why do i not desire god

why do i not desire god

As for your question, why does not God take it away? Pray for dawn and deliverance. Get back to that place where you craved Him when you first got saved. It’s getting this right.      who equip yourselves with burning torches! Not only do I share the struggle, but I have conversations with real people struggling like this. by John Piper. Why do you do all things? But he also tells us that the way he fights as an imperfect saint is by the hope that Christ has a firmer grip on him than he does on Christ. This is not theoretical for me. Right at the center of the gospel, God is exalting God. The book I have in mind is either Desiring God or God’s Passion for His Glory. and set my feet upon a rock, If I could just feel better about me, I’d be healed.” You wouldn’t.      and has no light The Bible tells us clearly that God has a desire and a plan to fulfill that desire. We think that the solution is, “If I could just feel better about me, better about the way I look, better about my height, my weight, my complexion, my hair, my mathematical ability. Therefore, for God to be, loving must give himself. We have to build on that. Hearts tend to grow cold, and even the most on-fire Christians can struggle with maintaining their love and service to God. Therefore, God is the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation and self-presentation is synonymous with love. Left to ourselves, our desire for God will wane and drift. As you resolve to grow and change this year, remember that good intentions without diligence will fail. No. There’s nothing extraordinary about it. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, I’ve preached messages that have gotten me emails from philosophy professors and theology professors. LORD’S INVITATION – “11 Reasons Why People Do Not Respond to the Lord’s Invitation?” 3 b. Romans 1:16 - “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” C. The invitation is God’s call through God’s Word for you to become He looks away from himself, confesses his divided self, and presses on in the battle. Oh, make your name holy, pure, righteous, set apart, valuable, big, one of a kind, magnificent. How long was David in the miry bog? God my Desire. You might be thinking you always desire God. It is a fearful thing when we are going through a season where we don’t feel it at all. This is a very dangerous conference. trust in the name of the Lord They will know the truth (which may seem random to us), and the truth may set them free. I have a kind of person in my mind, and I do so because of a recent conversation at my church. 4:19). “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13. Format: PDF | Get this resource. Paul says, “My aim is to magnify Jesus Christ.” That’s the same as glorify Jesus Christ, but oh how ambiguous the word magnify is. Or, to paraphrase, “I grasp for the hope for future perfection, because Christ has already grasped me and will not let me go.” Sometimes we feel his grasp more sweetly than at other times. Your kingdom come, your will be done.’” The very first petition that Jesus teaches us to pray is, make your name great in the world. Know this: his hands are on his children’s fingernails — day and night. And yet there it is. May God give you the grace to sing it anew. Here’s the way I would define love to you. When we take pleasure in the idea of someone going to hell, we do not know God. Get back to that place of worship. In fact, I just have the suspicion there won’t be any mirrors in heaven, because anything good and beautiful about you will be radiated back to you from the other people that you’re loving so much it just bounces back to you. Carve out twenty minutes of unbroken silence. Through life’s fearful path. I’m not on a mission to help you feel good about yourselves. Psalm 23:3: “He restores my soul. Keep holding on, if only, it may seem, by your fingernails. Your calling is you are on planet Earth to put a telescope to the eye of the world. Now, which way are you called upon to magnify God? Instead, realize that any precious biblical truth that has ministered deeply to you, though it may seem irrelevant to your friend’s situation, may be more helpful than you realize. And so he had to put forth his Son as a propitiation by his blood, so that he could be seen to be just and the justifier of him who has faith in Jesus. I don’t think my friend is unusual. For God to be love is to call attention to him and, therefore, in God’s case, he’s the one being in the universe for whom self-exaltation is identical to love. If you have no faith in Christ, then you have no relationship with God (John 14:6). Worship becomes more intimate. But our actions prove if our words are true or not. If you have something that you know will give others full, lasting pleasure and instead of showing it to them, you elevate and exalt yourself, are you a loving person? We got to ask some huge questions. His voice becomes beautiful. What does it mean for God to love me?” Here would be my answer. Every Christian asked might have a different reason for serving God; different people are motivated by … And I have to resist continually not preaching all that stuff again, because I love to preach it. You remember in Philippians 1:22–25 where he’s struggling: “Am I going to live, or am I not going to live?” He settles it, “Yes, I believe I probably will live. Isn’t that an amazing statement? I followed up one such conversation recently with an email. For you to be love is to call attention to him. So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (Romans 7:24–25). It’s not the life Jesus’ followers have ever had. