Matthew 12:44 “Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order”
God can be very faithful to create in us a pure heart and remove the desires to sin through the washing of his Spirit. But what do we do when those desires are gone? What do we replace it with?
I have seen that often, when God has removed those desires to sin, our heart has been swept clean and put in order…but it still remains unoccupied. The problem is that we can wash away all of our wrong desires and intentions never to replace them with something good.
Have you ever noticed that when this happens, you start to miss and desire the desires you had? How crazy is that…desiring desire! You start to want to feel the way you did before because it was the only way you knew, you start to become curious as to where those desires went, looking for them as if they were hidden in a corner of your heart.
Previously you may had been praying and asking for God to remove the temptation that beckoned your desires. Now that those desires have disappeared but not replaced with anything, you start to search for temptation. You become curious as to whether anything might come up and rouse your desires once more.
We need to learn to replace all of our wrong desires and intentions with good, not just leaving our hearts empty. It means we start to develop new desires which take the place of the old ones. Desires to be filled with God’s presence. Desires to hear him speak. Desires to learn from his word. Don’t sweep your heart, put it in order but then not occupy it with anything, because those desires will just come back.