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On the Road of Life, before we find Christ, the thing we don’t realize is our utter state of depravity, we are lacking , empty, and wanting. Just like Paul he was on a mission to stop the Christians, being empty and void of Gods true wishes, but thinking he was at the top of his spiritual achievements. Then he met Jesus on the Road. (THE ROAD TO DAMASCUS)

“and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, (Paul) why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,”
Acts 9:4 & 5 (NASB)

The problem with the human heart left on it’s own and not being affected by God is it’s desperately wicked. Other would say no it’s not, they don’t understand the nature of the fleshly heart. It’s nature would be to have self preservation, self centered thinking, and fulfillment of self desires. For without a greater purpose why would anyone think any differently, and that does make perfect sense. If we trust ourselves to follow our own hearts with no intervention from God then we will most likely be in trouble. The Bible says that the Heart is desperately wicked.

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Jeremiah 17:9 (AKJV)

Jesus clearly stated in Mark that it is the things that proceed from the Heart of a man, are the things that defile him. So if the heart if is full of a fleshly nature then it will be defiling to his Soul.

“After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
Mark 7:14-23 (NASB)

We must delight in the Lord, we are to take all of our pleasure in him.

“Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalms 37:4 (NASB)

We must desire to be filled by the will of the Father. As we walk to serve him and humble ourselves before him.

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.“
James 4:10 (NASB)

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,”
1 Peter 5:6 (NASB)

So where is your Road to Damascus? Remember God, and also Jesus where never lost, we are the ones who are lost, so we done have to look for or find them. We simply need to call to them and they will come and find us.

“Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”
John 14:23 (NASB)

The question is how do we delight ourselves in the Lord? What does that look like? I know that personally I tried for many years to be delighted in God, on my own without trying to incorporate God or having an intervention into my Heart. How does God want us to delight in him? The Gospel of John paints a pretty good picture of what that looks like.

“But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
John 4:23 & 24 (NASB)

“For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved .”
Romans 10 :12 & 13 (NASB)

As in the beginning left to our own devices we would be in a constant state of emptiness and not flowing with purposes of our Father God and his Son Jesus Christ our King and Master. Let’s submit our wills to the one who died for us and live unto him and let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit. Let’s walk down the Road to Damascus hand in hand with our Lord Jesus Christ.

JimT

3 Responses to “What are the Desires of the Heart & Where is Your Road to Damascus?”

  1. on 13 Jun 2011 at 7:03 pmGeorge

    Thank you,without GOD I would have been dead long ago!
    Call unto Me and I will answer thy and show you great and mighty things thou knowest not. I need to know HIM and share that which I know,just as you are doing. Love gw

  2. on 13 Jun 2011 at 7:44 pmDoubting Thomas

    George,
    God saved my life as well. HE gives me hope and peace in those times when I need it…

  3. on 16 Jun 2011 at 11:04 amMatt Elton

    When I delight myself in my self, my heart is deceitful above all things, and filled with sinful desires. When I delight myself in Yahweh, He gives my heart righteous desires. Praise God!

  

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