Conscience

The dictionary has a few definitions for the word conscience;

– the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls or inhibits the actions or thoughts of an individual

or:

– the inner sense of what is right or wrong in ones conduct or motives, impelling
on toward right action.

The bible says that God has placed basic principles of His law in every persons conscience, whether that person ever reads the bible or has ever been told anything about God. We can find this in Romans 2:12-16; paying special attention to verses 14 and 15.

12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

There is also such a thing as a “seared conscience.” A seared conscience results when the internal voice is constantly ignored to a point where it is completely dulled so that when evil is done the conscience responds very little or not at all. And I believe that that is a very dangerous place to be.

I believe that when we become a child of God; (after we have repented of the sin in our life and accepted the great gift of Salvation that He offers us) it is so important to maintain a pure conscience. Paul the Apostle expresses this in Acts 24:12-16.

12 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with anyone nor inciting the crowd, either in the synagogues or in the city. 13 Nor can they prove the things of which they now accuse me. 14 But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets. 15 I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. 16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.

Like Paul I believe that we should always strive to have a pure conscience. If we have an offense before God that we have not acknowledged, we do not have the boldness to go to Him to ask for what we need for our spiritual growth in Him. With a defiled or guilty conscience our desire for closeness with God in prayer, through meeting with other Christians or through studying the bible becomes less and less.

Psalm 32:1-5

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old
Through my groaning all the day long.
4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah
5 I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I have not hidden.

When we carry a guilty conscience our ability to talk to others about God is limited because we know that they can point a finger at us in the areas we have not made right. 1 Peter 3:15-17 puts that into perspective.

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

A final point I want to make is that the bible and NOT our conscience is the final guide for living life Gods way. 1 Corinthians 4:3-4 tells us that it is possible for our conscience to indicate to us that nothing is wrong but according to the scriptures there may be something wrong.

3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.

We need to remember that our conscience is limited by the knowledge of the bible that we possess. Therefore the bible is our final guide and God our final judge! If Christ and the biblical scriptures are not your guide then don’t let your conscience be your guide.

January Update!

Well it’s been awhile since I have done and update of any sorts. Life has been rather routine like for me; get up, go to work, come home, eat supper, hang out with the family, and then go to sleep. It seems as though that’s all life has for me right now. I grow tired of it sometimes then I remind myself that I have a good job and a wonderful home and family.

Winter… I don’t have very many words on the subject except that I wish it was over already. I really don’t enjoy winter all that much and look forward to warmth. Winter wouldn’t be that bad, but I live in the North Pole, my igloo gets cold, and my dog sled needs some work.  I can’t wait till all the green stuff will start blossoming again. I miss the colors and sounds of summer.

On a more serious note; these last few months I have realized what is most important to me, and who is most important to me. That’s a difficult place to come to; it has been for me anyways. Friends have come and gone… and I feel that right now in my life I have everything and everyone that I need. I have such great Godly examples in my life, I thank God that He opened my eyes and allowed me to SEE them! My spiritual life has been one huge construction zone these last months and God has been so patient with me while I have been figuring everything out. My bible has become a better  friend. The other day I found myself feeling content with where I was spiritually, I very quickly realized that it was not a good thing. I examined my life and realized that there was so much for me to achieve before I was ever supposed to feel content with where I am spiritually. To be honest I don’t think that we should ever reach that point, there are so many things that we need to obtain as we strive to become Christ like.

So yeah, that’s my little update for now. I know there are a few loyal readers so I wish you all good days and safe winters. Stay on the tracks! Be Blessed.

Masterpiece

A favorite song of mine has a line in it that I love; and I quote

“He took what the world saw as worthless, and created a masterpiece”

By “He” the song means God. God took what the world saw as worthless and created a masterpiece! I think the line says volumes about God and us. I looked up various writings on masterpieces and there was an underlying theme in all the articles; that a masterpiece is the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman. God is our creator and to think that we as humans are His most outstanding work is a thought that goes way beyond my comprehension. As I think of The Lords creation I think of beautiful lakes, mountains, wide variety of unique animals, insects and birds; but we are His masterpiece!

Another important point to remember is that the masterpiece always represents and reflects the artist or the craftsman. As we should be with Christ. I was reading in 1 Peter and came across this scriture;

1 Peter 1:5-11

[5] But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, [6] to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, [7] to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. [8] For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. [9] For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. [10] Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; [11] for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

I know that this is not the scripture that is usually that explains Christ like traits but I found a lot of attributes in this scripture that I want to obtain. Traits that would help me achieve more of a Christ like character. From the scripture I picked eight traits that I want to look at a little deeper.

1. Faith – Faith is a strong belief in someone or something, in this case the Faith we have in our Lord and Saviour. Faith can be conviction. It can also be a strong assurance.

2. Virtue – Virtue is moral excellence; goodness.

3. Knowledge- Knowledge is correct insight. I think knowledge in the Christian walk is having discernment according to what we can learn in Gods word; The Bible.

4. Self-control- Self control is self explainable, it can also be defined as self- discipline.

5. Perseverance- Perseverance is bearing up under trials.

6. Godliness- Godliness is a characteristic we develop through devotion to God.

7. Brotherly Kindness- Brotherly kindness is love towards others, and your brothers and sisters in the Lord.

8. Love- Love is “active” goodwill towards others.

I believe that the more we know about Jesus Christ the more we are aware of what you need to strive to achieve to be more like Him.

Never Be…

A statement that a friend of mine shared with me once is a statement that applies to various different things in life and I carry it with me wherever I go.

“Never be compromised for the sake of advancement.”

I think that the quote speaks for itself. I believe that anyone reading that statement can turn it into a very personal examination of their own lives.

Does He Care?

Circumstances and situations cause me to question if God really cares. Its shameful; I know that I should never have to question that. He promises us so many times that He cares for us…for me! I always like the verses found in Luke 12;

“Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows
Luke 12: 6, 7

We know God sees everything that happens to us. Nothing is a surprise to Him…He knows it all. We often wish that He would intervene and stop the pain. We wish that times of trial would not come. As our lives continue on Earth we find ourselves with a choice to make. We can believe God is a God of love that cares for us or we can turn from Him in anger. We can believe that His heart is always for us or we can believe that He is against us. Running to Him in the midst of our anguish will take us into His arms of comfort. Pushing Him away will leave us alone with desperation in our souls.

The main theme running through the Bible is the story of God’s great love for us. Over and over He tells us that He sent His son, Jesus, to this earth to heal broken hearts. Even King David, known to be a man after God’s heart, went through times of great tears to the point that those around him questioned, “Where is your God?” (Psalm 42) Yet he also knew how the Lord took note of his anguish and recorded his tears. (Psalm 56:8) He ran to God for strength in his time of despair.

When we cannot understand the twists and turns of the path our life has taken we can run to the One who will anchor us. God does not promise us that our lives will be free of troubles and trials but he does promise to hold us close through it all. We never have to doubt Gods love and care. He hurts when we hurt. Jesus, Gods only Son went up the agonizing hill to the cross and He understands the deep anguish the soul can plunge to. That is why we can trust Him to be with us in our times of overwhelming stress.

God continually calls us to come to Him with our burdens and find rest for our souls.

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 11:28, 29

He invites us to cast our worries on Him because He Cares

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7

He invites us to come to His throne and ask for mercy and grace to help us in our time of need.

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

He Heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds, and understands.

He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

Psalm 147: 3-5

When we cannot comprehend why we find ourselves in the places we are…our hearts can reach to the God of all Comfort to find the strength that we need to get through that day and to know that there will be help and hope for all the tomorrows.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4