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The Lord’s Unfailing Love Surrounds The One Who Trusts In Him

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Psalm 32

Psalm 32

Of David. A maskil.[a]

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord does not count against them
    and in whose spirit is no deceit.

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.[b]

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Therefore let all the faithful pray to you
    while you may be found;
surely the rising of the mighty waters
    will not reach them.
You are my hiding place;
    you will protect me from trouble
    and surround me with songs of deliverance.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
    which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
    or they will not come to you.
10 Many are the woes of the wicked,
    but the Lord’s unfailing love
    surrounds the one who trusts in him.

11 Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous;
    sing, all you who are upright in heart

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Is it a Sin For a Christian to Get a Tattoo?

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I have truly wondered about this question.  I, personally, am not for tattoos.  Not because I think it is a sin, but because they are permanent and it just isn’t me!  In fact, it is NOT a sin to get a tattoo, but is it wise to get one? I did find some answers that satisfied me and the point was proven quite well.  The link I found most helpful  is http://www.gotquestions.org/tattoos-sin.html.   Let’s dig in and answer these questions!

In Leviticus 19:28 it states,  “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD”.  The Israelites found themselves among pagans in another land.  God wanted them to stay separate from ‘paganism’ and He gave this command for that reason.  It is not found, to my knowledge, that tattoos are addressed as wrong or sinful or in any other way in the New or Old Testament!  For you to have solid doctrine, you must find it in at least 3 places in the Bible and in the Old and New Testament!

My good friend, ‘proverbsgirl.wordpress.com’  did bring a good point out on this subject and I feel it must be considered in finding truth to this question.  She writes, “What are the motives for the tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will the tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble? We’re called not to love the things of this world, tattoos are worldy. This is a tough one, I really thinks it’s a matter of motivation. I’d say, the BEST way to know for sure is to pray and ask God to reveal it – He’ll convict us when we seek His will and guidance.”

If we are tattooing our bodies out of vanity, to draw attention to ourselves, or to “glorify” our bodies in any way, that is the sin.  We must remember there are other things we may never question that is sin, too.

Let us look more closely from a health standpoint.  Nobody is calling me “Twiggy” today!  It is a definite sin to overeat and overindulge when you know you could harm your body!  The same goes for any sin that damages our bodies that God clearly tells us is the “temple of the Holy Spirit“.  I found out in my research, if you get a tattoo, you cannot give blood to your own mother for a year after you have been tattooed (if it is not a regulated and licensed tattoo establishment) because this is where many hepatitis C cases show up and even AIDS can be transferred in this manner.  Someone offered me some information since I first wrote this article letting me know there is a difference in tattoo establishments that are regulated and licensed and those that are not.   The regulated and licensed tattoo establishments  are allegedly considered safe because they must meet  government guidelines in sanitation and sterilization.  Those that are not regulated can be very dangerous!   Let me tell you why.  Although the needles may be sterilized, the ink bags are not.  When you get a tattoo, the blood that seeped  back up into the ink bag, now is going into your body from a source that has not been tested as a carrier of disease.  You could be opening yourself up for the enemy to have an open door to make you ill through contamination.  It is for this reason we don’t smoke, overeat, misuse medicines, etc..  We are never to knowingly open a door the enemy would try to take advantage of!   Always weigh in on the side of caution!

If you are tattooed, I do not in any way feel or think less of you, just as I would hope you would not feel or think less of me because I am not.  This is a good lesson in becoming more aware of God’s voice and letting Him lead you in the direction you should go.  None of us should be judged on outward appearance.  God looks solely upon our hearts.  Someone could be covered in tattoos and be a much better Christian than someone who wears a suit day in and day out, and would never be tattooed but would judge and look down their noses at someone who is!   In looking at someone’s appearance over the fact they are saved or unsaved, we have missed the whole point!

Will I now go out and get a tattoo?  Absolutely not!  I hate needles and God has specifically told me it is not right FOR ME!  Am I going to frown upon you if you do?  Absolutely not!  Be sure, though, in any and every thing you do you have used God’s wisdom and you have prayed and sought God’s direction on it.

Blessings to you, dear reader!  I will see you soon!

 

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Is Tolerance an Oxymoron For Intolerance?

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4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. 5 So now I urge you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another. 6 And this is love: that we walk according to His commands. This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.[c]

7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.[d] This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we[e] have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it, does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11 for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares in his evil works.  2 John 1:4-10

 

But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.  1 Corinthians 5:11

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous are both alike an abomination to the Lord.  Proverbs 17:15

We don’t hear a great deal about these scriptures do we?  Why?  Because people want you to accept what Jesus does not accept.

