Resensitize me Lord

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. Ephesians 4:19

I read a story last week about a teenage girl that was kidnapped in Romania. However, she was found dead because it took the police 19 hours to respond to her plea for help. After she was kidnapped, the girl managed to escape to call the police. According to the news report, the police laughed at her on the phone and failed to take her plea seriously. Apparently, these officers had become desensitized to the plea of people who call the police to ask for help.

When my wife and I became parents, we made the decision not to expose our children to violence on television, or cursing, or sexually explicit materials until they are adults. The entertainment industry, social media, and the video game industry have made it very challenging for us to stick to that plan. There was a period (about 2 years) when we did not have any television in our house. Many people thought we were weird. While my kids' friends were getting video games by the age of 8 years old or so. Our kids did not get their first video game until they were in their teens.

Our prayer is that we have done enough to prevent our kids from being desensitized to every kind of impurity. We earnestly pray that our kids will not give themselves over to sensuality. When my daughter turned 16, I took her on a date and gave her the purity ring. I started having the purity talk with my son since he started high school. When he turned 17, we had the extended version of that talk because I wanted to make sure he remains sensitized to godliness.

Philippians 4:8 has become one of my favorite verses because it reminds me to pursue holiness so I can be sensitized to the Holy Spirit. Many Christians are not hearing the voice of God or seeing God at work in their lives because they have lost all sensitivity to God. Many Christians are struggling with greed, or lust of the flesh, or addiction to pornography, or addiction to alcohol or illegal drugs because they have lost all sensitivity to God.

The good news is that we can be resensitized to God and his holiness by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Bible provides basic instruction for how we can regain our sensitivity to God. In 1 Corinthians 6:18, we are instructed to "flee sexual immorality." In 1 Thessalonians 4:5, we are told: "each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor."

Regaining our spiritual sensitivity to God makes our testimony more credible and our witness more impactful. People in the world do not want Christians to live like pagans. They don't want to hear us lie or curse, or see us watch pornography, or be the victims of our greed. That is why we are told in 1 Peter 2:12 "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us."

The journey to resensitization begins with repentance. The word repentance comes from the Greek word that means to turn around from going in the wrong direction. Repentance should be followed by spiritual abstinence. In 1 Thessalonians 5:22-23, we read: " Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In his desire to remain sensitized to God, Job said, "I have made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman." Not only should Christians make a covenant with their eyes not to look at anything that would lead them astray, but they should also make a covenant with their heart not to harbor hatred and bitterness. There should also be a covenant with our finances, not to spend the money that God has given us to support and promote the greedy instead of helping the needy.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, we repent of all of our sinfulness, and pray that you will help us to be resensitized to your Holy Spirit so we can live holy and blameless in your sight.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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