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    What Does God Want from Me?

    Have you ever wondered what God wants from you?

    I’ve asked God more times than I can count, “What do you want from me, Lord?”

    Recently I came across this 2013 interview of singer-songwriter Misty Edwards on 700 Club Interactive where she talks about asking God the same question shortly before she found herself dealing with cancer at 19 years old. To watch the video interview, click here.

    “I will never find what I’m looking for until I figure out what He’s looking for. He’s the Creator. I just had the guts to look at God and go, ‘What do You want?’ And He says it in Deuteronomy and He also says it in Matthew.” —Misty Edwards

    Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and his statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? —Deuteronomy 10:12-13

    But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” —Matthew 22:34-40

    I always try to make the answer complicated, but God made it clear and simple:

    Make God your priority. Make Him the one and only object of your affection. Build that relationship up so that you find yourself not just constantly leaning on Him, but constantly learning about Him and falling in love with Him. Obey His commands so that you’re constantly living your life in a way that pleases Him. Make His approval your only desire.

    The love you have for any other person in your life will overflow directly out of that intimate love relationship with God.

    Everyone hits a point in their relationship with God when life is out of control and literally the only things you can do are pray and read the Word. There are moments when that’s all you can do and it won’t feel like enough. We have to remember what God actually asks of us instead of trying to guess what He wants from us.

    For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. —Deuteronomy 4:24

    Girls, during the hardest times, do you remind yourself that all God asks for is your devotion and your affection? What did you think of Misty’s story?

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    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

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