What you want! Pure and simple. A six pack (either way you look at this!), a ‘healthy’ bank account, a ‘stunning’ spouse, a meal, a good night’s sleep, a job you actually like… don’t get me started!
“Delight yourself in The LORD, and God will give you the desires of your heart.” This is a formula I can follow for life, right? 🤣
No, no, no! I am serious!
Delight in the Lord? … I didn’t understand earlier in my existence a heart truly delighted in God will desire what God desires, will Love what God Loves, and will do what God purposes.
A little complex! A tiny walk back in time…
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.
Find out three ways to know if the desires of your heart are God’s will.
Once you are convinced you are in line with God’s will and Word, follow these seven steps to receive the desires of your heart.
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.
Jerry Savelle explains it this way:
“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.