The Desires of Your Heart

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Psalms 37:3 – Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Trusting in the Lord is the first step in receiving (from God) the true inner desires of your heart. Without trust, one cannot really believe in God to answer their prayers. “Thou shalt be fed” means that God meets your personal needs, and it is His delight to do so “according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

Psalms 37:4 – Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall {absolutely} give thee the desires of thine heart.

First we trust in the Lord, and secondly we delight also in the Lord, and because of our delight, joy, and excitement it will presently be God’s pleasure to give us the desires of our hearts.  The above Scripture not only says that God will give us the desires of our heart, but that He also can place a desire into our very hearts, and then show us how to receive it.

There are times in life when we may not even know what is the best way to turn; often we are not even sure of what we are good at, nor do we know how to achieve our goals. However, Psalms 37:4 says that God can even give us “the desires of thine heart” meaning that God will first give us an actual desire, and then He will see that it comes to pass according to our believing.

Psalms 37:5-6:
-5:  Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it {the desires of your heart} to pass.
-6:  And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

“Thy righteousness as the light” means that you will feel wonderful and totally deserving, shining with effervescence because you have received the desires of your heart. “Thy judgment as the noonday” means that because you indeed did trust, delight, and commit your ways unto God, you are entitled and completely deserving to receive the desires of your heart from Him.

When God gives you the desires of your heart you will know without any doubt that you are living in the warmth of the light of God’s noonday, for then you will be enjoying the abundance of His blessings!

God Hears Us

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I John 5:14 – And this is the confidence that we {can} have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Notice that John states “if we ask any thing according to his will.” Knowing the will of God becomes significantly important when wanting to request and receive anything promised to us in God’s Word. Once we become acquainted with God’s Word, the Word itself will begin building our confidence and believing faith so that when we do ask God for something we will know that God hears us. Then we can not only expect what we ask from God, but we will also receive from Him as well.

I John 5:15 – And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

“Whatsoever we ask” is quite incredible, because when we ask for anything in God’s Word, we will have the actual petitions that God desires to hear. The more we realize that God hears us, the greater our believing becomes, and the more we will receive from Him.

Psalm 36:5-10:
-5:  Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and they faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds.
-6:  Thy righteousness is like the great mountains; thy judgments are a great deep: O LORD, thou preservest man and beast.
-7:  How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.
-8:  They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures.
-9:  For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.
-10:  O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

As our confidence in God’s Word grows in the heart of our hearts, then the blessings in His Word (like those in the Psalm above) can become for us realities.

In time, we can find ourselves not simply looking at the Bible as mere words on a page, but rather, we can find ourselves immersed in them because we will know that God hears us, and with that renewed confidence we will begin enjoying all the blessings of God (Ephesians 1:3-4).

Have a great day building confidence in God’s precious Word to you, knowing that God indeed hears you.

Philemon – Revealing Our Forgiveness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

The Epistle to Philemon is written with great heart, care, and concern to Philemon, because Paul is asking him to forgive and take back into his home the former servant Onesimus who had run away and caused some expense and grief to Philemon.

The Scriptures do not explain what Onesimus had done or how he ended up being with the Apostle Paul who was then in prison at Rome, yet our God seems to have a way of bringing people into our lives whom we can help with His healing Word.

Philemon lived in Colossea (the same area that the Epistle of Colossians was written, in Asia Minor), and Paul expresses with endearing and intimate words of encouragement for Philemon not only to forgive, but to take his servant back as a faithful brother in Christ. Onesimus hand-delivered the Epistle to Philemon, which shows us that Onesimus had lost whatever gave him the fear to leave in the first place, for he was returning endeared to Paul.

Often Christians can receive their own forgiveness and begin walking with God themselves, yet when it comes to forgiving other people who have wronged them in one way or another, allowing the mind freely to offer the hand of friendship may be difficult.

The Epistle of Philemon is one of my personal favorites in the Bible, and especially verse 21, which we will quote in this Byte. In Philemon we can see the love of Christ working in the life of Paul as he reaches out to Philemon with great passion that can only be fulfilled with a forgiving heart.

Philemon 10-21 (The Amplified Bible*):
-10: I appeal to you for my [own spiritual] child, Onesimus [meaning profitable], whom I have begotten [in the faith] while a captive in these chains.
-11: Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me.
-12: I am sending him back to you in his own person [and it is like sending] my very heart.
-13: I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel’s sake.
-14: But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary [on your part].
-15: Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated [from you] for a while, that you may have him back as yours forever.
-16: Not as a slave {servant} any longer but as [something] more than a slave {servant}, as a brother [Christian], especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh [as a servant] and in the Lord [as a fellow believer].
-17: If then you consider me a partner and a comrade in fellowship, welcome and receive him as you would [welcome and receive] me.
-18: And if he has done you any wrong in any way or owes anything [to you], charge that to my account.
-19: I, Paul, write it with my own hand, I promise to repay it [in full]– and that is to say nothing [of the fact] that you owe me your very self {his spiritual self, meaning that Paul showed him the way of salvation}!
-20: Yes, brother, let me have some profit from you in the Lord, Cheer and refresh my heart in Christ.
-21: I write to you [perfectly] confident of your obedient compliance, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.

The greatest compliment that Paul or anyone could ever make to an endeared friend is to say “I know that you will do even more than I would ask” and know in your heart that it is true.

Paul had no greater joy than to have believers around him like Philemon, whom Paul could simply suggest an idea and it would be done.

Do we have this kind of heart when God’s Word encourages us to forgive ourselves and/or others?  This indeed would most definitely be a blessing to God, our Father, for by doing so, we reap tremendous benefits.

Onesimus was not simply returning to his former job, but he was coming home, Colossians 4:9 records, “Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you.” Sometimes we may feel that we cannot return from where we came from because people will remember us the way we were before our salvation; however, this is not always the case.

Sometimes when our families, old friends, and acquaintances recognize the gentleness of Christ within, this may lead them to Christ (or back to Christ). Remember Jesus told one man “Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee” (Mark 5:19).

Once we accept Our Forgiveness in Christ (Ephesians 4:32), then we can offer forgiveness to others who may have wronged us in some way. Like Philemon who had a choice to make in forgiving his friend Onesimus, we can present the forgiveness that is ours in Jesus Christ to others, which really can free our lives from the burden of carrying around an unforgiving heart towards others. As we realize the Book of Philemon is Revealing Our Forgiveness, we will find it effortless to recognize the spiritual inner joy and thankfulness that God gives when calling us into His household and family with complete forgiveness.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

God Is Real and Is with You and Is in You!

Faith is not real to you simply because someone tells you faith is real but becomes activated the instant you believe what God says in His Word. Faith is then activated in your own heart and you can experience what the believers down through millennia have experienced, visionary faith that reveals spiritual truth to your heart. Then your faith becomes an actual substance- Hebrews 11:1 that you may activate with energetic conviction because you will know that God is real and is with you and is in you!” ~LMJ & CAJ~

Serenity Now – and Then

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also– Matthew 6:21. When we are thinking about God and His wonderful Word, our hearts will be right-on with God’s thoughts, which are His treasures. Nobody walks around continuously thinking about God and His Word (for we are not perfect); however, we can at least have precious moments of serenity throughout the day that can help us to remember God and His many promises to us.” ~LMJ~