We all live our lives, day by day, with many choices before us. Really our lives are one big choice. Of course our biggest choice is that of accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Once we do that our spirit is 100% saved! Our soul is then in the process of being saved, and our body will eventually be saved.
There is another part of our inner makeup that we sometimes don’t think about: our conscience. Our conscience before we are saved is alive and noticed in our daily living experiences, but after our regeneration process through salvation our conscience is also regenerated (quickened), and brought to life with a new intensity. The purpose then of your conscience is to work hand in hand with the Holy Spirit to guide and direct our lives. It is the contact point! Romans 9:1 “I tell you the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit.” It is amazing how God created us with this internal moment by moment guide. A compass that will navigate our choices in life in the most remarkable way: our conscience!
Could you imagine what our lives would be like if we didn’t have this? Wow! I can’t even begin to grasp the thought. It would mean depravity! The innate corruption of human nature, due to the original sin.
What is also amazing is how many born again, spirit and conscience regenerated believers ignore their conscience! They then go and pray and move on wondering why God isn’t answering their prayers. Sometimes even to the point of blaming God!
The Bible says in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” A pure heart doesn’t mean a perfect heart, it simply means us recognizing that we fall short and then desiring to be made right before God, by God. After David, a man after god’s own heart, fell into adultery he responded to his conscience that he had previously ignored, saying “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me of my sin. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
Three things we can do:
- Respond to your conscience daily in obedience
- Before you pray for anything, examine yourself
- Confess our sins
Paul’s secret was that he lived in all good conscience before God until his last day. We can too.
“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”