In our day and age of “tolerance” there is much intolerance.  Jesus loves EVERYONE, just as we are to love EVERYONE.  But, as our scriptures show us, love is defined in the Bible by walking in God’s commandments, love is not to accept sin.  If we do, we too can be tricked into a viewpoint, a sinful attitude that the Bible is clearly against.  Jesus went to the home of many “sinners”, but as you can see when He left they were “sinners” no more.

The Demoniac of Gadara, the home of Zacheus, the evil tax collector, the woman at the well that had many husbands, the woman caught in adultery by the Pharisees who demanded she be stoned are just a few of the examples.  But let us not stop there!  In EVERY single one of these cases, they all were changed the very day they met Jesus and turned their lives AND their LIFE STYLES around!

The man possessed of so many demons they called themselves “legion” because there were so many, was saved and transformed by Jesus.  He is the first recorded pastor in the Bible!  Zacheus, who taxed beyond the proper measure so he could fill his own pockets, gave back all plus more than he had taken from the people.  He became a very generous giver instead of a taker!  The woman who had, had multiple husbands and lived with one who she wasn’t married to, was told to “Go and sin no more” and that is what she did!  She left her perverse sexual lifestyle.  The woman caught in adultery was so moved by the love of Jesus, she cried out to Him and He saved her soul and body from death!  She was moved by His compassion, not by tolerance of sin!

If Jesus had tolerated the wrong, He would have made it look like it was right.  No way could Jesus do that or even consider it.  I find it so funny that today, we are expected not to tolerate sin but to ACCEPT it!  If we don’t, we are “haters”.  But oddly, the very people who cry foul the loudest tend to be the least tolerant of all!

Tolerate me in my sin, but you offend me if you pray, speak the name of Jesus, post the ten commandments, speak openly of your Christianity, yet if you don’t give me rights to my sin you have been unjust!  You have violated my rights!  You are judgemental!!  Let me openly and freely practice what I believe as a non-Christian, but you are not allowed to do the same!  Is this tolerance?  Is this equality?  Where and how is this fair?

In becoming “tolerant” the door has been opened to a grave “intolerance”.  I will do to you what I don’t want done to me!  Tolerance?  I don’t even see common sense in this!

A Christian is responsible to the Word of God.  I don’t condone any form of rejecting someone for their beliefs and opinions, BUT the Bible says to give the love of Jesus, give the Gospel and if they refuse it to go IN PEACE and take it to a household that will receive it with peace!

Be careful in your “tolerance” it doesn’t turn to leaving the soundness of the Word and turn into acceptance and approval.  And, if you aren’t a Christian, be careful you do not practice and become what you have accused others of being and doing.  Think about it for a bit and see if you are giving the same respect you have wanted to be given to you.

Blessings, dear reader.  Go in peace, and go in wisdom!  I will see you next time!  Simply,  Juliana

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Chapter of the Day-Psalm 25…Dependence on the Lord

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CHAPTER OF THE DAY

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Psalm 25

Dependence on the Lord

Davidic.

1 Lord,[a] I turn to You.[b] 2 My God, I trust in You. Do not let me be disgraced; do not let my enemies gloat over me. 3 No one who waits for You will be disgraced; those who act treacherously without cause will be disgraced.

4 Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. 5 Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long. 6 Remember, Lord, Your compassion and Your faithful love, for they have existed from antiquity.[c] 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my acts of rebellion; in keeping with Your faithful love, remember me because of Your goodness, Lord.

8 The Lord is good and upright; therefore He shows sinners the way. 9 He leads the humble in what is right and teaches them His way. 10 All the Lord’s ways show faithful love and truth to those who keep His covenant and decrees. 11 Because of Your name, Yahweh, forgive my sin, for it is great.

12 Who is the man who fears the Lord? He will show him the way he should choose. 13 He will live a good life, and his descendants will inherit the land.[d] 14 The secret counsel of the Lord is for those who fear Him, and He reveals His covenant to them. 15 My eyes are always on the Lord, for He will pull my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am alone and afflicted. 17 The distresses of my heart increase;[e] bring me out of my sufferings. 18 Consider my affliction and trouble, and take away all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies; they are numerous, and they hate me violently. 20 Guard me and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in You. 21 May integrity and what is right watch over me, for I wait for You.

22 God, redeem Israel, from all its distresses.


Verse of the day-1 John 1:9…You Are Forgiven and Cleansed!

If we confess our sins

Bible Verse of the Day

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9


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