Sadly, even those highly involved in the Church think prayer and works for God is “work” not fun. instead of spending our time seeking how we can know, serve and Love Him. But Jesus said the first and greatest commandment is that we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:29-30). 3. But even with our desire for God being so great, we relent our will (the desire to die) for God’s…so if He desires us to live long on earth, Thy will be done. with love…when you are done with this article click here as I have explained how we can work towards loving God in others in every thought, word and deed.) Like the Lord said, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me” (Mathew 10:37). God desires for us to desire Him, and He works in us “to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. Anything else is loving our will (sin) over God’s and rejects God’s saving forgiving mercy from idolizing ourselves. We can love others, but not above God. Oh, how much harder it is to let go of loving them over God and desiring their affection instead of God’s when our family dotes over us! We tragically have made them our gods. Do we have self-pity when our family and friends don’t “love us” the way we think they should? When I enter into a time of silence with God and allow my mind to be drawn to who he is, my desire for God grows. Therefore, hating our will is how we obtain Eternal Life and perfection. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods [grace from You alone is all I need]; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. On my bed I remember you; I think of you [nothing of the world] through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings [that protect me from sin]. I cling to you [no worldly pleasure]; your right hand upholds me [will save me]” (Psalm 63). Did I keep myself innocent for no reason? Amazing!Â. “Lord,” I began, “there is truly nothing on this earth that compares to you. or do we go to God. Nothing matter except that I be set free from all that displeases my Savior and of all attachments that keep me from loving Him. But God is so generous. However, there are those who have left the world behind completely to love God and pursue living for Him perfectly by entering into a strict religious life. We love the feeling they give us, and we crave it…not God. Why Does God Allow Suffering and Punishment? But, we are supposed learn how to let go of our attachments and only use the world to help us come to love God perfectly, not have the world keep us from loving God. Never, seeking to go out with friends, or wanting to eat a great meal or longing to watch a great show…or desiring anything that we used to think make life so great…anything at all we sought to gratify our will for pleasure, but only seeking to love God and live for His will alone….Yes, when we desire God alone, we thirst for nothing but be perfectly satisfied with God….not to get love from God, but to GIVE love to God by way of the cross. The things we desire will be what He has softened our heart to. Please read “What Are Mortal Sins” (link at bottom of this article). “Man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh [growing in holiness together]” (Matthew 10:37-38). Few people have the discipline and faith to escape all at once all the affections of others and pleasures of this world that are keeping us from knowing, serving and loving God without falling into despair or quickly returning to the world once temptation occurs. “God, I want to want you more than anything else,” I cried out from the depths of my pain. We have to be honest with our selves. Constantly humbled and amazed at his goodness, I knew that I was delighting in nothing more than my Savior himself. We can’t. Well, of course, we will still have wants, because that is what every choice is: doing what we want (our will). Can Some of My Sins be Forgiven but Still Not Receive God's Saving Mercy? Choose to live like the saints who have chosen to find the Way to Christ and chose to suffer like Jesus has done in blissful silence, trusting in God to provide all of the compassion and love we need, then we will come to desire God alone. Here are four simple ways to grow in our desire for God more. John of the Cross. What an incredible feeling to want God alone…how can words describe what it feels like to be emptied of all we desire and have replaced it with God. Craving love from anyone or anything thing other than God leads to death…not Life. NOT OURS- remember that. Do we expect people to care for us and are upset when they don’t? When the pain in our souls, as we long for God, is so great that we simply can’t stand to be without God…like we are devastatingly parched for thirst from working tirelessly in the sun…needing water (God)…then we are coming to desire God alone. But truly this is the Way of the Church and the saints. If we are setting our affections on an object or a person clearly outside of God’s will as revealed in the Bible, then we need to repent of the desire itself, even if we have not acted to obtain the object of our desire. We can’t let the devil deceive us. Sadly, that display of need for many affections is from our lack of affection from God through accepting the cross. He wants to fill us, but we just don’t let Him. No one comes to the Father except through me [Jesus]” (John 14:6). It is hard to love and truly desire nothing in return and as our responses to life’s unloving treatment of us teaches us. But the devil wants to warp our intentions and make them mostly for self-serving purposes; we need to always be checking “why” we do what we do. We don’t suffer like Christ or the saints at all. In the world I have known, the American Midwest, the word desire has been used too often in the context of lust and sex. