Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 4:7-9
As human beings, we are guaranteed the presence of trials in our lives. To the Christian trials provide an opportunity to trust in and rely on the Lord for help.
Trials come in all form; spiritual burdens concerning our loved ones, our own needs, physical pain and suffering, financial stress, etc. If we focus on the problems alone without faith and do not trust in the One who is able to meet those needs, we will become disheartened and discouraged.
The Lord has promised to be with us and not to forsake us. He tells us that He will take our human frailties and weaknesses and make them strong points for His glory and honor. (Hebrews 11:34)
When you are facing the problems of life resist the temptation to focus on the problem. Instead, remain fixed on the faithful character of God. He has a purpose and a plan in everything He allows to come our way. Pressures only prove that which is genuine in our faith. We can only gain by realizing the weak areas that need strengthening.
Keep close to the Lord, and do not allow anything to hinder your relationship with Him. Our confidence will rise as the character of God becomes greater and more trustworthy to our spiritual understanding. This is accomplished by walking close to Him.
Read and take to heart the following thoughts that your heart might be encouraged in the never-changing character of our Lord.
Scripture Reading: Psalm 1:1-3
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 10:22
Some in the Christian church are not sure of what they believe about the human conscience. The Word of God reminds us that conscience is always on God's side, judging conduct in the light of the moral law, either excusing or accusing.
By conscience, we mean that which always refers to right and wrong. Conscience never deals with theories. Conscience always deals with right and wrong, and the relation of the individual to that which is right or wrong.
Conscience singles a man out. It never deals in plurals, always in the singular. It never allows you to lean on another. It is as though no one else exists.
In the Scriptures, conscience refers to moral insight-it means to see completely, (an inward awareness). God allows us to know right from wrong in order for us to deal with in issues in our life. Dealing properly with sin in our lives is the only way to keep our hearts and conscience pure in God's sight. This is the only way we can live a victorious Christian life.
There is a ground of conscience. That ground of human conscience is the secret presence of Christ in the world. Christ is in the world, and His secret presence is the ground of human conscience. It is a moral awareness which brings about a moral responsibility on man's part. John 1:9 - "that was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world." This light is the ground of moral conscience.
Some men do have a good conscience, while others turn away from a good conscience in stubbornness. When man turns aside and will not listen, their "religion becomes vain janglings". As a result, it is easy to live carelessly because the conscience has been put away. All the sermons in the world will be wasted if there is not a good clear conscience. This results in one not being able to respond nor receive truth.
There are those who can only speak lies because their conscience has been seared with a hot iron. Their conscience has been turned aside. These usually fall away into false doctrine, running from truth. When a conscience has been seared, one has chosen to play with fire and has burned his conscience (calloused it until he can handle the hot iron of sin without cringing).
There are others who are living with a defiled conscience. These are men and women who are corrupt inwardly. Even their language has been affected. They have come to the place of not being capable of making right choices. They are spiritual shipwrecks. Their hearts and conscience are already hard.
It is fatal to silence the inward voice. The most blessed thing in the whole world is when God gives freedom to the laboring conscience -- the heart suddenly knows itself clean, and the burdens lift. One of the most wonderful experiences is to know "a sprinkled conscience".
It is most dangerous when men become afraid of listening to their conscience. The conscience can be damaged in this way. Don't damage your conscience -- if you do, you will damage your soul. It is always fatal to silence the inner voice -- your conscience.