Tag Archives: desires

Be Anxious

The Bible tells us not to be anxious (Matthew 6:25, Luke 12:25, Philippians 4:6), but there is a moment when the Bible tells us to be anxious. In 1 Peter 4, we are told to be anxious—to “be anxious to do the will of God.”

Peter warns us not to be spending our lives chasing our own desires. Remember that the desires of the flesh are contrary to the Spirit. We read, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh for the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want” (Galatians 5:16-17 NIV). Instead of “chasing your own desires,” you are to “clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14 NIV).

Do you anxiously pursue the will of God? Do you chase after the will of God? Or do you usually find yourself chasing after your own desires? Today, seek the will of God. Clothe yourself with the Lord Jesus Christ.

“You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.” – 1 Peter 4:2 [NLT]

Case Before the Lord

As I was reading about the daughters of Zelophehad the other day, a verse spoke volumes to me. It is a simple verse, one that does not need you to crack open a commentary or understand a great deal of the Bible to comprehend. Numbers 27:5 says, “Moses brought their case before the LORD.”

You see these daughters of Zelophehad approached Moses for an inheritance from their father. This man had no sons and he died, so they approach Moses and what does he do first? He approaches the Lord. This got me thinking about the different situations that I am faced with on a daily basis. Do I take them to the Lord or try to handle them on my own? Do I give them to God or ask friends or family for help?

Every day we have this great opportunity to bring before the Lord anything on our heart. He wants us to do this—to share with Him all that we consider important and all that we care about – our hopes, our dreams, our desires, our problems, our fears. He wants us to pour it all out to Him. And when we bring what is on our heart and lay it down at His feet, He wants us to let it go and to trust Him, and to listen to the still small voice. It is a voice of comfort, a voice of wisdom, a voice that speaks life, a voice that placed the stars in the sky; it is a voice that wants to speak to you. It is the greatest voice—and it’s worth a listen.

“Moses brought their case before the LORD.” – Numbers 27:5 [ESV]