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. It is that desire for love/happiness from others or from things and not from God that rejects God’s saving love. But, be alert, check our intentions and desires…and if we seeking to be loved we need to work on modify our desires and seek to give love receiving God’s love alone? The only way we can do this well is by accepting God's assistance through His merciful helping grace... want nothing but to love God and live His will, if we aren’t truly looking to love God, we won’t, …Therefore, if we want Eternal Life, we must seek Mercy to change so we canÂ, Yes, desiring anything that is self-serving or for self-gratification, that isn’t for the honor and glory of God isÂ, , which is in fact a deadly desire–since to be saved we can’t desire sin, but we must fully reject/hate it.Â, honestly desire God’s will over ours (hate our will), our will has to be perfectly united to Gods. He suffered in silence, offered up His suffering to send grace for the salvation of souls. How do I distinguish between my desires and God’s? I had lost my ministry, my marriage. How do we respond when our kids grow up and leave their father and mother and become one in marriage (religious life or matrimony)? However, for all sins we commit after our baptism, we are accountable for them and need to be forgiven and atone for them from God's mercy... God has a wonderful, yet different plan, for all of our lives that will lead us to a fantastic life of joy on earth and for all eternity. Which means we should desire God more than anything else. People, who pray wanting to experience God’s love, want pleasure for themselves. How to Become Attached to God, Not the World. It is possible. What would we do without our phones or friends! Therefore, it should be our greatest daily effort to work towards this goal of losing every attachment by removing one at a time. Then read Romans 5:12-21. We don’t have to enter into a religious life to be saved; we can hate the world and still live in the world. “Let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator, Redeemer and Savior, the only true God” (St. Francis of Assisi). If you’re seeking God’s will in a particular area of your life, one … Mortal sins are more complex than we might know. God is there too wagging, smiling, and waiting for us…but since we don’t know Him like we do our dogie, we can’t wait for our dog (family) instead of God, who is constantly waiting for us. Oh, we don’t desire God alone, and go to Him, we desire the pleasure and comfort of the world and as a result are greatly missing the perfect pleasure and comfort God provides. But don’t worry, in time all of the things we were doing for personal comfort, entertainment, consolation, praise, etc. What a blessing a young death is for the faithful! But we have to leave them (metaphorically for some)–remove the attachments from our lives–and live for God alone, while still living in the world. If something bad has happened, we inform others wanting their sympathy. Us wretched sinners don’t deserve anything but a life of penance. Even what seem like acts of charity towards another (as I explain)…are not to love God, but to really to love ourselves. And if we choose to do anything that isn’t to know, serve or love God, it is a sin. If we follow God's will, it will lead us straight to Heaven. So the next time we want to complain and run from our suffering think again. We say something funny looking to be liked. When He allows something we really love to leave, we are crushed. When the cross of loosing our children’s outward display of affection leaves, we should rejoice in God plan as He is working to save us. When we finally grow in God’s grace, God’s power will eventually take over and following God’s commands [His yoke–the Way to help us to Salvation] will finally become easy, and any cross [burden we have to carry] won’t be overwhelming but light. How Can I Save the Soul of Someone Dying? How cunning is that devil! The truly humble want to be nothing but to love. How Can I Console Someone Grieving and Not Lie? “For what the flesh [our nature] desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other” (Galatians 5:17). Some will love the truth, while others will simply reject it. How to Reject the Word and Live for Heaven. Eight Years of APJ, and What’s Ahead. That is a real challenge. Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands [You will do everything through me]. There have been other moments of surrender as well. That is why it is very important to visit the lonely because they need the affection from us since they don’t know how to obtain it from God yet. And, it has been filled with more joy and blessings than I could ever begin to recall. You’re in God’s will in other areas. Tragic! Why Does God Allow Temptation, Suffering and Punishment? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). How did God love? We are akin to an empty jar that wishes to be filled with the other. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. We can’t. In English, to be satisfied means to have your fill of what you desire, expect or need. But sadly most haven’t learned God’s lessons to help bring us to salvation from the loss, and continue life as if nothing ever happened and simply go to the world to fill our void when God’s love that is waiting for us. No. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing” (Romans 15:13). True sorrow is when we detest our sins so much we would rather suffer the greatest pains than offend our beloved Lord in the slightest way... God intentionally made us all differently. For my yoke is easy, and my burden [cross] light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Dena Johnson is a busy single mom of three kids who loves God passionately. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with God and joy. But, I do know that God can take you to that place. Our happiness, our desires mean nothing. The tricky part is to not giving someone too much love so they don’t wind up growing in greater love of self craving your love, but to give them just what they need to grow in wonderful holiness. If we pray and God fills us with unspeakable love, we don’t desire that bliss…we want nothing. But getting to this point takes much patience and persistence and a great desire to change. We are called to joy. We must grow in faith to desire God alone. This must end, if we seek to desire God alone. David Mathis Dec 30, 2020 2.3K Shares Ask Pastor John. However, in the beginning of our conversion it is good that we have them, because since we don’t really have God yet we actually need them to live. They don’t know God well enough and how to feel God’s incredible love through the cross alone, therefore, without the love from man, they feel all alone and unloved. Take my yoke [commands] upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. We shouldn’t find sin an acceptable part of our life’s entertainment. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires… Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act (Psalm 37:4, 7 NLT). “He [God] calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength” (CCC #1). But if we neglect doing this, we are neglecting our Christian duty, not truly loving them and as horrible as this is, we are actually helping to dam them... We love God by obeying His Word, by following His example and by carrying His cross. If we look we can clearly see our attachments. As I allowed him access to the broken pieces, I found myself hungering for more of him and his word. If we do something good, we let others know, looking for their praise. But we need to give someone the proper help they need. To remove all that we desire which isn’t good, we need to come to an awareness of just how often we crave love and things instead of God. God’s will for many is so hard to accept. However, plenty of saints have written about this perfect peace God provides, and it is meant for us too. Plus, our hearts still choose other things and don’t always go to God…we still want some of the world. How Can I be Happy when Things go Greatly Wrong? Too often we desire other things more than God. This … It did not come over night and at times has been a fight, but it came. Truly not one thought, word or action is supposed to be outside of love of God through loving our neighbor. Do we feel we love God, but then when we are board or tired, we go to our TV for happiness, our friends, social media, food, etc to bring us happiness and relaxation? Instead, it is a call to align our hearts with the heart of God, to burn with passion for the things that God longs to see on the earth and to be sensitive to the Spirit’s tug on our hearts. Not from depression and hopelessness…but from LOVE. Even though I wanted to run, there was nowhere I could hide. Desire Other Things More. Desiring God alone, means we only seek what is pleasing to God...we only seek things that are to know, serve and love God. These three things can only be accomplished when a person’s mind is stayed upon the Lord. (James 4:1) The truth that God leads us through desires is not an excuse to live a life of self-pleasure and self-fulfillment. Focus. But we want to be addicted to God…the one who deliver us perfect everlasting happiness. Each morning as I drive to work, I spend the twenty minute commute talking with God. What is God's Mercy and How Can I Obtain It? However, most of the time the devil has us saying with our words we love God above all but our actions prove we are deceiving ourselves as our hearts think about and desire to be with them…not united with God. Since our will is corrupted with the desire/inclination for sin (concupiscence), we surely can’t love God if we are offending Him with our self-love (our will). Get back to that place where you craved Him when you first got saved. To learn more please read “How to Become Attached to God and Not the World.”, “Come, I beseech You, into my soul, there to destroy all that displeases You and to establish Your heavenly kingdom. How Can I Be Happy With All of My Shortcomings? But, I was still hurting. Some have more gifts than others, but God didn't make a mistake and All is for the good of our souls... God promises us Great Peace and we can have it, no matter what goes wrong or how much we fail, if we learn how to trust in Him... Trusting in God means having no fear, complaint or worry with anything that God allows, knowing that, from His love for us, He allows all for our good. Yet, we are easily coaxed into desiring much that isn't God and loving God only some of the time, giving the rest of our heart to the world... Penance is something we do in reparation (to make right our wrong) for our sins. Just tragic. This is what is in the heart of someone who truly loves God above themselves–the heart we need to be saved. This feeling of God’s wonderful love that He does provide, many of us experience to some degree, but for most of us, sadly it isn’t even close to complete, because we still lack the faith (belief) that accepts the amazing perfect peace and love we should be receiving. Even St. Paul didn’t presume he was saved (cf. We don’t want the cross, we want our children’s love. If we desire anything but God we die. Well, because we have never truly experienced God’s fantastic love and peace He delivers in our life, or if we have we have forgotten about it and aren’t seeking it to continue in all circumstances in our life. God and His will should be all we want, but from the devil’s lure, we want the world and its pleasures instead. Truly God asks us to do nothing to benefit ourselves, but to love one another. “But what is my [Jesus’] will, except that you should want to love Me above all things and not desire anything but Me” (Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden). They came from somewhere deep inside of me, perhaps a place that I didn’t even know existed. God gives you the desires of your heart. Without humility we can't gain self-knowledge or correct knowledge of the Way. “It is necessary to mortify (deny-ourselves of pleasures/our will), to trample underfoot, so to speak, our own will and to contradict it in everything by sweetly submitting oneself to that of others, provided that what they exact of us is just (doesn’t lead us to sin).”