Keep your conscience clear


As Christians, we have a head start in life – we know right from wrong, while those who choose not to live the life lack the great opportunity to identify right from wrong. To them everything is “right” and it “feels good” – everything isn’t always going to take you to the next level, but none the less “all is right” and it “feels good”.

As a child, your parents/guardians probably taught you right from wrong, but as you grew older, those ethical morals and values slowly but surely might’ve lost its value. Those values lost its value not due to inflation or taxations or some economical explanation; it lost its value because we chose as developing teens to suppress/ignore those values and/or morals and chose to do what “feels good”. Instead of applying those values taught by our parents/guardians, we might’ve chosen to follow our peers into performing activities that “felt good” at that stage. The dilemma which the “feel good” sensation brings is that it has no room for right and/or wrong values, and if we look at the world system of activities, normally the things that “feel good” are those that are immoral.

Choosing to do what is right, automatically goes against what the world standards allow – and please note that Jesus says in His Word that His Kingdom if not of this world (John 18 v 36). He also says in John 8 v 23; “I am not of this world.”, also we are told that we should not be conformed to this world in Romans 12 v 2. For this very reason, we are to discern what is of this world, and what is of God; the question is; how do we discern? When speaking to the Romans, Paul educates them by saying in chapter 6 v 16: Surely you know that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. Anything or anyone you follow will be your master. You can follow sin, or you can obey God. Following sin brings spiritual death, but obeying God makes you right with him.

Look at it this way, your mind is like a distribution centre – before goods can be delivered to its destination, it has to arrive in the distribution centre, from there it will be decided where what goes. The same applies to a thought – before a thought can become an action, it has to materialize in the mind (hence the term; the mind is the battlefield) – if one decide to cancel the action while still in the mind, you are still fine, but once the thought had been actioned – needless to say, there will be consequences. It all this start in the mind, but as children of God Almighty, He is our Shepherd, and we are the sheep.
The bible says in the book of Psalm, chapter 23; that the Lord Is my shepherd. Now please note that with knowing that the Lord is my shepherd, we should also know that, that makes me a sheep – in the book of Isaiah, chapter 53 verse 6 states that “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This means we were like sheep that had no shepherd, wandering around meaningless – but now we have a shepherd who can and do speak to us.
In the book of John, Chapter 10, verse 3 it speaks of the sheep that listens to the voice of the gatekeeper (shepherd) He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out… Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.” Let it be known my friend that God, by means of His Holy Spirit is this shepherd.

Jesus also spoke about leaving the comforter behind for us, and further in the book of John, you can read that the comforter will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16). With this is mind, lets turn our bibles to Romans, chapter 2 verse 15. Here Paul speaks about people that are not by birth right linked to the Israelites (who received no commandment to follow the law), yet their ways, their works, their lives depicts a people who have the law written in their heart. Furthermore, he explains that their consciences and/or thoughts either accuse them (when doing wrongful things) or inform them when they are doing right.

Now here is the task. Link Romans 2 v 15 to John 16 v 8.

Jesus in the book of John speaks of the Holy Spirit that will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, while Paul in Romans speaks of the conscience performing this same activity.

Paul writes furthermore about keeping our conscience clear. (1Timothy 1:19) Cling 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.
We should remember and understand that God spirit lives within us, and that we should open our mind, and listen to Him when we feel convicted. The bible declares that God is Spirit and we should live in the spirit – we should thus focus on hearing and listening to and when the spirit of God convicts us through our conscience. Keeping our conscience clear and listening to our conscience speak, is thus an act of obedience to the Spirit of God that lives within us.
Where ever you look, you’ll see that people are looking for answers, their world seem lost-they do not have the answers to their questions, in other words, not only do they seem lost, they really are lost. Little do they realise that things do not have to be like this. The answer is available if only we are to spend some time listening.
The voice of God will speak to you if you are prepared to listen to Him, but like the saying goes: the sheep will recognise the voice of his shepherd. The question remains, will you be able to distinguish between the voice of The Father in heaven and the voice of the father of all lies. We all know that the mind is the battlefield of good and evil, you have to override every evil thought during its offspring already. During the time when you override the evil thoughts, you have achieved victory, just like Jesus did when He was tested during His last of the forty days of fasting after His baptism – Jesus was and will always be victorious over Lucifer.
As Jesus was victorious over the devil, every sinner can be victorious over the devil, but yet we struggle to be. Why is it so difficult to fight the devil? The Bible says that our fight is not against the flesh and blood, but against all evil spirits, now we can beat these evil spirits by putting our faith in the Lord our saviour. We must not forget to put on the armour of God (read Ephesians 6 verse11) needed to fight against satan and his army, without these armour we will lose the battle and will be thrown into the endless pit to be there for the rest of our life after this lifetime.
When God speaks, we need to listen to what He has to say, failing to listen will be the downfall. When saying listen, it`s not merely hearing, but also acting upon the spoken voice of God.
Lets take a scenario where God spoke to His people back in the Old Testament, if Noah did not listen to the Word of God (read Genesis 6), what would have happened to humanity? Thoughts must have gone through the minds of the people living during those days that he might be crazy, just bare in mind that it never rained on the earth before Noah’s ark; he had to build the ark in the middle of a desert. What if he did not listen to God? Think about this, when God gave instruction to His people to enter the Promised land, some of His people were scared and did not have faith, but a few. Caleb said that we could easily (read Numbers 13 verse30). Once again God spoke to His people and they would not listen, but a few, due to that few God allowed them to enter the Promised Land.
Obedience begins with listening not merely hearing, but also acting upon God’s spoken word. In the book of Revelation (read chapter 3 verse 20), He invites us to listen to His knock at the door, all we need to do is simply to listen (act upon the spoken word). Jesus wants to enter into your heart today; you have to open the door for Him to enter so that He can come live in you.
If we have the Spirit of God, we should have the fruits of the Spirit, which is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become glory-seeking, provoking one another, envying one another. I thus urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. Avoid what is of the works of the flesh , it is clearly revealed and are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fighting, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear.

