Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The Heart of our Desires

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Last weekend, I attended the Beth Moore Simulcast. She was live in Wisconsin, and we were sitting in a church in Duncan, SC participating. The whole event was wonderful, and I am so grateful that I was able to participate. Travis Cottrell led worship before each session, and he did an amazing job. Being able to worship with 400 women, and knowing that all over the world there were over 90,000 women coming together to Worship God was incredible. There were a total of 516 locations doing the simulcast in 4 countries. AMAZING!

The theme for the conference was “The Heart of Our Desires,” and God knew exactly what I needed before I stepped one foot into the church. Beth gave 7 points to go along with Psalm 37:1-9, but she focused mainly on verse 4.
1) Nothing dictates our lives like our desires.
-- Desire is a sustained longing that is unaffected by mood or situation.
2) Beneath the desires of our hearts, is the heart of our desires.
-- What motivates you more than anything else?
-- Look for what is present, in the absence of your desires.

3) Delighting in God, adapts our desires into inevitabilities.
-- Grant me a heart that delights in you Lord.
4) Nothing external can steal our right to delight – NOTHING!
-- What is taking a bite out of my delight?
---- Jealousy vs. 1
---- Anger vs. 8
---- Worry vs. 1 & 8
5) To make room for delight, we’ve got to commit to HIM.
-- Stop doubting and believe
6) Nothing is passive about patiently waiting for desire to turn into delight.vs. 7
-- God is not inactive; He is always at work. Sometimes you just need to be silent and listen.You never learn anything while talking.
7) Till faith becomes sight, Trust God and do good. vs. 3
-- Dwell in the land that God has given you and feed off of his faithfulness.
-- It is more important to do good, than to be right.

At the very end of the event, she had us find a partner, hold hands, look them in the eye, and repeat the following “Commission” to them:

My Dear Sister
God has not overlooked you
He has not ignored you
He hears every petition
And intimately knows
The heart beneath it.
Give Him full access
To all your longings
Pray every single day
To become a person who delights in Him.
When it seems to disappear
Remember to check your JAW
Are you jealous?
Are you angry?
Are you worried?
Roll it all on Jesus
He's strong enough to carry it
Big enough to handle it.
Trust God with all your heart
Now leave this place
And go into the world
And do some GOOD.

I was there with my dear friend Jennifer, so with tears in our eyes, we commissioned one another. What an incredible way to end an incredible weekend.

1 comment:

Hawklady said...

We had a similar verse at church Sunday and Ryan explained it the same way. It doesn't mean pray for a million dollars and God will give it to you, it means if you are a child of God the desires of your heart will match with His will. Thanks for sharing with us! Hmmmm maybe Ryan went to the Beth Moore simulcast too...LOL