Changed Desires

Desires can be intense. The Bible calls these kinds of desires: lusts. Before one knows Jesus as Savior and Lord, most of these intense desires (lusts) are for sinful pleasures. Sinful pleasures are found in things that the Bible speaks against. Included, but not limited to, are habits, activities, entertainment, vices, music, ego satisfaction, etc. that are sinful. When someone who has turned from these things points out their sinful character, the response is usually that this is harmless fun. The suggestion that people stop them meets with refusal and scorn; they don’t want to give up their “fun.” Their desire is for these things and they consider that those who turn from these things are weird. What they fail to understand is that children of God have new desires that come from their new nature. The pig wants to wallow in garbage because that is what its heart desires; other animals have a nature that desires to keep clean and they work at it. Christians desire and enjoy wholesome things and derive much pleasure from escaping their former corruption. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17). As one gospel song says, there is a great change when one has been born again. Herbert Buffum in his hymn, “He Abides,” musically describes the outworking of this miraculous new nature: “There’s no thirsting for the things of the world—they’ve taken wings;  long ago I gave them up, and instantly all my night was turned to day, all my burdens rolled away; now the Comforter abides with me. He abides, He abides; hallelujah, He abides with me! I’m rejoicing night and day as I walk the narrow way, for the Comforter abides with me.” Selah! To have such a complete change of heart, for many, instantly, and for others more gradually, can only be the result of a supernatural, miraculous work of God!    Ron

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