The conscience 4
Memory verse: John 8:9 “And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst”
Romans 13:4-7 “For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor”
Here Paul speaks of obeying the laws of the land for conscience sake.
It is important as believers to ensure we act in ways such as not to carry a heavy burden in our conscience of wrong doing.
All sins have been eternally forgiven.
We have forgiveness even remission of sins in the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence”
Colossians 1:14 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins”
God is not forgiving sins today. He has already forgiven all sins, past, present and future.
In Christ all sins are forgiven.
However, when we sin, our conscience convicts us that what we have permitted expression in our bodies is wrong.
That sense of having done wrong is your conscience convicting you that you have acted against your new nature. This is different from sin consciousness.
Our conscience has been purged from sin consciousness.
Hebrews 9:14 “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God.
Our new man lives in a consciousness of papa God because of the new birth.
We have been delivered from that evil conscience of sin and death.
So what do you do when you sin?
Reinforce to your conscience or consciousness who you now are in Christ.
Confess your new nature boldly. When you do this you are exercising yourself to live in the consciousness of your righteousness, which is who you are now, rather than dwell in the misery of past sins.
However, when you sin or rather if you sin don’t do the following.
Don’t deny that what you did was sin!!!!!
If you consistently act like what you did wasn’t sin when it was, in time your conscience will become seared to that act. It will become less sensitive and lose its tenderness.
It’s a terrible place to be as a believer when your conscience is so quiet when you do wrong it seems dead.
Do not rationalize sin.
Sin is sin and it is not your nature.
Confess boldly who you now are in Christ.
As you do this your conscience or consciousness of your new nature will gain the ascendancy over your being.
CONFESSION: Sin is not my nature. I have the nature of God. I walk in the Spirit. Amen!
FURTHER BIBLE READING: Genesis 12, 1 Corinthians 4
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