The Voice of Repentance (Mark 6:20-29)Pastor Justin Pratt, September 11, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The book of Mark describes a scene in which Herod is presented with a dancer, his step-daughter, who pleased the king so much that he said to her "Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee." She consulted with her mother, Herodias, the Queen, who said to ask of him the head of The Voice of Repentance, John the Baptist.
The Holy Spirit is our voice of repentance today. It is that feeling of conviction within the hearts of the believer that lets them know when they have sinned against God. It is that voice of repentance that tries to warn us when we are presented with our own tempting dancer. Maybe your dancer is drugs, alcohol, an affair, pornography, etc, etc, etc.
The devil crafts dancers of temptation in all our lives. But there is a price to pay for dancing with dancer. It can cost you your family, your job, your ministry, your freedoms, even your life. But it can also cause you something even scarier; to never head the voice of repentance again, cut off from communication with the Lord...
Walk away from the dancer and stop the dance.
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20For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly. 21And when a convenient day was come, that Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high captains, and chief estates of Galilee; 22And when the daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give it thee. 23And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. 24And she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask? And she said, The head of John the Baptist. 25And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist. 26And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her. 27And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison, 28And brought his head in a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it to her mother. 29And when his disciples heard of it, they came and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb. (KJV)