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the first part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. You’re in God’s will in other areas. You were created for the glory of God.” Now, that is an ambiguous statement, and I have thrown it around for years and realize how ambiguous for the glory of God is in people’s ears. He must hold me fast. You can’t copy him in this. We find ourselves making series of excuses as to why we can’t spend time with God. Is that love? Salvation is not my brain doing what it can do by itself.      making my steps secure. Feelings come and go, and you may not always “feel” love for God. James tells us that if we “lack wisdom,” we should ask for it from God (James 1:5). 3. It will be distracting. I am on a mission to help you feel so good about the greatness of God that you forget about yourselves and live a life of love, making others glad in God. That’s a low-level American gospel message. I want suffering people to come into this conference and come into our church and come into the door at Desiring God ministries and feel like these are not chipper people who have never tasted the dark night of the soul, never tasted the loss of a loved one, never tasted the love of a wayward child. Let’s sum it up with Ephesians 1:11: “God works all things according to the counsel of his will.” All things. One of the messages was entitled, “Did Jesus die for us or for God?” Did Jesus die for us or for God? Protip: if you want people to worship your God, try not to make him sound like a sadistic narcissist asshole. Does it mean magnify God like a microscope magnifies or like a telescope magnifies? First Peter 4:11: “He leads us for his glory.”. I can’t promise that you are a child of God, but I can promise that if you throw away hope, you will prove not to be a child of God. He said it in another place, lest you think that was kind of an isolated, exceptional statement. And so he must show us himself. You’d have low-level, low-grade, non-satisfying measures of contentment. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Happiness. I am on a mission to put your happiness in God’s glory. I think it is a mistake to give unqualified assurance to a struggler when you do not know if they are born again. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. I’ve come up with this little analogy to clarify how you should not glorify God and how you should glorify God, how you should not magnify God and how you should magnify God. The Bible says much about prayer — why is this? If you catch on to what I’m saying, or if any of you parents brought your kids, that’s risky. But that’s not what God has promised. This is not a comfortable answer. The end is to know God, and nothing less. I am a worker with you for your joy in these few hours that we have together. When I tell people to desire God, it doesn’t mean I always do and therefore my life is perfect and I’m perfectly happy. God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him. And salvation has to do with getting where we need to be in our relationship with God. One reason I have come to love the Psalms is that they are woven with desire for God. Christian Hedonism says that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. I love the robust congregational affirmation of this recording of Capitol Hill Baptist Church singing it. Is that loving? Desire for Perfect Beauty. Other desires will come in and choke out God’s Word (Mk. He died for us because we needed a substitute to bear our guilt and our wrath, and he died for God in that God needed to be shown vindicated, righteous, and holy in forgiving people like us. We’re on a mission to change that.      and by the torches that you have kindled! So, while this book is a mere ten years old, the But it is the only way forward into light and hope and relief. The problem is that many people, after being persuaded, find that this truth is both liberating and devastating. Forever. By your behavior, your parenting, the way you do your job, the way you worship, and the way you handle your things in life, everyone should read off of your life: “God is great.” That’s why you exist. You also can give the sober counsel that struggling has hope of success, but forsaking the struggle does not. My salvation is a miracle wrought by the Holy Spirit upon me doing what I cannot do for myself, bringing into being a new John Piper who has affections for God and is falling out of love with the world. It’s not power to get to heaven when you die. Troubles, even the most severe troubles you can imagine, are not evidence that God doesn’t care. And so will diligence without God. Paul is ashamed of his inconsistency in these times of defeat. But he does not despair. We’re supposed to be like God, so I’m going to exalt myself, and that will loving.” It won’t be loving. Worker with you for your joy. Paul speaks in a way that captures some of the mystery of the ongoing battle with sin: Wretched man that I am! A woman who comes into my office and says, like many of you feel, “It feels, Pastor John, as though the distance between my head, which is totally affirming of everything you preach, and my heart, is about a 1000 miles.” That’s why I wrote this book, and why we named this conference that. And then we have to answer this second question briefly. I could never keep my hold
