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Christians Develop the Right Desires

We need to understand that the world that we live in is alienated from God, and it does not have our best interests in mind. Then, there is the ruler of this world, Satan, who is seeking to mold us into his way of thinking. In addition, we have our imperfect desires craving to do wrong at every corner.

Romans 12:2 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable[1] and perfect.

Paul, in verse 2, shows what real worship and devotion does not entail before he proceeds to tell what it does look like. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world. Believers are not to align themselves to the structures and forms of this world. There is a certain sense in which we are not supposed to be ‘with it’. Of course, some people interpret this passage to mean that the real test of spirituality is to show the whole world that we are out of it, in the sense of being irrelevant, insignificant, odd and peculiar. But that is not what Paul is talking about here.

We have to be very careful with this business of conformity and nonconformity. We are by nature conformists. We tend to pinpoint the drive to conformity among those passing through adolescence. But we are conformists from the time we are born until the time we die. We always feel peer pressure, the tug and struggle to be in line with contemporary tastes and standards. That’s why watching contemporary culture and its customs is a very dangerous way for a Christian to educate his or her own conscience, because something that may be part of the acceptable standard of life in a given community may be radically alien to the kingdom of God.

The other danger to recognise is that nonconformity can be as vicious a trap as conformity. There is such a thing as nonconformity for nonconformity’s sake. We all want to be different, so that in the group we will stand out. There are Christian distortions at this point. Often Christian ethics is determined simply on the basis of antithesis—if the world wears lipstick, the Christian doesn’t wear lipstick, to show that she is spiritual rather than worldly. If the world goes to movies, Christians don’t go to movies, to show that they are more spiritual, more pious. That’s nonsense, that’s the kind of attitude the Pharisees had, which distorted the truth. Christ calls us to a special kind of nonconformity: a refusal to conform to the sinful patterns of the world, to patterns of disobedience.

But notice that the call is not simply a negative prohibition but also a positive affirmation. Look at the text again: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. To be transformed means to go above and beyond the forms and structures of this world. Christians are called to be light to the world, to be the salt of the earth, to show a more excellent way. This is not so much a call to drop out of society and culture, as a call to excellence, dedicating our lives to the glory of God. The means by which we are to be transformed is through the renewing of our minds. We have to relearn things from a new perspective. We need new values. We need to train our minds so that we begin to think God’s thoughts after him.

Why is it so important to have a new mind? Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (verse 2). The question burning in the heart of every Christian is, What is the will of God? If you want to get a theological discussion going in a real hurry with people, all you have to do is ask—what is the will of God for my life?

Do you want to know what the will of God is? You have to study the Word of God. You have to think like God. You have to have a new mind. And if you want a new mind you have to study the Word of God more rigorously than you have ever studied anything in your life. There is no magical way to know the will of God, apart from knowing the Word of God.

Why do you need a new mind? So that you can know the will of God. This is why truth is so vital, why theology is so important. Theology is not speculating about the philosophical aspects of the character of God. It is studying who he is, what his character is, what he loves, what he hates. If God reveals that something is good, then we know it is good. When God reveals that something is bad, then the debate is over. We are not to wrestle within ourselves whether it is right or wrong. If God says it, then we know what the standard is of righteousness. If you want to live a godly life, then it is indispensable to your spiritual growth that you dig into the Scriptures deeply, to understand what God is revealing. This is part of the sacrifice of the Christian life. There is a sacrifice of your body and there is a sacrifice of your mind. It is not a sacrifice of the mind in the sense that you vacate your intellect, but in the sense of giving your mind as a present to God, to be instructed by him, so that your thinking will honour him.[2]

We do have a battle waging within us, i.e., the desires of our heart. There is the moral nature that God gave to both Adam and Eve, which remain in us to a degree. However, at odds with our moral nature is the ‘law of sin,’ which wars against our desire to do the right thing. The apostle Paul wrote, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.” (Rom 6:12) He also wrote in the same letter, “For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.” (Rom. 7:22-23) Therefore, our moral nature will lead us to life while the law of sin will lead us into death. Whichever we choose to develop, this will be the dominant force in our lives. While we are imperfect, and we do live in Satan’s world, we can separate ourselves from its influences. Peter wrote, “For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles want to do, living in sensuality, passions, drunkenness, orgies, drinking parties, and lawless idolatry.” (1 Pet. 4:3) Therefore, we must have our mind and heart grounded within God’s Word.

Based on all that is against us imperfect humans, who live in a world run by Satan, which caters to the law of sin that dwells within us, we should see the need to not conform to this world, but to transform ourselves by the renewal of our mind, so that we think God’s thoughts not man’s thoughts. If we have a biblical mindset, we can transform our thinking into the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16), to have the very knowledge of God (Pro. 2:5), leading us in the way we should go. (Isa. 30:21) Of course, this means that we must develop within us the moral standard laid out in Scripture, resulting in a completely new way of life.

If we are truly to walk with God as one of his Christian disciples, we cannot entertain wrong desires. Rather, they must be replaced with new desires. We cannot rationalize, justify or minimize the right desires, so that we make room for the world and the desire of the eyes in our lives. (1 John 2:15-17) Jesus said, “For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38) Yes, our desire is to do the will of the Father.

Matthew 7:21-23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.’

Who will enter the kingdom? Yes, the one doing the will of the Father.

1 John 2:15-17 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and its lusts; but the one who does the will of God remains forever.

 Whose will should we be doing, if we expect to ‘remain forever’? Yes, we must be doing the Father’s will. Whose will does Jesus follow? That is right, the will of the Father. Yes, true enough the will for both are one and the same. Clearly, if we are going to receive eternal life, we must not supplant the Father with the Son, as Jesus would never have accepted such.

John 5:19 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

19 So Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things that One does, these things the Son does likewise.

John 5:30 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

 30I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.

 Have we forgotten about the Father? How are we to do the will of the Father, if we have shoved him in a box, and only study about the Son? The above mentioned website said that their sole purpose was to help readers find “eternal life,” through “the knowledge of the truth.” How are they to do that when their site is inundated (overwhelmed) with knowledge of Jesus, but no knowledge of the Father? How can we follow Jesus’ strict counsel to “do the will of the Father,” if we do not know the will of the Father? What did Jesus say would happen to those not doing the will of the Father? “I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” Does that sound like eternal life? How can we do the will of the Father, if we do not know that will? If we want to do the will of the Father, we have to study the Scriptures, meditating on them, until our desire to serve God grows.

Psalm 40:8 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)

I delight to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart.”

[1] Or well-pleasing

[2] R. C. Sproul, The Gospel of God: An Exposition of Romans (Great Britain: Christian Focus Publications, 1994), 196–198.

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Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …

UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithUNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …

The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithThe SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …

WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithWHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …

Miracles? - Do They Still Happen Today?: God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith HealingMIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing 

Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …

HOMOSEXUALITY - The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian FaithHOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith

Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …

Christian Fiction

THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm's LengthTHE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length

…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …

THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed WrathTHE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath

Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …

SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!

There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to  …

The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER 

When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …

WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist 

“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.

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