin to make that particular thing an idol. Psalm 84:11 The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
When we do not receive what we desire, we should understand that this may be a learning process in order for us to develop and move forward. We need to pay attention and take note of the lesson God maybe teaching us. If you are unsure what you are being taught than I suggest you ask God for guidance in the matter. The Lord will reveal to you what you need to know. The Holy Spirit teaches us, prayer and fasting are beneficial when trying to hear from God. It is essential for us to clearly establish the difference between our needs and wants, often we want something so bad we find it difficult to make this distinction. We need to let go of what we are striving for, and simply seek God first. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Sometimes we will not be granted the thing we desire most until we come to the place where we are not dependent or desperate. When our desire gradually fades away and we feel we can do without the thing we desire most is usually when God will grants it to us.
We can see that God will not take second place to anything in our life regardless of what it is, or how sacred it is to us. Revelation 1:8 I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the lord. He is Alpha and Omega the first and the last, The greatest commandment in the bible is to love God with all your heart mind and soul. Let nothing keep you to busy for God. We need to make a conscious decision that nothing we enjoy or desire becomes an idol in our life. God will give you the desires of your heart and what you need, however he will never give you something that will destroy you. So if you are praying for something and you do not receive it. There are two reasons why you are yet to receive it; either it is not meant for you or you must wait, God maybe working patience in you, God wants to make sure that we are at the right place to receive it. We will not be granted anything which will consequently cause us to lose our place in heaven. Matthew 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. You are far more precious to God than any temporal possession . We must learn to wait on God, trust that his timing is best. Waiting feels frustrating and at times we cannot comprehend why things are not happening for us, but we must remember God always has a plan for our lives and his plan is perfect.
It is a terrible sin to be involved in idolatry, Idolatry infuriates the lord we see in Genesis when Moses broke the tablets when the people were worshipping the golden calf. Moses was a Man of God used as a vessel to speak to the Israelites, we see he did not withhold his temper when he saw the israelites engaging in Idol worship. It is a commandment that we worship God only the israelites believed they were worshiping God and not the devil. The Devil has a lot people duped many are oblivious and in denial that they are even committing this awful sin. Anything that you place over God whether consciously or subconsciously is an idol. Idol worship can come in many different forms could be as simple as a specific sport we are dedicated to, or a relationship that has become more important to us then God or even material possessions. Bottom line is we need to get real with ourselves and make sure we are putting God in his correct place and spending quality time necessary to build up a relationship that is unbreakable. Hosea 14:4 I will heal you of your idolatry and faithfulness, and my love will know no bounds, for my anger will be gone forever. Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
The Lord is a jealous God and will not share his Glory with anybody. He wants us to put him first in everything we do. We must never love anything more than God. Not our friends, family, children, jobs or possessions. Abraham demonstrated that he loved God more than anything in his life. The son he and his wife waited many years for Issac was offered as a sacrifice. God was pleased with Abraham as he demonstrated God was first in his life and he was obedient regardless of the cost. On the other hand we have Eli who loved his sons above God, who turned a blind eye to all of their immoral activities and refused to discipline them he payed the ultimate sacrifice. Eli’s bad decisions resulted in the ark of the covenant being captured and Eli eventually loosing his life.
Sometimes if we received what we desire would we continue God trust us to be faithful. Or would we forget him once we receive what we need. Nebuchadnezzar was given so much power and wealth from God but he became lofty and full of pride, if we fail to check ourselves and give reverence to God the very gift received can tragic consequences have. Daniel 5:19 He made him so great that people of all races and nations and languages trembled before him in fear. He killed those he wanted to kill and spared those he wanted to spare. He honoured those he wanted to honour and disgraced those he wanted to disgrace. But when his heart and mind were hardened with pride, he was brought down from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. He was driven from human society. He was given the mind of an animal, and he lived among the wild donkeys. He ate grass like a cow , and he was drenched in the dew of heaven, until he learned that the most high God rules the kingdom of the world and appoints anyone he desires to rule over them.
We need to study his word and show ourselves approved, spend time with God daily let him become our everything . The devil will use anything to keep you busy and separated from God, be wise to his schemes. Let nothing become a distraction from spending time with God. The more time we spend with the father the more we will become like him. His ways will soon become are ways, invest your time and energy in the things of The Lord. Hosea 14:8 Stay away from idols ! I am the one who looks after you and cares for you. I am like the tree that is always green, giving my fruit to you all through out the year.