Archive | November 2010

Restless Rumors

Boyd Bailey is the author of Wisdom Hunters daily devotional

“Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler.” (Jeremiah 51:46)
 
Rumors can be relentless and can drive us to restlessness. This is why it is imperative to listen to the Lord. The shifting sentiment of society is unpredictable, but God is the same. Rumors are the sport of people with too much time on their hands. They are the economic driver for some industries like the media, but do not be deceived or distracted by it.
 
The discerning choose to outright reject rumors or selectively listen only to the soft murmur of truth that may be represented. Jesus said we would become a rumor-crazed culture in the last days. “When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come” (Mark 16:7).
 
There are rumors of possible terrorist attacks. There are rumors of government corruption. There are rumors of someone’s infidelity. There are rumors of lay offs. There are rumors of job creations. There are rumors of mass firings. There are rumors of mergers. There are rumors of forced retirement. There are rumors that God is dead. Rumors relentlessly rain down on us creating fear and worry.
 
We seem to enjoy rumors because they are tantalizing to the tongue. We want to know the juicy details, even though it is none of our business. Rumors feed our pride, and get us focused on issues which are either out of our control or even non-existent. Instead, rest in the “rumor” of Christ’s return. Though we do not know the day or hour, we can prepare for His glorious return.
 
“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come” (Mark 13:32-33).
 
Your conscience can be clear while you wait for the Lord’s return. He may return today, tomorrow or in the distant future. It is contingent on fulfilled prophecy and ultimately it is at God’s discretion. But you can rest in the reassurance of Christ’s return. Indeed, His imminent return has been rumored to be going to happen over the past 2,000 years. “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8).
 
The Lord’s return is a righteous rumor that will occur. When other worthless rumors assail you, rest in the certainty of Christ’s return. Be ready for Him. Live like He might come tomorrow. Spend your money and time in preparation of the return of our reigning King Jesus. Rest in the Lord, not restless rumors. Be ready for the rumor of His return.
 
“So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him” (Matthew 24:44).
 
Do I live as if the Lord’s return is imminent? Do I rest in Him in spite of other rumors?

The Bible & Tattoos

“Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD.” ~ Leviticus 19:28

A lot of people will have a hard time accepting this teaching because tattooing is such a popular practice in society today. However, just because society approves doesn’t make it right. Society at large, also  approves of abortion and divorce as well. However, the Bible makes it clear that God doesn’t approve of these things.

Understand I am not condemning anyone who already has a tattoo. I am just providing knowledge to those who may be considering getting one. God loves us even when we make mistakes and express poor judgment. He doesn’t condemn us, but rather tries to help us overcome the consequences of those mistakes. Please don’t misunderstand, I am not saying that having a tattoo will keep anyone from serving the Lord. There are some very godly people who have tattoos and are serving the Lord and their tattoos do not interfere with what God is doing through them. Anything Satan tries to use for evil, God can turn and use it for good when we commit totally to Him. God takes us as we are and uses us if we will yield to His will. God will use any of us when we come out of the world and start serving Him with our whole hearts to do His will. Anything Satan tries to use for evil, God can turn and use it for good when we commit totally to Him. God takes us as we are and uses us if we will yield to His will. God will use any of us when we come out of the world and start serving Him with our whole hearts to do His will. Our past has been covered by the blood of Jesus and our past sins will not hinder our God in us serving Him. Only a hard and unrepentant heart will keep us tied to an old life.

The question now becomes should Christians pursue getting tattoos?  Just because something is popular does not mean it is right.  We should always examine things by the “roots and the fruits” of the thing in question. 

More scripture for study:

Hosea 4:6 ~ “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
Deuteronomy 14:1 ~ “Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
~ “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”