Verse of the Day

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him."

~Philippians 2:13

Today's Devotional Thought

July 23, 2012 by Wendy Foreman


Give Me the Desire Lord

"I don't want to."

"I can't do that."

If you are a parent how many times have you heard your child say that? It seems like a daily statement in my house, especially when it comes to the dishes. Is it that they really can't or is it that they really just don't want to?

We do the same thing to God.

He asks us to reach out to someone or change jobs, maybe even go on a missions trip. We all of a sudden have this long conversation with God about why we can't go or make that change or really why we don't want to.


We, the created, are going to tell the creator what we are and aren't going to do? I laugh even as I type that because the fact is, we do it every day.

But my question to you is what do we do when, in our flesh, we don't want to do what God is asking us to do?

How do we follow Him in obedience when we just don't want to?

Sounds like a battle of spirit and flesh. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. We all know what that means. We really want to do God's will, to go where He wants us to and to reach out to who he wants, but our flesh gets so selfish and it seems like too much to reach out beyond ourselves.

We are told in today's scripture that God is working in us through the Holy Spirit empowering us, giving us the desire to do what pleases Him.

I believe and know that many of us walk through our lives wanting so badly to follow Christ in obedience, but we struggle. What we need is the mind of Christ; we need to think as He does.

So how do we do that?

It happens by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the influence of other Christians around us, obedience to God's Word, and by sacrificial service. When we step out in obedience to do God's will our desire will become to continually follow Him in obedience. God has a way of changing the desires of our heart to His. That happens when we earnestly seek Him and ask Him to take control in our lives.

If you are struggling today with doing what you feel and know God has called you to do then I urge you to fall to your knees and seek His face and ask Him to take over control and to fill you with the desire and strength to do what He has called you to do.

Memorize this verse today:

"For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him."
~Philippians 2:13

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