Summary: A study of the English word "Desire" will enlighten the believer as to understand his Desire for the glory of God.
SCRIPTURE READING: Proverbs 2:3-5
SERMON STRUCTURE: ETYMOLOGICAL
THEME: THE MEANING OF DESIRE
Have you ever misplaced your keys? Have you ever had your keys and then set them in a place that you cannot remember? We say in English that you have misplaced your keys. Yes, you have lost your keys, but that is because you have set your keys in the wrong place. What happens when you misplace your keys? You can get into all kinds of problems. You get stressed out, you get frustrated, and you get angry. Because you have put your keys in the wrong place, you will have problems using the keys in the right way. You can’t open doors like you would when you had access to your keys. Just like desire, if we will miss our main desire, it leads to crave our own desire which is not the will of the Lord.
Proposition: a study of the English word “Desire” will enlighten the believers to put their motivation I Christ Jesus.
I. THE ENGLISH BIBLE WORD “DESIRE” IN 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 IS THE GREEK WORD (ETHELO) MEANING “TO DETERMINE”
The verse says “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Determining our desire is very important in our Christian life. It will also determine who we are in the sight of God and unto others. In this passage the Greek word “desire” means in English word “to determine” and in the dictionary it means “decide, find out, influence or set limits to something”. We all have desire in our lives so we need to determine this whether it is in line with the will of the Lord.
DESIRES!!! We all have them. Sometimes they are good, and sometimes they are bad. Scripturally we could say that unfulfilled desires are the source of all of the evil that exists in our world today. James, the half-brother of Jesus said, "But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lusts or (desires), and enticed. Then when lust(desire) hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin, and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." That’s why we could categorize our desire in two ways; evil desire and Good desire, or Holy and Unholy desires.
a.) Good desires. What are some of these good desire?
Your desires will take on a new set of values in Christ; they will be good and godly! And the Lord will honor them!
(1. Desire a beautiful marriage.
(2. Desire a friend's salvation.
(3. Desire a place of worship for God's people.
(4. Desire our children's happiness and salvation.
(5. Desiring good and godly things!
These 5 examples are some of good desires that we need in our Christian lives. through these, we can determine a right desires in the eyes of the Lord. What about the evil desires?
b.) Evil desires. What are some of these evil desires that we know of?
The 10 commandments, nine of these for example deals with actions towards God and Men. These are; the first tells us that we should not worship false gods, -first deals with our heart, love the Lord your God
- the second that we should not worship God falsely,
- the third commands us not to use God's Name in vain,
- and the fourth that we should keep the Lord's Day.
- Number five, beginning the second Table of God's law, teaches us to honor our parents,
- the sixth that we should not murder,
- the seventh that we should not commit adultery,
- the eighth that we should not steal,
- and the ninth that we should not lie.
If we doesn’t have the desire to follow these law of the God, we are not going to obey those commandment. As you can notice, it is significant to determine our desire whether it is Evil or Good. God accepts the holy deeds of His children, he is against those person who keeps on doing ungodly tings in His presence. So in these passage, Desire here means “to determine” our desires. Following Jesus Christ determines that we are persecuted by the world because the enemy owns and corrupted this world that we are living.
II. THE ENGLISH BIBLE WORD “DESIRE” IN HEBREWS 11:16 IS THE GREEK WORD (OREGOMAI) MEANING “TO STRETCH ONESELF”
Hebrews 1:16 says “16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.”
As the preceding passages, it talk of heroes of faith. They are Abel, Enoch, Abraham, Noah, and Sarah. These people desired a better country, that’s why they stretch their lives to God for they know that their God gives them not just better but best country to live in. they let God used them as instruments as God redeem His people.