Question

As a new Christian I feel differently now. Things have changed for me. I’m thinking differently. I have new desires. Is this part of knowing Christ? Will I lose this feeling? You can publish this question if you desire.

Answer

Thanks for your email. Congratulations on becoming a Christian. Your words are definitely a blessing to read. You’ve described a Spirit-filled heart and the beginning of the Spirit-filled life.

Though we aren’t perfect after we are saved, our thinking and desires change more and more as we mature in Christ. As we pray, read God’s Word, partake of the sacraments, and are active in the Christian community and missions, our lives mature. Our priorities change. New life and adventures are before us.

However, temptations will come. We won’t win every sin battle, yet we will always be victorious because it is the Spirit of Christ in us that assures the hope of glory. As King, God continues his victorious reign in us in spite of our failure. At times, we will feel defeated and overwhelmed, but the Holy Spirit holds us up throughout it all.

Over time our feelings won’t always be the same. The Christian walk is also about growing in understanding and faith and remembering that, regardless of what we feel, God is working in us. He’s refining us for his continuous work.

Thank you for being a blessing today to many, including myself, who will read your testimony of Christ.

Answer by Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr.

Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. is the Theological Editor at Third Millennium Ministries (Thirdmill).