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June 07, 2011

Can I desire SIN and GOD at the same time?

” The desires for God and desires for sin cannot co-exists in the human heart. They are two opposing affections – one will always push out the other. The only way to dispossess the heart of an old affection, is by the expulsive power of a new one.” – Thomas Chalmers

Galatians 5:16-17 (New International Version)

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[a] you want.

You can’t just “stop it” because the “it” is always more than behavior. It is always rooted in your affections, in what you love – what you worship. We worshiped our way into this mess, and by God’s grace, we’ll worship our way out.