God Speaks Today.
Marked By God. “Speak Lord, I’m listening.”
Not only does God speak to us, He also speaks through us to a world that is longing to hear Him.
“You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you, I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28
God wants exclusive fidelity in our lives. We need to treat our bodies as a temple of the Lord.
“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?
For you were bought at a price, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 2 Corinthians 6:19,20
The issue is what our tattoos are saying about our fidelity to God and how we glorify God.
Even more significantly, what are our lives saying about our fidelity to God?
Marked by God A visible impression, brand or stamp.
The mark on the righteous.
“Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” Ezekiel 9:4
The mark on Cain.
“And Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. Surely you have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be hidden from your face, I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth and it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me.”
And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone finding him should kill him.” Genesis 4:14,15
The mark on a nation.
The mark on Jacob.
“Then Jacob was left alone and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day. Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip, and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him.
And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks, but he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me.” Genesis 32:24-28
The mark of God made a visible, felt difference in the lives of people, cities and even nations.
Are we marked by God? Are we distinctively His?
Live a Life Marked By God
Principle 5 of Recovery: Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matthew 5:6
1. Be honest with God and yourself.
God wants our honesty. Who am I? What have I done?
Honesty does not equal shame.
When we are honest we can begin to see the changes that God wants to make in our lives.
“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men and have prevailed.” Vs 28
2. Voluntarily submit to God.
Make yourself known. Speak Lord - I’m listening.
I can’t change others, but I can submit myself to God.
Trust the change process He brings.
What needs to change? What needs to be let go of?
God is calling for our deepest yes in Him.
3. Be distinctively His!
“From now on let no-one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.” Galatians 6:17
The life and love of Jesus radiates through those who are distinctively His!
A renewed mind.
A transformed character.
A greater love.
“You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:13-15
“And He blessed him there. So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30
God wants to bless you AND He wants you to be a blessing to others!
This post is part of a series that was inspired by the following song.