Due to A NEW BABY in the Frania family, Bible study was cut short last night. Good problem to have, ay?
So I’m sharing my thoughts on Lie #12 from our Bible study “Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets Them Free” by Nancy DeMoss:
LIE: I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings
I have so many unfulfilled longings that if I pursued all of them I’d be a wreck.
Is it the same with you? Am I alone on this?
Women make plans. Women day dream about what life could be like if only…
Women want more! Women pursue hopes and dreams like their life depended on it. We multi task and one of those tasks – always – is what we want to do or how we could do something better, or what our next step is…you get the picture.
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy! BUT that is what makes us special. We pursue. We don’t sit idle and we don’t accept mediocrity.
BUT that also is what can drive us nuts and cause us to think we are missing out.
It can put us in bondage.
Too often we think that: if we are hungry – eat. If we don’t have the $ – charge it. If we want more romance – do what it takes to get it.
BUT that mind set will always leave us unfulfilled.
Longings are not bad. Longings are a natural part of a woman’s life. It’s what we do about them that makes our lives better… or empty.
It’s OK to have longings.
Our satisfaction must come from our relationship with God and if we are believers we can be fulfilled in Him. That’s not just a religious platitude.
Our mindset needs to be purposely managed – decide to look to God to supply our needs/wants/dreams/aspirations/goals, etc.
He will do it for you if you:
- Walk in the Spirit (sincerely follow Him, get to know Him through His Word, pursue a life of holiness living a life pleasing to God, consider spiritual things daily and LOVE Him in word and actions) Galatians 5:25
- Ask Him for direction and listen to His promptings (He speaks in a quiet voice, so learn to LISTEN). Colossians 2:6,7
- Determine to consider every decision: Am I putting my relationship with God first? Does what I am contemplating line up with Scripture? Will the outcome of my actions please Him? Am I considering others? Ephesians 4:30
Psalm 16:11 “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Sometimes we just need to choose to do right regardless of our own desires. OUCH.
Pursuing the wrong thing = discontent.
Let’s determine to make good decisions, choose to do right no matter what, and to pursue God and not “things.”
We cannot have all that we desire – unless our desires are desires that God has put in our hearts. (Psalm 37:4)
All of our longings will not be satisfied this side of heaven. So let’s set our sights on heaven and glorifying God while we are here – it is the only way we will be fulfilled and content.