As Christians, we have a head start in life – we know right from wrong, while those who choose not to live the life lack the great opportunity to identify right from wrong. To them everything is “right” and it “feels good” – everything isn’t always going to take you to the next level, but none the less “all is right” and it “feels good”.

As a child, your parents/guardians probably taught you right from wrong, but as you grew older, those ethical morals and values slowly but surely might’ve lost its value. Those values lost its value not due to inflation or taxations or some economical explanation; it lost its value because we chose as developing teens to suppress/ignore those values and/or morals and chose to do what “feels good”. Instead of applying those values taught by our parents/guardians, we might’ve chosen to follow our peers into performing activities that “felt good” at that stage. The dilemma which the “feel good” sensation brings is that it has no room for right and/or wrong values, and if we look at the world system of activities, normally the things that “feel good” are those that are immoral.

Choosing to do what is right, automatically goes against what the world standards allow – and please note that Jesus says in His Word that His Kingdom if not of this world (John 18 v 36). He also says in John 8 v 23; “I am not of this world.”, also we are told that we should not be conformed to this world in Romans 12 v 2. For this very reason, we are to discern what is of this world, and what is of God; the question is; how do we discern? When speaking to the Romans, Paul educates them by saying in chapter 6 v 16: Surely you know that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. Anything or anyone you follow will be your master. You can follow sin, or you can obey God. Following sin brings spiritual death, but obeying God makes you right with him.

Look at it this way, your mind is like a distribution centre – before goods can be delivered to its destination, it has to arrive in the distribution centre, from there it will be decided where what goes. The same applies to a thought – before a thought can become an action, it has to materialize in the mind (hence the term; the mind is the battlefield) – if one decide to cancel the action while still in the mind, you are still fine, but once the thought had been actioned – needless to say, there will be consequences. It all this start in the mind, but as children of God Almighty, He is our Shepherd, and we are the sheep.
The bible says in the book of Psalm, chapter 23; that the Lord Is my shepherd. Now please note that with knowing that the Lord is my shepherd, we should also know that, that makes me a sheep – in the book of Isaiah, chapter 53 verse 6 states that “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This means we were like sheep that had no shepherd, wandering around meaningless – but now we have a shepherd who can and do speak to us.
In the book of John, Chapter 10, verse 3 it speaks of the sheep that listens to the voice of the gatekeeper (shepherd) He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out… Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.” Let it be known my friend that God, by means of His Holy Spirit is this shepherd.

Jesus also spoke about leaving the comforter behind for us, and further in the book of John, you can read that the comforter will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16). With this is mind, lets turn our bibles to Romans, chapter 2 verse 15. Here Paul speaks about people that are not by birth right linked to the Israelites (who received no commandment to follow the law), yet their ways, their works, their lives depicts a people who have the law written in their heart. Furthermore, he explains that their consciences and/or thoughts either accuse them (when doing wrongful things) or inform them when they are doing right.

Now here is the task. Link Romans 2 v 15 to John 16 v 8.

Jesus in the book of John speaks of the Holy Spirit that will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, while Paul in Romans speaks of the conscience performing this same activity.

