May [God] give you the desire of your heart (Psalm 20:4) NIV
- Delight in the Word of God
I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8)
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.(Psalm 119:11)
The Word of God is God’s self-revelation to us. Through the Word God reveals His mind to us. The more we read, study and practice the Word of God the more our minds are shaped and modeled after His heart. Many people are busy trying many avenues to figure out what the will of God for their lives is but they have failed to learn from and realign their lives according to the word of God.
- Walk in the Spirit.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; (Romans 8:5-6)
So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. (Galatians 5:16)
The Holy Spirit is God living in us. He is the greatest gift everyone who believes in Jesus Christ has. He is our helper to teach, guide and strengthen us. The Holy Spirit is not a force; He is the Third Person of the Triune God. He is also the Spirit of truth who leads believers towards all truth and protects us from error. He is also the one who makes us holy. As we continuously submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit our desires become more and more godly. One more important thing about the ministry of the Holy Spirit is that he illuminates our hearts and minds so that we can understand the Word of God. He, therefore, can never lead us to do something that is contrary to the written Word of God.
- Delight in the Lord.
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
God does not only want us to fear him, He wants us to love him. We love him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). The first article in the Westminster Shorter Catechism is that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” God called Abraham his friend (Isaiah 41:8). Let God be your passion.
- Have the Mind of Christ
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:24)
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4 Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death– even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:3-8)
If you want to nature godly desires then have the mind or attitude of Christ. It’s not hard to know the mind of Christ; all you have to do is to read the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus was compassionate, humble, delighted in dong the Father’s will, loved people, served people…. We possibly can’t figure out what Jesus would do (remember WWJD?) but we surely know what Jesus did. Let us then have the mind of Christ if we want to nurture godly desires.