Take delight in The LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
What are the desires of your heart? Your heart’s desires equal everything you secretly dream about, visualize or imagine. They’re not just far-off, impractical wishes or impossible hopes, but they are deeply spiritual in nature.
Maybe you desire to be married or have children. Perhaps you’ve always desired to start a ministry or a business. Or what about financial freedom and abundance? Is that your dream? Whatever the desires of your heart, it’s never too late to receive them. No matter how old you are or how long you’ve been waiting—you can live the life you’ve always dreamed of.
Many Christians wonder if the desires of their heart are God’s will, and rightly so. Before we ever begin pursuing our heart’s desires, we must know they line up with God’s Word and will. The more time you spend with God—seeking Him and obeying His Word—the more certain you will be that your heart’s desires match His will. In fact, when you follow Him, He puts those desires in your heart (Psalm 37:4). They become in sync with His will.
3 Ways to Know if the Desires of Your Heart Are God’s Will
1.They are in His Word.
This may seem obvious and simple, but the fact is many Christians don’t consider this factor when making a decision. There are times when you need to inquire of God, but others when you don’t because He’s already given the answer. Second Timothy 2:15tells us that we are to rightly divide the Word of God, which means to handle it correctly and consider every verse in context, and in comparison to other verses in the Bible.
That’s why it is important to remember that “if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14, NKJV).Well, not everything is God’s will. The only way to find out if the desires of your heart line up with His Word is to study the Scriptures and find out.
Here are a few examples of desires you may have and scriptures that reveal God’s will:
- I would like to own a home and a car, and have plenty left over to be a blessing to others.
Psalm 1:1-3: “Blessed is the man…[whose] delight is in the law of the Lord…. whatever he does shall prosper” (NKJV).
Proverbs 10:22: “The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and he adds no sorrow with it” (NKJV).
- I desire to have a spouse and children.
Proverbs 18:22: “He who finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor from the Lord” (NKJV).
Deuteronomy 7:14: “You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you” (ESV).
- I would like to use credit cards to buy what I want, so I don’t have to wait.
Romans 13:8: “Owe no man any thing, but to love one another” (KJV).
- I’m not happy in my marriage. I want to get a divorce.
Mark 10:9: “What God has joined together let no one separate” (NIV).
Luke 16:18: “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery” (NIV).
It will be easy to know if the desires of your heart are God’s will when you know the Word. Many of your desires have already been addressed in the Bible. However, if your desire isn’t specifically addressed in His Word, it will require this next point below.
2.You heard from Him.
In many cases concerning God’s will, you need to hear from Him directly before taking a faith stand and believing Him to deliver the desires of your heart into your hands. Examples of these desires might include your specific career path or the individual you should marry. In these cases, you cannot know if it is God’s will until you have heard from Him. The more time you spend in the Word of God, the quicker you will recognize His voice and hear from Him regarding your heart’s desires.
Whenever your heart’s desires are God’s will for you—it will require that you depend on Him. Spend time in prayer, ask Him to reveal His will to you, and have ears to hear. You may hear the answer as an inward witness, He may send someone to give you a word in season, or you may have a peace in your heart from the Holy Spirit. When in doubt—wait. Don’t get ahead of God. Being in His will is the safest place to be.
3.You’re in God’s will in other areas.
If you’re seeking God’s will in a particular area of your life, one thing can hinder the answer—being out of His will in another area. If you’re looking for direction or guidance in your finances, but you’re busy disobeying His Word by refusing to forgive, for example, you may miss His instructions because you aren’t in tune with His voice.
If you can clearly hear His correction and rebuke, you’ll be able to clearly hear His answers to your questions, as well. Make it a point to get in line with God’s Word in every area of your life. Then, when you need an answer as to which way you should go—you’ll be tuned in and hear His answer loud and clear.
When you look to the Word, hear from God, and stay in His will in other areas, you’ll be in position to know with certainty if the desires of your heart are God’s will for you. The closer you get to Him, the more your desires will automatically be His will. No matter what you’re seeking, know this: God’s will for you is wholeness and abundance—spirit, soul and body!
1. Catch a Vision
“I am giving all this land, as far as you can see, to you and your descendants.” –Genesis 13:15
The first step to receive the desires of your heart is to catch a vision. If you can see it, you can have it. That doesn’t mean if you want it badly enough, you’ll get it. It means if you can catch a vision in your spirit (the inward man) and believe you will receive what you pray for—it will be yours (Mark 11:24).
That’s what happened when Moses sent 12 spies to scope out the Promised Land. They all saw the same things, experienced the same things, and were given the same information. Yet, they came back with strikingly different reports. Ten of the 12 came back saying, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us” (Numbers 13:31, NASB).
But Joshua and Caleb caught a vision of what God could do to deliver their hearts’ desires into their hands. They said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it” (verse 30, NASB). They were the only ones who caught the vision—two out of 12!
There are two kinds of people—those who can see their desires coming to pass and those who can’t (or won’t). Only one group will be in the victor’s circle. Don’t let naysayers talk you out of what belongs to you. Catch a vision in your spirit of your heart’s desires with the Word of God, and declare aloud, “I will by all means take possession of my heart’s desires, for I am well able to overcome any adversity by my God!”
2. Disconnect From the World
“Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God?” –James 4:4
Once you catch a vision of receiving the desires of your heart, it’s time to prepare your heart to receive them. The Bible begins here: “Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord” (Psalm 37:3-4, NKJV).
