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What Does God Want?


We all have desires! We watch television and we see a commercial for the new Camaro (or some really cool car) and think “That’s just what I need!”  Or a commercial comes on showing some extra creamy ice cream and we think “That sure would be good – I’ve got to get me some!”  Everyday and often without even thinking about it, we create and re-create a list of desires – things that we want to have, do or be.  Desires do not have to be a bad thing.  In fact, they can be a good thing, if used properly and guided by the Holy Spirit.

Have you ever thought about God and what He wants? Have you ever wondered what does God – the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe desire?  I was reading in Deuteronomy 10 and came across a verse that sounded very familiar to a verse that I had read in the Gospel of Mark a week earlier.  Both of these verses tell us exactly what God wants!

Deuteronomy 10:12-13 “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments.”

Mark 12:30 “And you shall love the Lord Your God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul, and with all of your mind, and with all your strength.”

God wants to love us and be loved by us! When we love God, truly love God – with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength, then we will fear and revere Him, walk in His ways, love and serve Him with our all and keep His commands!

He deserves it! Now that we know what God wants, let’s see if we can give it to Him!   Just look at all that we’ve wanted that God has provided!  G3!  GIVE GOD GLORY!


Please Pray For Me!

For the past several months, God has been teaching me a lot about Himself and the amazing love that He has for me!  It is a very humbling thing when you begin to realize and gain understanding of this most incredible reality!  I have always known that God loves me, but in recent days it has become more than knowing.  The experience of God-loving me has become more powerful and more real than I have ever known it before.  It is absolutely awesome to be loved by Him.  I cannot even come close to coming up with adequate words to try to explain to you what I am talking about – simply amazing!

This is where I need your prayer help/support! I want to love God back!  I don’t just want to say that I love Him back.  I want to really love Him back – with the most incredible, powerful and pure love that I can come up with.  I feel so inadequate.  Pray for me – that I will totally open up my heart and life to receive all that God has for me and that I will stay open, so that His love may flow to and through my life.  It does not matter if you understand what I am talking about – just pray that I will love God back -more and better than I ever have before.

I want to love my wife and children! I love them, but they deserve so much more and I want to be the man of God that can give it to them.  Pray that I will be the loving husband that God created me to be and that I will love my wife as Jesus loved the church!  Pray that I will love my children with the “Father Love” that the Heavenly Father loves me with!

I want to love my congregation! One of the amazing things about God’s love is that even when I mess up – He still loves me.  God’s love for me is not based upon what I do or do not do!  He loves me, simply because He is love!  Pray that I will love the congregation of people who He has blessed me with the opportunity of teaching and leading with a sacrificial and restorative love!

I want to love my family and friends! God has been very good to bless me with an incredible family and some amazing friends.  I have tried to be there for them and tried to love them, but I know that I can and should do better.  Pray that God will help me to love them with a deeper, purer and more unselfish love!

I want to love strangers and enemies! I know that I honor God when I love the un-loveable, so pray that God will help me to love others as He loves me – with an unconditional and unselfish love!

Thanks for reading today and thanks for praying for me! The bottom line:  I want to be a Mark 12:30 Christian and love God with all of my heart, all of my soul and all of my mind!  I do love you and with your prayers and with God’s help – I will love God and you in an even greater way in the days ahead!