DATE : Saturday 10 May 2014
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?
Hebrews 9:14
Romans 1:18-32
18 For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness
of men, who hold the truth in
19 Because that which may be
known of God is manifest in them;
for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are
clearly seen, being understood by
the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godhead; so
that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew
God, they glorified him not as
God, neither were thankful; but
became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was
22 Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the
uncorruptible God into an image
made like to corruptible man, and
to birds, and fourfooted beasts,
and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them
up to uncleanness through the
lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonour their own bodies
between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God
into a lie, and worshipped and
served the creature more than the
Creator, who is blessed for ever.
26 For this cause God gave them
up unto vile affections: for even
their women did change the
natural use into that which is
against nature:
27 And likewise also the men,
leaving the natural use of the
woman, burned in their lust one
toward another; men with men
working that which is unseemly,
and receiving in themselves that
recompence of their error which
was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to
retain God in their knowledge, God
gave them over to a reprobate
mind, to do those things which are
not convenient;
29 Being filled with all
unrighteousness, fornication,
wickedness, covetousness,
maliciousness; full of envy,
murder, debate, deceit, malignity;
30 Backbiters, haters of God,
despiteful, proud, boasters,
inventors of evil things,
disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding,
covenantbreakers, without natural
affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of
God, that they which commit such
things are worthy of death, not
only do the same, but have
pleasure in them that do them.
-23 and PSALM 103:1-10
Conscience is an internal judge
examining all that you do or say. It
cries out before any wrong-doing.
It does not keep quiet during the
act and keeps on talking even after
the act. Every man has a
conscience. This fact is pointed out
in 2 Corinthians 4:2. The
conscience can exist in different
states. These states affect the
character exhibited by the
conscience. Based on this
character, the conscience can
manifest itself as any of these: evil
conscience, convicted conscience,
weak conscience, good conscience
and conscience devoid of offence.
Consequent upon the fall of man
in the Garden of Eden, man’s
conscience became darkened and
defiled. Our Bible reading for
today tells the terrible story of
what happens when the conscience
becomes defiled, depraved and
evil. It is an evil conscience that
directs a man to bow down and
worship an idol. It is an evil
conscience that accuses a man of
being anti-social when he refuses
to entertain others with alcoholic
drinks or partake in an immoral
gathering. The conscience becomes
convicted when a man hears the
gospel of Jesus and the Holy Spirit
quickens the word in the heart.
When the hearer receives the
word, he does one of two things:
either he yields to the working of
the Holy Spirit or he excuses
himself (Romans 2:15). If he yields
to the prompting of the Holy
Spirit, he begins to feel sorrowful
for his sins and soon, he is on his
way to repentance. Have you
yielded to the prompting of the
Holy Spirit? The conscience
becomes purged when a man
yields to the prompting of the
Holy Spirit and his awakened
conscience puts pressure on him
to conform to God’s stand on sin
and righteousness. He begins to
realise the evil of a depraved
conscience, and this conviction
leads to conversion or salvation.
Such a person has his conscience
purged and he begins to find joy in
serving the living God. Conversion
is therefore the recreation of a
conscience which has long been
silenced. A young convert will
however find out that his
conscience is still too weak to be
relied upon (1 Corinthians 8:7).
Such weak conscience may accept
anything that is “not too bad”;
ignoring the fact that anything that
is not too bad is definitely not
good. This weakness can be
overcome by prayer, Bible study
and constant obedience. To a
sinner, the conscience is a burden;
but to the saved, the conscience is
a help, a friend to know, to love
and a messenger from God which
constantly reminds him of God’s
standard, which is perfection
(Matthew 5:48). The desire of God
for every born-again believer is to
have a good conscience (1 Timothy
1:5). One of the highest goals of a
Christian life is to have a
conscience devoid of offence
toward God and toward men (Acts
Prayer Point:
I apply the blood of Jesus in
cleansing my conscience from all
dead works, in Jesus’ Name.


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