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Allowing Your Conscience To Properly Guide You
5/15/2017

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

I remember as a child, having an eerie feeling deep inside of my stomach when I was doing something I shouldn’t have be doing.  It was this little voice of reason beckoning me to turn around and go in the other way.  It was like I had this personal internal guidance system directing me.  The truth of the matter is I did, and I still do—It is called the “Conscience.”

Our conscience is one of the most powerful tools we possess to keep us upon the proper path of righteous living.  It gives us the sense of right and wrong, 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 allow truth to steer it, or more accurately said, when we allow the enemy to distort our basis of truth.  Let me give you an example. 

Let’s say an employer is not being fair to their employee; they’re working them very hard, and 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 himself or herself in a position of feeling as though they are not adequately compensated.  They can become frustrated and develop a bitter attitude towards their employer.  The next time they need some office supplies at home they might find themselves taking what they need from their workplace.  Their conscience begins to work at this point, telling them that taking the supplies is wrong.  The enemy fires a thought into their mind to justify the theft – one reasoning that their employer has not adequately paid them for their services, and that 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, our believing we have legitimate 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 conscience's 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, 1 Timothy 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 your proper choices and you will be blessed. 

STUDY QUESTION:  According to 1 Timothy 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?

PRACTICAL 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 Lord’s will through the reading of His Word and in prayer.

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 guide me today by revealing anything improper in my life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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