5 Minute Lessons on the Kingdom of God
Conscience and the Journey of Faith
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Is your conscience bothering you because of sin or doubt? Many people have overlooked their conscience in their journey of faith. It doesn't work. Without a clear conscience your faith will be shipwrecked.
"19Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God." (1 Timothy 1:19‑20 New Living Translation)

Have you ever done things that your flesh wanted to do and then tried to justify your actions?

As I am writing this, (it is 3:30 am in the morning) a small scorpion like creature just bit me. I am here in my house shoes with no socks on and suddenly I felt pain in my ankle! I took my hand and just brushed off my ankle and to my surprise it was this small scorpion like creature. I tried to kill it, but it resisted. This reminds me of Jesus' words,
"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19)

Without a clear conscience the devil will bite you and overcome you. Through the conscience, God has given you the ability to sense right and wrong and to feel guilt for your wrong. The conscience is the self-judging function of the heart that either accuses or excuses one's self in regard to their conduct. It is the faculty which recognizes the distinction between right and wrong and demands that one do right and avoid wrong. It also makes one know that he is known and shall be judged (Acts 24:25). Although it is true that the conscience is not infallible and can make mistakes because of being trained by wrong information (Romans 14:2), it monitors between what is right and wrong.

The Scripture tells us that a clear conscience plays a vital part in the ability to operate in faith (1 Timothy 1:19 NLT). Also, it is the blood of Jesus that has the power to clear, purge, and cleanse the conscience (Hebrews 9:14).

If you are a Christian and you are living in sin, your faith is being shipwrecked, your heart is being hardened (Hebrews 3:12‑13). Danger: you can depart from the Christian faith (1 Timothy 4:1).

If you are looking for the true answer to human guilt, then consider what this tax collector did.
"13'Meanwhile the tax man, slumped in the shadows, his face in his hands, not daring to look up, said, "God, give mercy. Forgive me, a sinner."
14Jesus commented, 'This tax man, not the other, went home made right with God.'..."
(Luke 18:13‑14 The Message Bible)
  1. The Apostle Paul sought to live his life in what way?
  2. Read 2 Corinthians 1:12 (Holman Christian Standard Bible).
    "For our boast is this: the testimony of our conscience that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you, with God‑given sincerity and purity, not by fleshly wisdom but by God's grace." ‑ 2 Corinthians 1:12 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
    The Apostle Paul's conscience told him that he conducted himself in the following manner:
    1. with God‑given sincerity
    2. with purity
    3. by God's grace
  3. Read 1 Timothy 1:5 (New Living Translation).
    "The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith." ‑ 1 Timothy 1:5 (New Living Translation)
    A believer needs:
    1. to be filled with love
    2. a pure heart
    3. a clear conscience
    4. genuine faith
  4. Read Hebrews 13:18 (Complete Jewish Bible).
    "Keep praying for us, for we are certain that we have a clear conscience and want to conduct ourselves properly in everything we do." ‑ Hebrews 13:18 (Complete Jewish Bible)
    Paul was living what kind of life?
  5. How can you say you are in God's Kingdom but never accept Christ's rule and reign?
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