“…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Philippians 2:13 NKJV
God always speaks but sometimes we do not recognize that He is. This could be as a result of preconceived notions.
The truth is that God is very much interested in keeping us away from the wrong things and places.
A reading of Job 33:14-18, amongst other biblical texts, will convince anyone of this assertion.
Apart from the leading of the inner witness, God can lead us through other seemingly unconventional means.
An example of this is how He leads us with our desires. If the testimony of Christianity is that of changed desires, why won’t God choose to lead us through desires?
This kind of leading does not birth a desire for divine leading which only perpetuates anxiety. Such a desire is a contradiction to the word of God (Philippians 4:6), therefore, it cannot be God-given and should not be followed.
With regards to desires, our anchor text is quite instructive on this. I consider this text a training on discernment. It says “God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 NKJV)
This means that as believers full of the Spirit, we can no longer ignore our passions.
God through Ezekiel prophesied thus about the man in Christ: I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:27 NKJV)
In light of this, we can no longer ignore God’s stirrings, provocations or nudgings in us. A recurrent desire to do something or go somewhere might just be God’s leading.
Also, these leadings via desires work in such a way that, as you ponder about your passions and desires in prayer, they will grow hotter. You will find that you cannot rest until you’ve put them to work.
This is seen in the story of Nehemiah and the rebuilding of Jerusalem. When he heard the report of his homeland, he “wept and mourned for many days.” Then he fasted and prayed (Nehemiah 1).
So great was his passion for his homeland that his master, the King, could not help but notice his sad countenance. All these events eventually led to the rebuilding of his homeland (Nehemiah 2). And it all started with a burning desire.
This story teaches us to never discountenance the power of a desire. Dear believer, pay attention to your desires, God may be speaking to you through them.
Activity: Listen to the sermon “Desires, Coincidences and Giftings” preached by Pastor Emmanuel Iren. It is instructive on this subject.