TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, September 13, 2019:
The inner sense of what is right or wrong in one’s conduct or motives which; impelling one toward right action; the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls a person’s actions and thoughts.
This charge I commit to you Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage a good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.
I Timothy 1:18-19.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The conscience is God’s early warning system for alerting a true believer in Him to potential danger. It monitors our emotions, thoughts, and conduct. Think of the conscience as a radar system that notifies us of possible trouble, usually without specifically identifying the problem. The principles and standards that we learned and presently hold in our heart from our parents, time in Church and reading God’s Word determine the sensitivity of our conscience.
For example, if we believe that lying is wrong, an alarm will sound when we start to shade the truth. But if we have not set for ourselves biblical standards to live by, we will think that lies are justified and our conscience will be silent. Simply said, when programmed with the truth of God’s Word, the conscience of a true believer in the Lord has great worth to the Christian. It detects deviations from the Lord’s standards and sends out a warning. The Holy Spirit uses that warning signal to get our attention to let us know the difference between right and wrong. When we feel uncomfortable doing what we are doing it is our conscience speaking.
Failure to listen to our inner alarm can bring serious consequences. For example, Adam and Eve knew what God expected of them (Genesis 2:15-17). But when tempted, they ignored their conscience warning and sinned against God. Their sin brought horrible consequences. It brought spiritual and physical death. Immediately they were separated from communion with God. They no longer enjoyed the fellowship with God they once enjoyed. They also would die physically. From that point on all mankind inherited Adam’s sin nature and suffer the same consequences of spiritual and physical death.
May we suggest that when your conscience sounds an alarm, stop and take notice rather than continuing on the course you were going. If you repeatedly ignore your internal warning system it will decrease its effectiveness at keeping you out of trouble. And more important -- if you say you never hear from your conscience, check carefully today what your relationship is with Jesus. Ask God, after you are certain you know Him as your Savior, to help you program your inner alarm with His truth and sharpen your ability to hear it.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Corinthians 15:58.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
Help me to be diligent in reading Your Word and help me program my inner alarm system so that I am sensitive to respond to warnings from my conscience. Help me to choose to discern between right and wrong and to make decisions that will honor You and produce Your will in my life.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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