Desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen – New Oxford American Dictionary
I’ve mentioned how desires of the flesh can send you down the wrong path, how they can form into full blown lifestyles, and how these desires can ultimately destroy you.
But what about good desires? Are desires always bad? My goodness, no! A desire to do good is the only thing that will change you and allow you to grow in Christ. We must have a desire for Christ. We must have a desire to change for Him.
In fact, the transformation toward being more like Christ can only begin with a desire. The only way we can ever change our ways is to actually desire change within ourselves. Change from the evil that plagues us day to day. Change from our wicked thoughts. Change from our selfish desires.
Daily, we are going to experience:
Good desires vs. bad desires.
Desires of the Spirit vs. desires of the flesh.
The key is to giving in to the right desires.
Inside every single one of us, there is a desire to do bad, but there is also a desire to do good. All of us are born into sin, thus we all have the natural inclination to desire things of the flesh. As a baby cries for milk, our flesh cries for food. The flesh is fed by worldliness, sin, carnality. We feed our fleshly desires by choosing things that are directly opposed to God, by choosing things that are in accordance with the world.
But we are also made in the likeness of Christ.
Genesis 1:26a – Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.”
Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in His own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.
Therefore there is a giant part of us that craves, that desires to do what is right! God has revealed himself to us through His divine creation and through His word. Our Spirit inside of us longs for Christ and His desires. It too desires to be fed. Reading God’s Word, spending time with Him in prayer, and fellowshipping with fellow believers are good ways to feed the Spirit within us.
The question stands then: which desire are you going to feed? The desire of your flesh, or the desire of Christ?
It is each and every individuals own decision. No one can force anyone to choose, for it will not result in true desire. Look closely at the definition of desire: a strong feeling of wanting to have something. The definition doesn’t read, “A strong feeling forced upon us by someone else.” No, your desires are born within. It lies with you to decide which to feed.
So desires of the flesh, or desires of the Spirt?
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. – Galatians 5:16
The two cannot live in harmony, for they are morally opposed to one another.
Whichever one you choose to feed will affect your life. It affects your heart’s desires, your thoughts, your speech, your actions. Whatever you feed is what is going to grow within you. Which desire are you going to go with? It’s your choice, and your choice alone.
Flesh or Spirit?
The world or Christ?
Yourself or others?
Ungodliness or Godliness?
Impurity or Purity?
Jealousy or Contentment?
It’s feeding time…
1 John 2:16-17
For all that is in the world – the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions – is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.