After you have carefully followed the previous six principles (Salvation, Scripture, Service, Supplication, Seeking Wise Counsel, Sound Judgment), what is next? I believe that if the six principles previously mentioned are followed, then we can ask ourselves the question, “what is my desire?” If that desire is in line with God’s Word I believe we can act on it and be truly satisfied that we are doing the will of God.
If you give yourself to knowing the Lord in salvation, having your mind shaped and fashioned by the Word of God, giving yourself to practical service of the Word of God, applying yourself in supplication to God, seeking from the Lord to know His will, giving yourself consistently to wise counsel (listening carefully to others in the body of Christ) and employing sound judgment in a particular situation; and then after your desires have been saturated and shaped by all these things it is then that your desires are starting to be aligned with God’s will. I believe that God grants you the liberty to act upon your desire and to be satisfied by it as long as it is in line with His Word. The psalmist declared, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4). Many wrongly understand this to be somewhat of an open cheque to getting whatever you want. Note that the “desires” in this text are regulated by one’s delight in the Lord. This means selfish and foolish desires are eliminated and stripped away from one’s thinking.
But what happens if you use all the principles outlined in this blog series, and you follow your desire but the situation just doesn’t work out? We make sure that we are honouring the Lord, to the best of our knowledge we are not being selfish, others support our ideas but it is not coming about. What do we do? This brings us to the final principle which we consider next time.