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An Awakened Conscience

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But the Spirit explicitly says that in the later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron." 1 Timothy 4:1-2

 Before you came to Christ you were mostly untroubled by your conscience. You could practice sin and sleep well. But when the Lord called you and began to convict you through His Spirit, your conscience was abruptly awakened and was sensitive to the will of God. This new found awareness of sin made sin to be utterly wicked to you.

Paul said that with his mind he agreed with the Law of God but painfully found that his agreement didnít wholly prevent him from breaking it. He cried, -"Oh wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death!"

 He was asking who would save him from himself. The Apostleís conscience was awakened to righteousness and to sin and he felt the pain of the violation. But Paulís conclusion is one that as Christians, we all must come to receive by faith, -"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death." (Rom.8)

God wants our conscience to be sensitive and our hearts to be soft so that we can truly hate evil and love righteousness, but we must not give the devil opportunity by receiving lying accusations against us. Though the body of sin and death is present with us, it is not us - we are a new creation in Christ and in Him there is no condemnation.

 No saint past, present or future has the power to produce a righteousness worthy of the presence of the Lord. This is why God not only removes our sins, but clothes us with the righteousness of His Son.

The devil wants to accuse you but the Lord has already declared you innocent in Christ.

Paul concluded that since he hated sin, loved the Law of God and wanted to obey it, that anything short of that was not produced by him but by the body of death present with him. Paul did not own the sin, he acknowledged the righteousness.

 An awakened conscience and a sincere heart must receive the truth that we are in Christ, and in Him there is no sin.

However, we must be sure that we are living in Christ for there are many who profess His name who are not. Jesus said that those who keep the Commandments abide in Him, so do not be deceived into believing that you are living in the truth of Christ while practicing lawless rebellion. "Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you - unless indeed you fail the test?" (2 Cor.13)

 

 

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