 Just go ahead and overflow from your morning devotions. That’s why I wrote the book. I’m here to help you feel good about God, and forget about yourself and give your life away in love to others. Not only does the Bible speak of waiting for God in the miry bog, but it also speaks of true believers walking in a kind of darkness. For God to love you is for him to do everything, even the death of his Son, even at the cost of his Son’s life, he will do everything he must do for his own in order that they might be enthralled with what will make them fully and eternally happy, namely himself. Second Corinthians 1:24 and Philippians 1:25, two apostolic mandates to me to get down there to Greenville and work for your joy, so that’s what I said, in a shorter form, to Jon in the airport this morning. God would have to transform my heart to do what a heart cannot make itself do, namely, want what it ought to want. It means that when I desire God fully, I am perfectly happy. If you get this right, almost everything else I say, I think, will follow. Paul calls us to admonish each other “in all wisdom” (Colossians 3:16). You hope they are. What I am doing in this letter is simply reminding you (1) that God is present in the darkness, (2) that he is holding on to his people when they feel barely able to hold on to him, and (3) that though you may feel unsure of your salvation in this struggle, you may be totally sure you will not have salvation if you give up the struggle and walk away. Isn’t it amazing? Whoever serves let him serve in the strength that God supplies in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” If you serve, you should serve in the strength that God supplies, so that he may get the glory, not you. Having a baby was the desire of my heart; I was 42 when God said no. 2. Convinced of this, I know I will remain, and continue with you all, for your progress and joy of faith.” Yes, the Lord is going to leave me a little longer on planet Earth so that I might advance your joy of faith. Perhaps you have considered this word from Isaiah: Who among you fears the Lord “Encourage one another daily,” warns the author of Hebrews, “so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (3:13). All of these suggestions involve surrender. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. I have a theory that for some people silence comes … I am here to make you so happy in God — to help you feel so good about the glory, majesty, beauty, justice, love, truth, and power of God that in that you forget about yourself. We don’t believe he can. How should my name be profaned? The excuse is often, "I just don't feel like seeking Him." I am on a mission to show you from Scripture that if all you have is a decision for Christ and no delight in Christ, you don’t have Christ. Why does God do everything he does? This man not only desires God Himself, he desires nothing but God. And here, in Psalm 63 verse 1, we find perhaps the strongest expression of it. Is there a unifying motive for all that God does? It’s been fifteen years since I wrote When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy.I wrote it because hundreds of people who hear the message of Christian Hedonism with hope drift into discouragement because they don’t have the joy in God that they know they should. These failures leave him feeling distant from God and, at times, wondering if he is a Christian, or perhaps whether he may even be an Esau who has spurned grace so often that true repentance is no longer possible (Hebrews 12:16–17). Only God can make the depraved heart desire God. In fact, in this world after the fall, God to most people is either not on their radar screen at all, or a little tiny dot that might show through the smog of sin every two or three weeks. You are forgiven for God’s glory. You have a job. Most of you have walked through it. It’s power for salvation. Subscribe to the Fighter Verses™ Blog: Email Address . You may not follow him in this, except like this. God does everything that he does — everything that he does — in order to display his glory for the enjoyment of all those who find in Christ their highest treasure. God wants me to belong to him as fully as I can in the life I am now living. Get RID of anything or anyone that is hindering you. Which makes matters worse if that satisfaction is missing.      and obeys the voice of his servant? What happens is wonder, awe, which is what you were made for.      you shall lie down in torment. (Isaiah 50:10–11). Redesigned with an updated cover and new preface. 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