From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?What do we want?
Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Are we seeking the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life?
1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.Are we trying to get what we want, what our mortal flesh desires, by ourselves? Should we be seeking after those lusts and desires?
When we do ask for God's help, we do not receive it because we are asking for the wrong reasons, or the wrong things. God is not our personal genie, someone to provide our fleshly desires.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.I will ask again, what do we want? What do we desire?
Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.Romans 8:13
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.We should be mortifying the lusts of the flesh, resisting the devil, drawing nigh to God, submitting and humbling ourselves.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.We must crush these worldly desires, recognize the afflictions of the flesh, be repentant, sorrowful, mournful of our sinful nature, humble ourselves to God, knowing that through Him and Him alone we have Salvation and relief, that without God we are nothing, and can do nothing.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.We should want to praise and glorify God. Everything we do and think should be God centered.
O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.Psalm 118:28
Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.Psalm 34:3
O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.Psalm 69:30
I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.Psalm 86:12
I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.Everything we do, everything we say, everything we are, should be glorifying God!
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.We should want to honor and obey God, bring glory to God, and with that our needs will be met.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.Matthew 6:31-33
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?Philippians 4:19
(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.So, it is not what we want, it is what we need!
We live for God, bring glory to God, praise God, honor and obey God, witness for God, be God's ambassadors to reconcile the world to Him.
God will provide all of our needs! Our cup will be overflowing!