Tattooed

Updated: Jul 2


Tattoo June 2022 (2016)

Hello Beloved.

Yesterday, I was in a conversation with a coworker. I noticed the tattoo on his arm. I asked him about it. He showed pulled up his sleeve and on his arm the tattoo read Philippians 4.13. The other arm read, "I can do all things through Christ. The conversation continued to other topics. There was a moment where he was sharing several things he could not do, saying, "I can't do this, and I can't do that. I can't... I can't... I can't..."

  • I responded, "Yes you can".

  • Coworker, "No I can't"

  • Me: Yes, you can

  • Coworker: No, I can't

  • Me; Yes, you can

  • Coworker: No, I can't

  • Me: Uh, yes you can. What does your arm say?

  • Coworker: Oh (laugh)

Object lesson here is God's word can only impact your life when it is tattooed on your heart.

Proverbs 3.3 says Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Proverbs 23.7 …as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

It is essential that you take the word, meditate on it long enough so it impacts your thoughts and emotions. During circumstances, your emotions are triggered, however, with the word in your heart, your emotions and thoughts can be channeled through the wisdom of God.

Emotions drive behavior and influence your thoughts. For example, think of a time when you intended to do something but delayed or don’t do it because, “You don’t feel like it”. Feelings impact behavior. The Lord has a cure for this dilemma. Find a scripture that applies to the situation, repent, believe and meditate on it. Get and understanding and ponder on it. Imagine yourself behaving according to that scripture. Add works to your faith. Work out the text. A scripture is fully understood when it is applied. The speed of it taking hold is dependent on the amount of emotion you attach to it.

The Lord has given you the grace to manifest His word. Too many people try to manifest material things, status, wealth and experiences, but forget to manifest the character of Jesus in their lives. If my friend with the tattooed arm imagined and saw himself through the eyes of the scripture, he would not see himself as a victim or failure. The words, “I can’t” would not have been his first choice of words.

The ability to becoming the word is placed inside every believer. You have the help of Holy Spirit who will bring the word to your memory, but you must put it in your heart. It is beneficial to your spiritual, mental and emotional well-being to cultivate the word of God in your heart until it overshadows your soul and spirit, so you can enjoy the abundant life that Jesus, your Lord and Savior promised you.

Call to Action

  1. What scripture should you tattoo on your heart?

  2. Write it down and ponder on it.

  3. Memorize, meditate and repeat it several times until it enters and abides in your heart.

  4. Write down the many areas the scripture can be applied. How will you apply it?

  5. Write out your next steps?

  6. If you need guidance with bible application, reach me through www.LydiaRugh.com and schedule a free coach session.

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