What do you desire?

“And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
Mark 4:18-19 KJV
God has a destiny for your life and walking in that destiny will satisfy you like nothing else can.  You are part of God’s great plan to reach people and impact their lives. The enemy doesn’t like that; he would love nothing more than to prevent you from walking in your destiny and fulfilling your purpose.

One of the destiny distractions that the enemy will try to use against you is the lusts of other things. This isn’t limited to sin. It is talking about a strong desire for other things; anything other than God and what He has for you. When your desires aren’t in line with what God desires for you it will cause your heart to be distracted and you will end up going in the wrong direction. If something else (or even someone else) is more important to you than God (and His purpose for your life) then you will not live in your destiny.

Many people wrongly believe that our feelings and desires are uncontrollable. But you can lead your emotions by purposefully controlling your focus. What you focus on you give power to, and you empower in your life. The way that you think determines the way that you live (Proverbs 23:7). One of the keys to walking in your destiny is that of focus. What are you focused on? Your focus influences and shapes your desires, and if you are consumed with thoughts about the wrong things, you will start to desire the wrong things and eventually you may reject the right thing for the wrong thing, all because you can’t deny what’s in your heart. Let’s take adultery for example: adultery is not your God-given destiny. God will never give you any desire to cheat on your spouse, but you can give birth to those kinds of desires if you do not control your thoughts. If you start to think about anything pertaining to adultery (how you need some attention or excitement, or how your spouse is neglecting you and not meeting your needs) then you are sowing seeds towards adultery. You may not want to commit adultery but you’re sowing seeds towards it, and you will become susceptible to the temptation to do it. We must remember that right is right and wrong is wrong, and it’s always the right time to do the right thing, no matter what we feel. If your feelings are wrong, change them by changing your focus and your thinking. If you want to fulfill your purpose and walk in your destiny then you need to focus right.

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith…”
Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
Success comes as a result of focus. Focus means that you’re single-minded and paying particular attention to something. For us as Christians, success comes as we keep our focus on Jesus – He is the author and perfecter of our faith, and faith is what receives the blessing of God. We need to focus on keeping God and His kingdom and righteousness as our priority (Matthew 6:33). When we do this, our hearts and desires will be following our focus, and the lusts of other things will not be able to distract us from our destiny.

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