Paul writes furthermore about keeping our conscience clear. (1Timothy 1:19) Cling 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.
We should remember and understand that God spirit lives within us, and that we should open our mind, and listen to Him when we feel convicted. The bible declares that God is Spirit and we should live in the spirit – we should thus focus on hearing and listening to and when the spirit of God convicts us through our conscience. Keeping our conscience clear and listening to our conscience speak, is thus an act of obedience to the Spirit of God that lives within us.
Where ever you look, you’ll see that people are looking for answers, their world seem lost-they do not have the answers to their questions, in other words, not only do they seem lost, they really are lost. Little do they realise that things do not have to be like this. The answer is available if only we are to spend some time listening.
The voice of God will speak to you if you are prepared to listen to Him, but like the saying goes: the sheep will recognise the voice of his shepherd. The question remains, will you be able to distinguish between the voice of The Father in heaven and the voice of the father of all lies. We all know that the mind is the battlefield of good and evil, you have to override every evil thought during its offspring already. During the time when you override the evil thoughts, you have achieved victory, just like Jesus did when He was tested during His last of the forty days of fasting after His baptism – Jesus was and will always be victorious over Lucifer.
As Jesus was victorious over the devil, every sinner can be victorious over the devil, but yet we struggle to be. Why is it so difficult to fight the devil? The Bible says that our fight is not against the flesh and blood, but against all evil spirits, now we can beat these evil spirits by putting our faith in the Lord our saviour. We must not forget to put on the armour of God (read Ephesians 6 verse11) needed to fight against satan and his army, without these armour we will lose the battle and will be thrown into the endless pit to be there for the rest of our life after this lifetime.
When God speaks, we need to listen to what He has to say, failing to listen will be the downfall. When saying listen, it`s not merely hearing, but also acting upon the spoken voice of God.
Lets take a scenario where God spoke to His people back in the Old Testament, if Noah did not listen to the Word of God (read Genesis 6), what would have happened to humanity? Thoughts must have gone through the minds of the people living during those days that he might be crazy, just bare in mind that it never rained on the earth before Noah’s ark; he had to build the ark in the middle of a desert. What if he did not listen to God? Think about this, when God gave instruction to His people to enter the Promised land, some of His people were scared and did not have faith, but a few. Caleb said that we could easily (read Numbers 13 verse30). Once again God spoke to His people and they would not listen, but a few, due to that few God allowed them to enter the Promised Land.
Obedience begins with listening not merely hearing, but also acting upon God’s spoken word. In the book of Revelation (read chapter 3 verse 20), He invites us to listen to His knock at the door, all we need to do is simply to listen (act upon the spoken word). Jesus wants to enter into your heart today; you have to open the door for Him to enter so that He can come live in you.
If we have the Spirit of God, we should have the fruits of the Spirit, which is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become glory-seeking, provoking one another, envying one another. I thus urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. Avoid what is of the works of the flesh , it is clearly revealed and are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fighting, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear.

As Christians, we have a head start in life – we know right from wrong, while those who choose not to live the life lack the great opportunity to identify right from wrong. To them everything is “right” and it “feels good” – everything isn’t always going to take you to the next level, but none the less “all is right” and it “feels good”.

As a child, your parents/guardians probably taught you right from wrong, but as you grew older, those ethical morals and values slowly but surely might’ve lost its value. Those values lost its value not due to inflation or taxations or some economical explanation; it lost its value because we chose as developing teens to suppress/ignore those values and/or morals and chose to do what “feels good”. Instead of applying those values taught by our parents/guardians, we might’ve chosen to follow our peers into performing activities that “felt good” at that stage. The dilemma which the “feel good” sensation brings is that it has no room for right and/or wrong values, and if we look at the world system of activities, normally the things that “feel good” are those that are immoral.

Choosing to do what is right, automatically goes against what the world standards allow – and please note that Jesus says in His Word that His Kingdom if not of this world (John 18 v 36). He also says in John 8 v 23; “I am not of this world.”, also we are told that we should not be conformed to this world in Romans 12 v 2. For this very reason, we are to discern what is of this world, and what is of God; the question is; how do we discern? When speaking to the Romans, Paul educates them by saying in chapter 6 v 16: Surely you know that you become the slaves of whatever you give yourselves to. Anything or anyone you follow will be your master. You can follow sin, or you can obey God. Following sin brings spiritual death, but obeying God makes you right with him.