. Truly, if we long for anything other than God and His will for us, we are seeking our will–sin, which is a deadly desire. Religious orders greatly help make saints as we can easily see since most saints were religious. Yet, we deserve nothing but suffering for the sins we have committed against God, any pleasure we have is most undeserved. 10 Marriage Goals Every Couple Should Have for 2021, This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of, Copyright © 2021, Crosswalk.com. Have we spent our life learning how to let go of the world (children, spouse, friends) or are we devastated when any of them leaves. What Does it Look Like to 'Do Justice, Love Mercy, and walk Humbly' Today? Will an Indulgence Take Away the Punishment for My Sins? I remember so clearly the conversation I had with God one afternoon, the day that I shared my deepest pain with him. I began to see the purpose in the pain I had suffered. I had no idea what the journey would entail, but I simply knew that I was willing to take a chance on him again. Therefore, to learn how to let go of such a great desire innately within us, so we can sincerely desire to love God alone takes much grace as our sinful will is very strong, as I explain. “I saw that the religious state was the best and the safest [way to salvation]” (St. Teresa of Avila). Our desire for God comes mainly because we have tasted and seen that the Lord is indeed good (Psalm 34:8). We must increase our faith. It is especially hard to banish seeking our will and not God’s. But please understand, what seem’s impossible to remove right now and horribly challenging for even let go for a moment, won’t last forever. The Words of Everlasting Life are hard to preach, but we are all called to do everything for the salvation of souls since that was Jesus' intention for all He did... Our Loving God does and allows everything to guide us to Eternal Life. We like to journey because God imprinted us with a desire to find Him. Our heart is supposed to only desire to doing things that help us to know, serve and love God–to do things that aren’t for self-love, but love of Him, but most of us live greatly deceived. God does not take away sexual desires from single people because it represents the love of God for us. They don’t have the grace to suffer like Christ and therefor can’t. I began to run from God, convinced that I could live this life on my own terms. But we have to really want to find God, because this path is incredibly harder than it is for a religious. This is what destroys our relationship with God and our spouses and others. Jesus helped those in need. The reason is Genesis 3. Once, I heard Louie Giglio say that if you don’t know where to start, start in the Psalms. If God sees fit to love us in such a way that is fine, but we long for nothing but God and His will. (1 Chronicles 28:9 NKJV) “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all … We have made the non-sense in this world our source of happiness. Longing for a husband is a good desire. But most of us don’t really seek to love God, hate our will and want nothing. And if we aren’t perfectly healthy or comfortable or satisfied, we let others know. What resources have influenced you the most in giving you a desire and tools for dwelling in the Word? If The Hammer could give our team the “want to” for basketball, surely God can fill us with a greater desire for Him. What we spend our time doing instead of truly seeking God and His perfect will for us. We want to be filled with His love, but we don’t really believe leaving the world and truly following Him will provide it, so we still clinging to the world and its pleasures instead of God. If we are still in love with the world, we simply can’t obtain the perfect love, comfort and peace God alone truly provides. We can easily see what we have made our life, by how we react when we they depart. Dec 30, 2020. But with God’s grace and our fervent desire to amend, we can. Her greatest desire is to be a channel of God’s comfort and encouragement. Somehow, I knew that he had everything under control, that he understood that my heart’s greatest desire was for a man rather than for him. This is why when we die and if our will is still that of wanting sin–if we desire to love ourselves, by our sins or attachments (idols), and not God alone–we reject Heaven from our self-love. Therefore, we should be more than happy to bear whatever cross God sees fit to deliver us. Sure, we shouldn’t allow them to abuse and disrespect us, and should guide them away from such behavior unloving, but if it does occur we should love God’s will and rejoice in our cross as we get to suffer like Christ. We just don’t have the grace to experience this. Sadly, since we have little grace, we don’t run to God but rather we seek happiness/peace through the compassion and pity of man or countless other way to ease our pain. After all, his way didn’t work out so well for me. 2:13, NASB). We see this need for the world in human development. I couldn’t even begin to imagine how he would take my heart from a place of pain, of longing to love and be loved, to a place of complete contentment in him. Believing In Christ as Lord is the Beginning of Faith, How to Trust in God and Remain in Peace When Things Go Very Wrong. If we don’t honestly seek to stop craving the pleasures of the world, we won’t ever come to really know God’s perfect satisfying love or enjoy Eternity with Him. We see this behavior over and over again…from the small things we desire/love…to the greater things we are horribly attached to when we can’t have them. And if we do things correctly God will use them to draw us closer to Him. 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