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Delighting Desires

For a man to have his will, and whatsoever he desires, what a happiness is that! If his soul be set upon holy things, he shall have what he desires, the Lord will not be wanting: Prov. 10:24, ‘The fear of the wicked, it shall come come upon him; but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.’ The desires of the righteous are suitable to the constitution and frame of their heart. He will grant the desires of their souls, Ps. 10:17. A man that makes God his heart’s delight shall have his heart’s desire: Ps. 37:4, ‘Delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desire of thy heart;’ his business is to maintain communion with God, and his desires will not miscarry.

—Thomas Manton
Works, 6:431.

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Direct Your Desires

We are all, of course, creatures of desire; God made us so, and philosophies like Stoicism and religions like Buddhism which aim at the extinction of desire are really inhuman in their thrust.

But desire that is sinfully disordered needs redirecting, so that we stop coveting others’ goods and long instead for their good, and God’s glory with and through it. … knowledge of my Savior’s love diverts me from the barren ways of covetous self-service, to put God first, others second, and self-gratification last in my concerns.

—J. I. Packer
Growing in Christ (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1994), 277–278.

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Would You Have Godly Desires?

Do as they do that would keep in the fire, cherish the sparks and blow them up to a flame. There is no man that lives under the means of grace, and under the discoveries of God, but hath his good moods and very lively motions. Take hold of this advantage, ‘Strengthen the things that remain and are ready to die’ (Rev 3:2), and blow up these sparks into a flame. God hath left us enkindling means—prayer, meditation, and the word. Observe where the bellows blow hardest, and ply that course.

The more supernatural things are, there needs more diligence to preserve them. A strange plant needs more care than a native of the soil. Worldly desires, like a nettle, breed of their own accord, but spiritual desires need a great deal of cultivating.

—Thomas Manton
The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, 6:432.

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Worldly Desires Breed Like Weeds

A strange plant needs more care than a native of the soil. Worldly desires, like a weed, breed of their own accord, but spiritual desires need a great deal of cultivating.

—Thomas Manton
Adapted from The Complete Works of Thomas Manton, 6:432.

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