The Lord Cares about What is in your heart

 

People often use this to justify all sorts of behaviours, for instance take the issues of tattoos.  IE Tattoos are OK it’s in my heart that I’m serving the Lord, He knows my heart.  Remember that the heart is deceitful above all things, (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

 

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Jeremiah 19:9-10

 

With tattoos, in the Old Testament, tattoos were forbidden, (Leviticus 19:28).  Now there are a few things typically used to justify that getting tattoos are now OK.  One of them is – It’s in my heart.  The second one is something called ‘legalism’.  I’d like to look at both of them

It’s true that Jesus, God in the flesh, released us from the law, for instance, we no longer have to tithe, we no longer have to sacrifice animals (eg the Old Testament sacrificial lamb signified the coming Saviour, Jesus, who, although innocent, sacrificed Himself so that we, who are not innocent, could be saved).  Jesus the High priest freed us from the law, and we are saved by believing on Jesus, recognising our sinful condition and that Jesus the son of God, died on the cross, was buried, and bodily rose.

So we are free from the law – but, God does not change.  He still has the same moral character that He always had and always will.

When tattoos were forbidden, they were forbidden due to their association with evil – the Egyptians would get tattooed (among other things) - their magicians, their worshipping of idols.  God wanted His people to come out from them.

The same is true in the New Testament, ie to come out from them –

 

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:17)

 

–  and abstain from appearance of evil – 

 

Abstain from all appearance of evil (Thessalonians 5:22)

 

Tattoos are just as associated with evil today, as they are associated with prostitutes, heavy drinking and debauchery, Satanism, fornication, sin and such.  Coming "out from them" and "abstaining from evil" is just as appropriate today as it was back in Moses’ time.

We need to be able to give ourselves a good examination of why we are doing things, all of us.  For it’s true God does care about what’s in the heart and if we were to truly search our heart, we may find that we do many things to please ourselves rather than God, sadly.

It's the same with many things - horrible things such as abortion, where people often use all manner of means (eg I can't afford the child, I wouldn't give the child the best life) to justify what's really in the heart - a selfishness of not willing to make sacrificies in ones own life, and therefore to justify the unwillingness to make changes, to make accomodations of lifestyle, and then to justify murder.

As Jesus told us to give to the poor in secret (Matthew 6:4), as those who give openly already have their reward, that is, are we motivated for the desire for praise from others, or the desire to be as the Lord and look to the poor to help them and to heal the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18)

Let us try to be and continue to be honest, for God knows our heart, we should meditate on our decisions, and if in doubt – consult the Bible! Let’s not put our own ideas of right or wrong or our own ideas of self-justification above God, as this is what unsaved people do.  Such a thing is the epitome of Satanism – that Satan and Satinists - that people are to decide what’s right or wrong, as the Satanic bible says, ‘do what thou wilt’ (Anton LeVey, author of the Satanic bible).  Such outlooks fall into the same attitudes as New Age, Humanists, who decide for themselves - or have it decided for them by other people (eg by public opinion, which can and is influenced by marketing campaigns by those with money.)  But it is nothing new, similar things occured throughout the history of the Bible: before the flood, at the tower of Babel, where people looked to themselves.  It can even occur amongst Christians who have turned to the carnal world, rather than the spiritual world, creating all sorts of unhappiness within and all sorts of strife,

 

The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.
- Proverbs 14:14

 

We should look to remind ourselves that God decides what’s right or wrong.  As we are fallen people our heart deceives us (Jeremiah 19:9).  That’s one of the reasons we have the Bible – to keep us on the straight and narrow.  Let’s not try to dismiss that Bible through man made inventions and wisdom of words, but consult Gods word and guide on earth,

 

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
 –  Psalm 118:8

 

Amen.

 

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19th June 2017