A Real Eye Opener If you don't think you need improvement in the area of favoritism, think twice, pray hard and listen to this sermon. I have been truly blessed to have been admonished, reproofed and encouraged by this message even though I didn't think I needed it!
Answering Anonymous Question pt.2 ...continued...
To the first point: Good, pleasing God should be our prime motive (cf. 2 Cor. 5:9)
Second: This is a matter for prayer and personal inventory. Becoming a Christian means we have to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Jesus. Our allegiance to Christ will cost us things. I am not saying that tattoos are something you need to drop, but think about your pattern of life. How has it changed; what have you left behind? When you say I ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ, that is a strong statement. Would you be willing to give it up if God wanted you to?
Third: this is a matter of pastoral counsel. If you do not have a pastor, that would be a problem right there. I would ask if it is justifiable to continue being inked just because you now ‚Äúonly get biblical scripture or pictures‚ÄĚ. I would question the notion of taking things we used to or still ‚Äúlove‚ÄĚ and simply thinking that we can ‚Äúbaptize them into sanctity‚ÄĚ.
Fourth: Romans 14:22-23 ‚Äď if you are in doubt about whether or not something is sin, you shouldn‚Äôt go ahead, because if you do, you are doing something that you think might be sin. And that is a sinful attitude in itself.
God bless you as you seek to please Him.
Answering Anonymous Question This will have to be in more than one part...
I do not know you or your motives. I cannot read your heart or your mind. However, I can read your words, and I do think that they tell us some important things.
First, you are concerned about pleasing God ‚Äď you entitled your comment ‚Äúsanctification‚ÄĚ
Second, you are passionate about the issue ‚Äď you say, ‚ÄúI love ink (tattoos)‚ÄĚ
Third, this is something you loved before you became a Christian ‚Äď ‚ÄúSince I've become a Christian, I only get biblical scripture or pictures‚ÄĚ
Fourth, although you have continued the practice since becoming a Christian, you are unsure about it ‚Äď but have been told I am still just feeding my "fleshly desires". Do you agree with what I've been told?
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Sanctification I love ink (tatoo's). Since I've become a Christian, I only get biblical scripture or pictures, but have been told I am still just feeding my "fleshly desires". Do you agree with what I've been told?
Great Sermon! Some great practical application of scripture. "How many times have you said enough is enough, but went right back to the poison well of the same old sin?" "It's not about performance it is about perseverance!"