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May 2014 Intimacy Speaks
Intimacy with Jesus #7
I love Jesus because He loves me so much He wants me to have the desires of my heart. It is Christmas time as I write, just after actually, and it dawned on me that although it was Jesus’ birthday party that the world attended a few days ago, our Host wanted us to have the presents instead of Him. So we exchanged with each other and we tried very hard to satisfy the desires of the other person’s heart. We didn’t necessarily succeed because we aren’t as familiar with those people as they are with themselves and they don’t understand themselves as well as Jesus does.
So it struck me that Jesus knows the desires of my heart better than I do, in fact, the point could be proved that He placed those desires in there, but that’s not my goal today. I simply want to state that Jesus wants me to have what I want. He’s not in heaven going, “Tsk, tsk. Why doesn’t she want something a bit more elevated, a bit more worthy of Me?” No, He lives in my heart where He says, “Ask Me for anything in My name and I will do it.”
Okay. Yes. There is a prerequisite. Your desires must be formulated from love. Read John 14, 15 and 16 and you’ll see what I mean. On the other hand there is no prerequisite. He doesn’t say, “You can have what you say only if I approve.” See Mark 11:23. All He requires, really, is that you talk things over with Him and allow Him to refine your desires and your words. …seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:33 ASV).
Look at that word “things”. It means just that – things. The Lord knows we need them: houses and cars and clothes and cash and airline tickets and food and furniture. He’s also not chintzy. God was the first to bedeck His beloveds with jewels and fine clothing. He made His followers, those who sought Him, who talked with Him and received His counsel, into very rich people: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc. God is all for me having “things”.
And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea’, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them and they shall be granted you (Mark 11:22-24 ASV).”
3. Do not doubt
Most people can deal with numbers 1 through 7. It’s number 8 that gives the difficulty. Well, try this. It has worked for me. Whatever you’ve asked for, say over and over to yourself, “I receive __________.” Fill in the blank with the finished product. It shall be granted to you.
Another way to look at the list taken from the above Scripture is this: work on your heart, work on your mind, work on your words, run it by the Lord for His finishing touch – then Ask. Then Receive.
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