Our Prayer List:
- Dale Welch continues to have health issues. He still has a lot of pain in his back.
- Wes Roller is recovering at home after hernia surgery.
- Pat Jones is having a problem with her heart. She is scheduled to see a specialist this week.
- Phil Baker is recovering at home after his second carotid artery surgery.
- Vickie Sims (Jeania Hood’s sister-in-law) is home but still having health issues.
- Betty Holden (Candi Stutesmun’s grandmother) continues to have health issues.
- Janice Powell (Phil & Bev Baker’s friend in Oklahoma) has been diagnosed with tumors around her brain.
Remember These Individuals In Your Prayers
Others on Prayer List:
Jorene Thomas, Jim & Irene Haden, Hazel Lawson, Chet McHaffie, Carl Galloway, Betty Stull, Barbara Hines, Dorothy Demith & Ina Bird.
Reminder – Pantry Items for Fair Haven this week are cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes.
Reminder – The Sparta Ladies’ Day is January 26, from 9:00 AM to Noon - Sherry Goins’ home.
A Lustful Disposition
It is in commercials; it is joked about on sitcoms and in movies. It is seen when someone flirts their way out of a ticket or tries to get something they want by using “persuasion.” Some call it seduction, but the Bible calls it sensuality, lewdness, or lasciviousness.
We find this word listed among Christ’s teachings on what corrupts a person from the inside. He said, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come… sensuality… All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person,” (Mark 7:21-22).
Sensuality refers to an attitude, or disposition of the soul, that struggles with the lack of remorse and/or control connected with their sexuality. From the Greek word “ἀσέλγεια (aselgeia),” it denotes a person who lacks control of their desires, making them inclined to act without shame or to take part in shameless conduct/behavior.
Sensuality’s primary ingredient is lust. Whether it is the desire for attention (sexual or non-sexual), something someone else has (materialism), acceptance, or anything else, lust is just that - selfish desire. The desire motivating someone to act in a promiscuous or sensual way, by nature, is designed to incite or encourage lust in someone else. This motivation overrides God as the treasure of one’s heart (Matthew. 6:19-24), causing them to act in a sinful, shameless manner (Jeremiah 6:15).
Sensuality corrupts the heart because it shows no remorse or shame for indiscretions/sin. The word “shame” is unpopular in our current culture. The trend is to think that we should be shameless and “Be Real.” Yet, without remorse we will never repent from our sin (2 Corinthians 7:10), we think of only ourselves (Philippians 2:1-10), and we ignore personal responsibility by making excuses (2 Corinthians 5:10).
Correcting this mindset requires a change in what we want the most. We may have to alter our desires and fine-tune our moral compasses to accomplish this task. Changing desire is not always easy, but it is a must for Christians. As we read, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable, and perfect,” (Romans 12:2).
There are three questions that can help us re-calibrate our desires, if answered honestly. (1) What is my motivation? (2) Does this behavior incite lustful feelings within myself or others? (3) Who do I care about more? Myself? Or, God?
We cannot control the thoughts of others, but we can control the actions and intentions behind our behavior by using our “powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil,” (Hebrews 5:14). Let us do our part by adopting an attitude of selflessness over shameless indulgence and self-gratification. As Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16). It is about Him, not us!