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In Good Conscience

In Good Conscience
Allowing Gods Internal Guidance System To Work

This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men. Acts 24:16 (NKJV)

I don't know about you, but I hate the feeling I get deep inside of my gut when I am going in the wrong way.  It is this little voice of reason beckoning me to turn around and go in the proper direction.  It is like I have this personal internal guidance system directing me.

Q:    What is the source of this internal guidance system?

It is called the "Conscience." 

Our conscience is one of the most powerful tools we possess as for keeping our Christian walk pure and righteous as it gives us the sense of right and wrong built into our very core.  The conscience is built into every person and it is designed to prick us if we are doing something we believe to be wrong.  When we violate our conscience we can begin to feel something out of balance and it can weigh heavily upon us until we rectify it.

Unfortunately our conscience cannot be totally effective when we don't have the proper truth within our minds to help steer it.  Let me give you an example.  Let's say an employer is not kind to their employee - they work them very hard, and are always taking advantage of them.  The employee confronts the employer to express how they feel but the employer is not interested in their feelings.  Instead they are condescending to them and unappreciative as well.  

The employee might find them self in a position of feeling as though they are not adequately compensated.  They can become frustrated and develop a bitter attitude towards their employee.  The next time they need some office supplies at home they might find themselves taking what they need from their workplace.  Their conscience kicks in at this point telling them this is wrong, but immediately their mind begins to justify the theft -  reasoning their employer has not adequately paid them for their services and taking the supplies is totally fair.  

It doesn't just have to be theft either - it can be just about anything, such as gossiping about someone who may have hurt us.   It is the same basis - it is justification, or believing we have good reason to do something.  

I like to say this about justification - it is the searing of the conscience.  It is when we burn the little nerve endings once allowing us to feel.  When we justify our improper actions we are overriding our consciences ability to do what is right before God.  We can see Paul speaking about this very thing to Timothy.

speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, 1Timothy 4:2 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to think about what your conscience is telling you.   If it is telling you something is wrong, then follow it and seek the Lord's will in the truth of His Word for your life in whatever situation.  Don't allow justification to override your responsibility for doing what is right.  God will honor our proper choices and we will be blessed.  

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 1Timothy 4:2 what was the result to the conscience of those of speaking lies in hypocrisy?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow your conscience and God's Word to guide your every action?

APPLICATION: If you find yourself attempting to justify something when your conscience is attempting to tell you it is wrong, make sure to seek the Lords will through the reading of His Word and in prayer.

Father, Thank You for giving me a conscience to guide me in my actions.  Thank You for giving me Your Word to affirm my conscience.  Help me to continue to seek when my actions are not in accordance with Your will.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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