Divine desires — and how to get them

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you divine desires.I started thinking today about divine desires.

Do my desires truly please God? Are they from Him? Or are they too much about me?

In  My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says:

True surrender is a matter of being “united together (with Jesus) in the likeness of his death” (Romans 6:5) until nothing ever appeals to you that did not appeal to Him.

Wow. To be so united with Christ that we are completely dead to our own desires and totally alive to His. That is my true heart’s desire. And yet, I got to thinking about what my desires look like when my focus is not on being united with Christ:

  • Personal happiness
  • Relational fulfillment (a great marriage, great family relationships and fulfilling friendships)
  • Financial security
  • Success and prosperity
  • Peace and contentment
  • To be well liked and admired

And yet, how many of those desires were also the desires of Jesus when He walked this earth?

According to Scripture, Jesus desired:

In that list of Jesus’ desires, there wasn’t much room for Him. There was NO room for His personal agenda. He was completely one with God, His Father. So God’s desires became His.

In Psalm 37:4 we are told:

Delight yourself in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

I truly believe that means when we delight ourselves in Him, He places in us His desires and we become His delight — just as Jesus became His Father’s delight.

Lord, I want to be so united with You that I am completely dead to myself and my desires and totally alive to You and Your desires. Help me to delight myself in You so that You place Your desires into my heart. May nothing ever again appeal to me that did not appeal to You.

Can you make this your prayer today, too?

(For more on this concept of making God Your sole desire, see my book, Women on the Edge.)

About me

Cindi McMenamin is an award-winning author and national speaker who helps women find strength for the soul. She has nearly 30 years experience ministering to women and inspiring them to let God meet their emotional needs, grow stronger through their alone times, and pursue their dreams with boldness.


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Reply October 21, 2015

Okay, so this is powerful and thought provoking...I did pray your prayer, but feel I am way off here. Oh my...there is work to do...

    Reply October 22, 2015

    Thank you for your honesty, Chery. I think we ALL have desires that run contrary to God's desires but just knowing we have some "work" to do keeps us seeking Him and His ways. Jeremiah 29:13 says "And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart." I think the same applies when it comes to seeking His desires over our own. :)

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