If some desires weren’t sinful, why would God call them “sinful desires”? Yet some deny that their misplaced desires are sinful, saying they can’t help what is in their minds. But what does God say?
“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.” —Romans 1:24
“But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed.” —James 1:14
“Put to death, therefore, the components of your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed, which is idolatry.”
When God saves us we are not to indulge the former sinful desires of the flesh, but to put the old ways of thinking to death.
*Thieves no longer desire to steal.
*The sexually immoral desire purity.
*The covetous are content with what they have.
We are no longer controlled by our sins, but are slaves to Christ. We don’t identify as what we once were because we have been made a new creation. When old desires creep in we are told how to deal with this:
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”— 2 Corinthians 10:5
Our sinful flesh wants to find every way possible to justify our sinful desires. We say,
“Well, that’s just the way I am.”, or “That’s just how God made me.” This is wrong thinking and a dangerous approach in dealing with the sin in our hearts. 1. It wrongly assumes that you can never change, that you are doomed to failure for the rest of your life. This is to live a life of defeat and hopelessness. And it is right where Satan would love for you to be. 2. It brazenly assumes that you don’t believe Christ can do what He says. In essence you are calling God a liar when He says that we CAN live righteous, holy lives. Will we be perfect? Far from it. But we can live victoriously over the sins that once ruled over us. I have seen it personally in myself and others.
The journey of our sanctification will never end until we are called home. But we should be mortifying ( or putting to death ) our flesh daily. If you have been saved for many decades you should be able to see a marked difference in your walk with Christ from 20 years ago, and 10 years ago, and even 1 year ago.
If you find you are still desiring things that go against God’s word, PRAY!
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it .”—1 Corinthians 10:13
*Tell Him you no longer want to desire these things.
*Get out your Bible and read God’s word.
*Ask a friend to help hold you accountable when you begin to have sinful thoughts. Call them when you are feeling weak and tempted by what is in your mind.
You CAN overcome sinful desires! As He says, He will make a way of escape. But you have to WANT to escape, not to continually make excuses for allowing your mind to dwell on the sinful things you want.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!—2 Corinthians 5:17