Are "want's" evil?
yep. god wants us poor, penniless, and without any possessions. material things are evil. thats why the psalmist says, "the Lord is my shepherd, i shall not want"......... any desire for a "thing" comes from the realm of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. AND of course, we are supposed to seek HIS FACE not His HAND or "blessing" right? i mean, God doesnt want us to be blessed does He? that would surely corrupt us, right?
well while i would agree with some of this, the skew throws me off and the last part throws me for a loop. blessing has nothing to do with material objects, but they do come in handy from time to time. Jesus did tell us that we are blessed when we are poor but He also taught us to pray about our daily physical concerns and not to worry about tomorrow... so i would say that since it is more difficult for the rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven, i would choose poorer than richer for my spiritual self. i do believe that God wants us poor, but not in the penniless sense, and i do not think there is anything wrong with a few possessions. the correct translation of psalm 23:1 is: "A Psalm of David - The Lord is my shepherd, I will not (decrease/be lowered/be empty)." so... "WANT" is not that last word at all... sure i don't mind having what i need DAILY, for He is my shepherd, i won't be empty... but "wanting" is wonderful. i think everyone should "want" something, for it is just a desire to posses. it just depends on what you desire.