A burning desire is the starting point of any accomplishment. It may sound unreasonable but most people do not have a strong desire for anything. Those who know what they want and go after it usually get what they want.
Human nature is to want. However, if our “want to” is not bigger than our circumstances then we’ll live a limited life. How big is your want to? Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great results. Throughout history, those who had a strong desire changed the world. You too can change your world with a burning desire to get anything you want.
Once, a young man asked Socrates the secret to success. Socrates told the young man to meet him near the river the next morning. They met. Socrates asked the young man to walk with him toward the river. When the water got up to their necks, Socrates took the young man by surprise and dunked him under the water. They boy struggled to get out but Socrates was stronger and held him down. When the boy started to drown, Socrates raised the boy’s head out of the water. The first thing the young man did was to gasp for air. Socrates asked, “What did you want the most when you were under water?” The boy replied, “Air.” Socrates said, “That is the secret to success. When you want something as intensely as you wanted air underwater then you will have it.” This illustration may seem too drastic but friends, there’s no shortcut to success. An acorn has to decide if it wants to become a giant oak tree over a period of struggle and persistence to survive or lunch for the squirrel.
Napoleon Hill said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe the mind can achieve.” Many Christians do not know what the Bible has promised them because they don’t make time to read “the will.” When we take time to study God’s Word, we can learn what God has promised us and appropriate it for the good of others. When you have a burning desire for something you will do anything to get it.
In Mark chapter 2:1-12, Jesus is confronted with a paralytic. When his four friends couldn’t get to Jesus through the crowd in and outside the house where He was teaching, they climbed on top of the building. What they did next was unthinkable! It wasn’t even their house but they tore open the roof and lowered the paralytic down right in front of Jesus. I’m not sure if it was the burning desire of the sick person or the desperation of his friends, who didn’t want to have to carry him around any longer, that healed this man. However, one thing is for sure, they displayed their faith in God and they had a burning desire to see this paralytic healed. When Jesus saw their faith, He healed the paralytic and forgave his sins. That is a shining example of a burning desire. These friends wouldn’t take no for an answer. A burning desire will compel you to take action. What is your burning desire? Do you have a promise from the Bible to go after it? Today is the day, now is the time.
The scripture says, “For He satisfies the longing soul. And the hungry soul He filleth with good” (Psalm 107:9 ASV). What that means is you have an open invitation from your heavenly father. If you desire the salvation of your loved one, you have it. If you need healing -- it’s yours. If you are struggling for resources -- He is your Provider. If you’re having sleepless nights, God has promised sound sleep. If you’re fighting a legal battle, the victory is yours. Job, promotion, increase, and influence can all be yours if you want it badly enough. How big is your want to? Are you ready to breakout and prosper? Don’t just do it for yourself, do it for your family. Do it for your community and your country. Together, let’s change our world for Jesus!
Whatever you desire, make sure you’re helping others. When your desire lines up with God’s, you can achieve anything. I proclaim and declare that you’ll fulfill every obligation. You will live in divine health. You’ll have meaningful relationships. Your business will thrive again and your family will not be ashamed. Good days are ahead of us. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. I love you and I’m praying for you!
“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4 ESV).
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