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Cultivating A Christian Conscience

Always let your conscience be your guide. Most probably remember that line from Pinocchio. That is what the cricket preached to the wooden boy. But what if your conscience is seared? Personally if I followed my conscience from 10 years ago I would still be a selfish drunk who didn’t care about anyone else in the world. So take that line but put your conscience to the test. By that I mean to test it with God’s inspired word. 

My conscience from 10 years ago was significantly seared and corrupted by years of drinking and doing nothing for anyone else. Even if I did do something for someone else the motives in my head were selfish. I knew right from wrong but I didn’t want to acknowledge it. Drowning out that small voice of reason with alcohol and partying lead to ruined relationships and fake friendships.

1 Timothy 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

There was hypocrisy. I knew what I should be doing yet I continued to ignore those things. Dismissing my conscience as the weaker me and constantly drowning it out makes it hard to hear. It’s hard to hear until God’s word finds you. Slowly his word came through and I didn’t want to drown it out. Nor could I drown it out. It has become the governing body that rules my thoughts. And it is only by grace that I have been saved. Delivered from that corrupt conscience. 

Titus 1:15-16  Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

We see the seared consciences of the secular world promoting their depraved ideas in every facet of our lives. The time for ignoring those things and just “living our lives” is not sufficient anymore. Standing on the firm foundation of Christ we need to make known our position on every issue that is being twisted and maligned.

“My conscience is captive to the Word of God,” he told his accusers. “I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.” These are the words Martin Luther said when he was asked to recant the statements he made against the Roman Catholic Church . Praise the Lord he made those statements and stood by them! 

So then we must do the same. Whenever the world promotes ideas that contradict Scripture we should be willing to stand against them. Stand firm knowing that the all powerful God of the Bible is behind us and for us. 

About Matthew S

I'm currently a Deacon at a Baptist Church in the process of becoming an elder. I have an amazing wife and one son. Currently work in a box/puzzle factory. I enjoy studying God's word, lifting weights, hiking, hunting and fishing.

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  1. Hello Matthew,


    Thank you for sharing this message and sharing of your experience which makes it that more powerful.

    May God continue to bless you and bring you peace all the days of your life, as you journey forward serving and loving the LORD, as evidenced in all you do.

    Really enjoyed your article.

    Have a blessed day~

  2. Thank you for your kind words.
    God bless.

  3. Your past lifestyle compared to who your are today because of your relationship with the Lord states the fact that there is hope for anyone who can identify with you. So it is a rewarding acknowledgment on your behalf by sharing your own weaknesses so that others can understand that we have a fallen nature from birth but there is The One and only answer to our dilemma. We all can be overcomer through Christ our Lord no matter what we have done in our past.
    Hopefully many people will read your testimony and put their faith in the Savior and come to know the real peace that they are looking for because they won’t find it until they come to know the Prince of Peace!
    Joy will follow because of His amazing grace.
    Thank you for your message of hope to those ensnared by sin.

  4. Great article, Matt. I so appreciate that you take the time to write truth and tell your story so that you may lead others to Christ. I had not had a chance to read this one yet, but I am glad I took the time to today. It was a timely message. Thank you for sharing.

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