When a person becomes a Christian “old things are passed away” and “all things are become new.” We are told, “if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature” [2 Corinthians 5:17]. This includes the desires of the heart.
In the unsaved days, the mind is crowded with all kinds of sinful desires. Addictions to unhealthy and unholy practices keep surfacing despite every attempt to stop them.
Sin starts with the devil’s temptation in the mind. At that moment it is his alluring bait tempting us to bite. But once we dwell on it the devil’s temptation becomes our sin. The only way to break the vicious circle is by the power of the Gospel through Jesus Christ. Not only does the Lord forgive our sin and cleanse us from it, but He takes away the desire for it.
He breaks the power of cancelled sin:
He sets the prisoner free,
His blood can make the foulest clean,
His blood avails for me.
The removal of the old desires does not leave a vacuum in our hearts. Rather, the Lord gives us new desires that are heavenly in origin and holy in nature. Things we once loved we now detest, and holy things we once had little interest in, we now enjoy.
The Lord has not only given us new desires for holiness; He has also given us the power to put those desires into action. Christians not only should be holy, but they can also be holy. Believer, aim to live today so that the world may see in you the reality of a life changed by saving grace.