Are Our Conflicting ‘Wants’ Causing Us Internal Confusion?

 

What do you want?

 

If we are completely honest with ourselves, would many of us find that comfort, ease, rest, and the absence of conflict are the overarching themes of the items at the top of our list of ‘wants’?

That what we really, honestly want is

all things good,
for things to go well,
and to see the desired results without the hard effort
(and to top it off, could everyone just loves us and agrees with us all the time so that there is no conflict?).

 

And yet, at the same time would we also say in the same breath that if God asked us what we want, our request would be that our lives have purpose and count, that we would fulfill our calling, because we know that we were created for something purposeful.

 

“….we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph. 2:10

 

But when we take a look at those two desires (“comfort and ease” and “fulfilling our purpose”), we realize and KNOW that they rival and oppose each other.

 

The Word of God tells us that Christ will manifest through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.  That is beautifully poetic and a great promise and sounds easy.

 

But it goes on to say that the fragrance is experienced differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. And we aren’t in control of that. To one we are an aroma of death and to the other an aroma of life (2 Cor. 2:15,16). And we don’t get to choose to not ever be an aroma of death and thus avoid conflict.

 

To fulfill the great commission and GO and make disciples, teaching them to obey ALL that He has commanded, we will be loved and thanked as we are a fragrance of life, but we will also be hated by others to whom we are a fragrance of death. Jesus Himself told us so (John 15:18-24, Matt. 10:22, etc.).  It should not be a surprise to us, nor should we search for ways to avoid being hated for His name so that we are always comfortable and loved.

 

As we desire these two ‘wants’ (ease of life and fulfilling our calling), they contrast each other rather than working together, thus perhaps bringing to light the reason behind many people’s internal confusion.

 

Will we lay at His feet the desire to take the ‘I only want my comfort’ route and surrender to the faith adventure of allowing Him to bring comfort and ease AS we take His yoke upon us and follow His lead?

 

Knowing that it has been ‘granted’ to us for Christ’s sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer (Phil 1:29) for His sake,

may we not be thrown off course

and abandon ship.

 

May we be able say, ‘Though it has not been easy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”’ 2 Tim. 4:7

 

“Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Col. 4:17

We need you.

 

What do you want?

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With pen in hand (expecting Him to answer), here are a few things to talk to God about:

-Lord, show me if this is why I experience internal confusion over what I am supposed to be doing?

-Remind me of times when I have been a fragrance of life and instances when I have been a fragrance of death (because the good news was not received as good news) and give me Your perspective on those situations. And Lord, how would You encourage me for future times when I will experience both of these reactions.

-Pray a prayer of surrender, and resolve ahead of time, “Lord, I will follow You.”

-What do you ‘want’, in light of this time with God? Write it out.

 

Friend, do you have no idea where to start in answering one of those questions?

Just start writing and tell Him about how you don’t know, and let Him begin to show you.

Just put pen to paper.
I am praying for you, and Jesus is too (Romans 8:34, Heb. 7:25).

 

To see where this series of thoughts begins if you missed it, click here.

And click here to see the next post in the small series: What Does God Want Us to Want?

And remember you can hover over any scripture reference here and the verse will pop up. Pretty neat!

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Priorities

 

What do you want? If you have not already taken part in the last assignment, I would direct you back to that first, click here.

 

“What do you want?” 

 

It has again been a question that God has been asking my heart at the most unexpected times. (click here to see a response post from the last time I kept hearing this question)

 

And it causes me pause. It causes me to seek to find out my REAL desires.

 

As I hear Him ask, it seems that it is a prioritizing question for us all.

 

And it leads us to two parallel truths:

 

1) We need to prioritize prayer and ask Him for ALL our ‘wants’, desires, and needs, allowing Him to purify and to accomplish those desires according to His will.

 

The answer to this question, “What do you want?” is simply what prayer is.

 

Concerning all of the wants and needs that surfaced as we sought the Lord for the answer to this question, are we praying for them?

 

The Word says (James 4:2),

“You do not have because you do not ask.”

Being clear within ourselves about what we really want and what our all-knowing Heavenly Father (Who knows what is best for us and all those we are praying for) desires for us to ‘want’,

simply ASK.

 

Prioritize prayer.

 

ASK. And keep asking. “Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly]..” 2 Thess. 5:17 AMP

 

May we give those requests more diligent thought. What do we really want? And if we really want it, we will continue to pray and lay it before the Lord.  We will not be so easily pleased with less than.

 

 

And not only do we need to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6,7),

2) We need to prioritize His wants.

 

There is something about hearing Him, the One Who is able to answer that very request, that makes me truly ponder and examine the deep desires of my heart and if they line up with His desires. And it helps me refocus.

 

We need to know and have as our priority what He desires for us to want.

 

Let us not be so sidetracked by our own desires that we spend our time running after the wrong things.

 

Have you been misled by ‘lesser things’?

Have you talked to Him about what He desires for you to truly want?

 

PLEASE do so. And prioritize those things. We need you!

 

We need you seeking God and His Presence, praying, standing firm in the faith and in truth, and knowing your purpose.

 

“fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5

 

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.” 1 John 5:14,15

 

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And what if we find that our ‘wants’ work against each other? Click here to see more.


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A Question to Consider

 

 

“What do you want?”

 

Have you ever taken the time and truly contemplated the answer to that question?
Of course for many, the answer comes immediately.

If you are currently in physical pain, then the immediate answer of “health” or even simple “relief” is already on your lips.  Or if you are waiting to find that perfect spouse, then that may be what immediately pours forth from your mouth.

Whatever the current pressing situation is, then you have your answer..
Or maybe the response flows out of joyful ‘wants’: a new car, the newest phone, the kitchen remodeled, etc., etc.

But let me reframe the question for your consideration:

Hear the voice of God, your Loving Heavenly Father, Who is all-powerful and can do anything, hear Him ask the question,

 

“What do you want?”

 

 

Would you decide right now to take some time to sit with this one before the Lord, your God? Not what you ‘think’ the answer should be or what you even think the answer is, but let Him show you.

What do you truly, really want?

You may even need to ask it a few different ways:

1) Lord, show me what I want, really.

2) If I could ask for ONE thing from THE Giver of all good things, what do I want to ask for?

3) Lord, what do You want me to want? (Because we truly want what He wants, right?)

 

What do you truly, really want?

 

Lord,

I pray for every reader who comes across these words.  I pray that they would not rush.  I pray that You would have them set aside time to seek You and give them the time to wrestle out their answer before you.  I pray for the journal-ers out there to put pen to paper and seek their own hearts and to seek Yours for them.  What do You have for us all to learn here, with just a simple question?  Holy Spirit, show us. May we have ears to hear and eyes to see and hearts that long to know what the Spirit is saying to the Church, and may we listen.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

This question leads me to parallel truths. Click here to read some follow-up thoughts on Priorities.


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