Look at it this way, your mind is like a distribution centre – before goods can be delivered to its destination, it has to arrive in the distribution centre, from there it will be decided where what goes. The same applies to a thought – before a thought can become an action, it has to materialize in the mind (hence the term; the mind is the battlefield) – if one decide to cancel the action while still in the mind, you are still fine, but once the thought had been actioned – needless to say, there will be consequences. It all this start in the mind, but as children of God Almighty, He is our Shepherd, and we are the sheep.
The bible says in the book of Psalm, chapter 23; that the Lord Is my shepherd. Now please note that with knowing that the Lord is my shepherd, we should also know that, that makes me a sheep – in the book of Isaiah, chapter 53 verse 6 states that “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and Yahweh has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” This means we were like sheep that had no shepherd, wandering around meaningless – but now we have a shepherd who can and do speak to us.
In the book of John, Chapter 10, verse 3 it speaks of the sheep that listens to the voice of the gatekeeper (shepherd) He calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out… Whenever he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him; for they don’t know the voice of strangers.” Let it be known my friend that God, by means of His Holy Spirit is this shepherd.

Jesus also spoke about leaving the comforter behind for us, and further in the book of John, you can read that the comforter will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16). With this is mind, lets turn our bibles to Romans, chapter 2 verse 15. Here Paul speaks about people that are not by birth right linked to the Israelites (who received no commandment to follow the law), yet their ways, their works, their lives depicts a people who have the law written in their heart. Furthermore, he explains that their consciences and/or thoughts either accuse them (when doing wrongful things) or inform them when they are doing right.

Now here is the task. Link Romans 2 v 15 to John 16 v 8.

Jesus in the book of John speaks of the Holy Spirit that will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment, while Paul in Romans speaks of the conscience performing this same activity.

Paul writes furthermore about keeping our conscience clear. (1Timothy 1:19) Cling 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.
We should remember and understand that God spirit lives within us, and that we should open our mind, and listen to Him when we feel convicted. The bible declares that God is Spirit and we should live in the spirit – we should thus focus on hearing and listening to and when the spirit of God convicts us through our conscience. Keeping our conscience clear and listening to our conscience speak, is thus an act of obedience to the Spirit of God that lives within us.
Where ever you look, you’ll see that people are looking for answers, their world seem lost-they do not have the answers to their questions, in other words, not only do they seem lost, they really are lost. Little do they realise that things do not have to be like this. The answer is available if only we are to spend some time listening.
The voice of God will speak to you if you are prepared to listen to Him, but like the saying goes: the sheep will recognise the voice of his shepherd. The question remains, will you be able to distinguish between the voice of The Father in heaven and the voice of the father of all lies. We all know that the mind is the battlefield of good and evil, you have to override every evil thought during its offspring already. During the time when you override the evil thoughts, you have achieved victory, just like Jesus did when He was tested during His last of the forty days of fasting after His baptism – Jesus was and will always be victorious over Lucifer.
As Jesus was victorious over the devil, every sinner can be victorious over the devil, but yet we struggle to be. Why is it so difficult to fight the devil? The Bible says that our fight is not against the flesh and blood, but against all evil spirits, now we can beat these evil spirits by putting our faith in the Lord our saviour. We must not forget to put on the armour of God (read Ephesians 6 verse11) needed to fight against satan and his army, without these armour we will lose the battle and will be thrown into the endless pit to be there for the rest of our life after this lifetime.
When God speaks, we need to listen to what He has to say, failing to listen will be the downfall. When saying listen, it`s not merely hearing, but also acting upon the spoken voice of God.
Lets take a scenario where God spoke to His people back in the Old Testament, if Noah did not listen to the Word of God (read Genesis 6), what would have happened to humanity? Thoughts must have gone through the minds of the people living during those days that he might be crazy, just bare in mind that it never rained on the earth before Noah’s ark; he had to build the ark in the middle of a desert. What if he did not listen to God? Think about this, when God gave instruction to His people to enter the Promised land, some of His people were scared and did not have faith, but a few. Caleb said that we could easily (read Numbers 13 verse30). Once again God spoke to His people and they would not listen, but a few, due to that few God allowed them to enter the Promised Land.
Obedience begins with listening not merely hearing, but also acting upon God’s spoken word. In the book of Revelation (read chapter 3 verse 20), He invites us to listen to His knock at the door, all we need to do is simply to listen (act upon the spoken word). Jesus wants to enter into your heart today; you have to open the door for Him to enter so that He can come live in you.
If we have the Spirit of God, we should have the fruits of the Spirit, which is: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become glory-seeking, provoking one another, envying one another. I thus urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. Avoid what is of the works of the flesh , it is clearly revealed and are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lustfulness, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, fighting, jealousies, angers, rivalries, divisions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and things like these; of which I tell you before, as I also said before, that they who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

I urge you, please cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear.

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