What new desires/changes has the Lord put in you?
A little bit of an "off topic" kinda deal here, but I know I'm not the only one here. Brethren, if I may ask, what new desires has the Lord put within you that you've never thought would be possible when you were lost? I'm sure there is plenty, right off the bat, for instance me, I hated with a passion the thought of doing any type of physical labor and reading. And now I sometimes say "Lord, I dont know how you did it, but you did it" while I'm working out back or reading His word lol..
So, what are some of the new things the Lord has put in your heart that you wouldn't have never thought of doing when you were lost?
"A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.." Eze. 36:26
If you had told me that I would be reading through the Bible many times a year, I would have said you are crazy. But I do, and I love it. It has come alive! The Old and New Testaments both. I read about people and places, I have never seen, and they are like family or something. It is very odd to me.
Also, the level of contentment. My desire for things of this world has almost all but dried up. I don't care for motorcycles, houses, toys, etc... In fact, I long now to be with The Lord, something I find a bit strange.
My family think I went crazy, and I guess they are correct. Crazy for The Lord and his Word.
Mitch - 1 John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
Good question brother Justin. 2 Corinthians 5:17 probably sums it up. A total change in life, realizing sins are all negative desiring to have real sanctification in this life and knowing its more than possible with Gods help. Next would be the real desire to Know God on a personal deeper level. Having a new found care for people that don't know The Lord who are living in darkness; not just hateful and prideful "i'm better attitude" but sincere care that folks need Jesus I'm just a saved sinner myself. Also the realization and thankfulness and trust of having Gods perfect written word and reading it more often than less. To sum it up Being a real Man of God in these dark times and walking with him more.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Well I started reading other books along with my Bible reading a year ago after having not read a book for seven years! I went through high school not reading any of the books we had to read and somehow passed my English classes. I also have never studied for any test or anything but now all I do is study The Book! I also hope to be a farmer one day if the Lord hasn’t caught us up yet, but as a lost person I hated being outside for any reason. I’m also a musician and I used to like every type of music that is out there but now I only like hymns and I don’t listen to classical pieces as much as I used to, but I still enjoy them.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Amen, great answers brothers.. It truly is a common sign among believers that testify that Jesus Christ really did move into our hearts upon salvation, hence "born again!"
I didn't even find Bryan's channel right away when I got saved... I didn't even know about this "changed life thing." In fact I never even knew that you get a changed life to begin with until later on. All of a sudden I started to see things in my life change slowly but surely... I've gotten SO many things wrong in this life, but I am glad I didn't get salvation wrong... I'm glad I'm not one of those "Titus 1 christians."
"And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness." [1 John 5:19]
One is to be separate from the world rather than seeking the world's approval. My moral convictions have changed, I care about the word of God and I don't like it when it's corrected, no one is smarter than God. When old, past sins do come to mind I don't justify nor blow them off I will say, Yes that was me I did that. I know my past sins are forgiven, Yet I will confess to the Lord God when new old ones come to mind (does that make sense?). I'm no Longer a drunk, a sodomite, hooked on pills, and no longer seek those who are. The company I keep, though it's never been too many, is different. Once upon a time ago I cared that I didn't have a whole lot of people around me "friends". Don't misunderstand me, it gets awfully lonesome at times but it's okay people or lack thereof no longer determine my worth and I'm okay with few to none rather than the wrong kind, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. A person's eyes are opened to so many things once the Lord saves them. I see false prophets that I had watched as a lost man and they surely do look different now! I don't want to be what I was, I don't care to go back. I am contented with what I have, what the Lord has provided. Before nothing was ever good enough and if it were that didn't last long. This walk gets tough, I get tired, but I can't go back to where I was and I WUZ a "giver upper". I am grateful. I see the mess I was, I see the wretch I am. All I can be is grateful. That is a change because I knew the way I was going was bad, wrong, but I didn't care. Though I was never stuck on myself, I wasn't horrible. Wanna bet!? So I guess my view of myself has greatly changed, it isn't all about me anymore. I was very selfish. I'd gotten to a point where my bills might have been payed, then again maybe not, and I certainly wasn't able to help anyone else. Now I'm able to and have helped others and be a blessing to them, due to the Lord God even my Father. I never thought I'd be without the booze, the hellevision. The old music that I loved as a lost man I never thought I'd hate. Once upon a time ago I'd have been dancing in my head going through these incredibly vexing stores forcing the devil's music into my ears. Places I'd have felt privileged to go as a lost man I don't even want to step into now, my spirit or God's spirit in me can't stand the thought and I can't be comfortable at all. I never thought I'd care to read the King James Bible, I had "easier to understand" versions and didn't use them for much more than a coffee table centerpiece, of course a "Bible" looked nice and proper sitting in the middle of a coffee table, sometimes a paperweight. I had lost interest in reading period, myself, but I can't not read the Scriptures or I feel it! I like the times when the Holy Ghost shows me something I hadn't seen and when my Father teaches me. I'd never had a Dad but now I have a Father. My Father is merciful but he sure will take one of his to the woodshed when necessary, I may not like it but I'm grateful that he does. There's so much!