How do you do this? It starts with disconnecting from the world—that’s the only way to give God first place in your life. Many believers wonder why good things never seem to happen to them. They expect God to do His part, yet they are not willing to do their part.
“You have to get to the place where you qualify to receive the good things God wants to give you. When you seek Him, trust Him and delight yourself in Him, then it becomes His responsibility to bring you the good things that will satisfy the desires of your heart. If you start to pursue the things you want in life, rather than pursuing God, you will disqualify yourself from the promises. So, seek God’s face—not His hand. When you pursue intimacy with God, you will qualify yourself to receive all that He has promised. And the best part is, you will not lack any good thing.”
Make a commitment to connect with God every day, feed on His faithfulness, and delight yourself in Him. Trust in His love for you, and He will bring all the desires of your heart to pass.
3. Throw Off Unforgiveness
“Throw off everything that hinders.” –Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)
You’ve caught a vision and disconnected from the world—maybe you’ve already done much more than that. Maybe you’ve done all that you can think to do. When you’re standing in faith to receive the desires of your heart, you’ve likely contemplated Ephesians 6:13, which says, “having done all…stand” (KJV). But a lot of times, people have done all they want to do, not all they are required to do.
One of the most common areas where people miss it is in the area of unforgiveness. It’s the big dog of hindrances to receiving your heart’s desires. Part of the reason for this is a misconception of what forgiveness really means. Forgiving someone isn’t a special favor to them. It isn’t justifying what they’ve done, and it doesn’t even indicate a restored relationship. In fact, forgiveness isn’t something that happens between you and another person—it’s something that happens within you. It is a quiet, personal transformation in your heart.
More important than anything else—forgiving someone else sets you free. That’s why Paul exhorted believers to “focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13).
We touch on so much here. Why? To share what has been placed on and in my heart.
We are born where we were for a reason: culture/practices/beliefs/rearing is for a reason. Step out, and you do just that! https://www.openbible.info/topics/stepping_out_of_your_comfort_zone
But be doers of The Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling The Word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
We at times have ‘desires’/wants/hopes/needs are they truly from God? Is your timetable more important than The Creator of all things?!
In life, we are moved to ‘rush’. Did Joseph rush? He was sold into slavery because of his dream. We look back, it was meant to be. Did he judge? He simply did as he was led. Years went by, despite him imploring the server of wine to pharaoh. God makes ALL things beautiful in their time.
God has made everything beautiful in its time. God has also set His nature in the spirit; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
Is your hurry God’s? We all live in the now. What is a fruit of The Spirit of God? Patience.
But the fruit of The Spirit is Love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22,23
Another verse rises in my spirit:
2 Peter 3:8–9 reads:
‘But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With The Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.’
Our hurry is not God’s! Our needs/wants/desires need to be checked out to be in line with The Word. I have pondered this for years. “Why did all this happen to me?”
All things occur for a reason: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Everything-Happening-For-A-Reason
Agreed! If marriage is not to be repeated again. I have sinned. And I ask for forgiveness from Love. In my lack of foresight or understanding I stepped into the unknown.
Yes, there is a richness to marriage. But, The Word says one and done. Amazingly, there are verses from The Word that are swung like boxing gloves. They wound/bruise but do not knock out.
Who are you truly? It all comes out! “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible–and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” Ephesians 5:13
After desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. James 1:15 (NIV)
James is using a picture here—desire conceives. The point about conception is that it is a hidden thing. Nobody knows when it actually happens, and it only becomes evident later on.
When the impulse to sin remains hidden, undetected, and unchallenged, sin will grow. James speaks about “sin, when it is full-grown” (1:15).
Sin grows, and once it takes root, it will gain strength in your life. Like a weed that has become established, it will become harder and harder to pull out.
When it is full-grown, sin “gives birth to death” (1:15). So, there are three steps to destruction: Sin hidden, sin growing, and sin bringing death. We do not want to go down this road. We want to follow the way of repentance—the hidden path to a transformed life.
We find that path when, instead of our sinful desires being hidden, they are revealed. How does God reveal the hidden sins of our hearts? God does his revealing work through his Word: “The unfolding of your words gives light” (Psa. 119:130).
That’s what happened to David. He was a believer, but he had been successful in hiding his sin, even from himself. God sent the prophet, Nathan, who told him a story about a rich man with many sheep who stole the only lamb a poor man owned.
David didn’t even recognize that the story was about him. He burned with anger, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die” (2 Sam. 12:5). Then Nathan said, “You are the man,” and God’s Word, through the prophet, showed David what was hidden in his heart.
When was the last time God revealed a sin in your life through His Word?
I simply have spent a period in The Word and stand having Revelations about my acts. Again, I stand condemned by The Word that was, is and shall be for eternity.
To make a small example with fact. We live on a HUGE planet. We believe God made it ALL! In the omniverse; we are but the smallest speck on the canvas of the seen in existence.
The Omniverse exists in the surrounding emptiness known as The Outside, a void of virtual nothingness. Whatever may lie outside of these concepts is simply referred to as Beyond, one of the many iterations contained by Transcendentem.
This takes us into the concept of the great beyond. We can and will discuss this. But our current focus is along other lines.
We can see that we are much less than grains of sand on the beach. We are lions in a Universe. Complex, I am aware. We though were speaking of The Law in regard to marriage, desire to be…
We are made to understand so very much. I very humbly cast a crumb which is what I currently have to the wind that another may have what I had and found favor and blessings from having held.