DAY 11: No Respecter of Persons

Remember those tests in science class in high school where you’d have to lick these little pieces of paper that would either taste like nothing or taste like death?

Well, I’m proud to say that the Bible is like that too – super black and white, cut and dry, and serves as a really awesome litmus test for literally everything.

How? The Bible is like a double edged sword, piercing unto the soul and spirit. Why double edged? It speaks to us once as we read it, and once as we speak it and activate it. (Hebrews 4:12)

3 John 2 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

Cool. So God likes your body healthy, your life prosperous, and your soul working well. What’s your soul? Your mind, will, and emotions. God cares about mental health, too? Yep!

John 10:10

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Satan = Steals, kills, destroys.

God = The opposite.

Anything stealing, killing, or destroying CAN’T be from God. Or He’d have to change His nature.

He doesn’t mix with satan, or sin. (Psalm 5:4) Why would God inhabit the traits of satan? He wouldn’t.

Is there sickness, death, or destruction in heaven? No. So how could He give it to us?

Answer: He can’t. Yay! Now we know who to point the finger at when bad stuff happens. And it helps us keep the 100% pure relationship with God, because we don’t have to worry that He’s going to “smite us” or “give us cancer to teach us something.”

If He’s a Good Father, why would He do that? Would your Father? Would you, if you’re a Dad?

No, no you wouldn’t.

So let’s put blame where it’s due – your literal enemy, satan. Hmm, makes sense. The enemy of your soul.

God – wants your soul happy.

Psalm 37:4 

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

The old testament was written in Hebrew, so to further explain this scripture’s meaning, I love looking at the specific Hebrew words that make up biblical passages. Three really stuck out to me here.

Delight → 

  • to be of dainty habit, be pampered
  • to be happy about, take exquisite delight
  • to make merry over, make sport of

Desire → 

  • Request, desire, petition, prosperity, The spoils drawn out after battle.

For this last one, I was drawn especially to the Hebraic lettering of the word “heart, which looks like a shepherd staff, kind of like a check mark.

Heart → (Hebrew Word) → lêb

  • The pictograph in Hebrew is a picture of the shepherd staff representing authority, the bis a picture of a tent representing what is inside. Combined these mean “authority inside”. The consciousness of man is seen as coming from deep inside the chest, the heart. Thirst as an Inside desire for water. (eng: life; love; liver – the seat of passion; lava)
  • inner man, mind, will, heart, understanding, soul, conscience, inclination, seat of courage, emotions and passions, appetites, heart (of moral character),
  • also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect; likewise for the center of anything: 

And what’s at the center of everything if you’re saved? JESUS!

So trust that He will convict your heart if it’s wrong. Don’t let circumstances determine whether a desire is supposed to come to pass. Listen to the Voice of God and His Word!!!

Finally, we have Romans 2:11 

“For there is no respect of persons with God.”

What He did for one person, He’ll do for all, or else He’d be a liar. Which we know, His Word is His Word, and He never changes. (John 7:38, Psalm 33:11, and Malachi 3:6)

So take a deep breath, and enjoy the desires He has laid out for you! He wants them even more than you do!