TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, May 01, 2018:
The inner sense of what is right or wrong in ones conduct or motive; moral sensitivity.
This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
I Timothy 1:18-20
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Can you trust your conscience to guide you to make the right choices? This is an important question because as believers in Jesus, we are called to live sanctified lives that are fully surrendered to Christ.
Although we all know that this is God’s will for us and that He is constantly working in us toward this purpose, we have a responsibility in the process, which most of us neglect, and habitually we live the way that we please and ignore God’s Commandments to live a godly life.
God has given every person a conscience to guard and guide them. Our conscience should remind us that some attitudes, thoughts, words and actions do not fit our identity with Christ. The more committed we are to Christ the louder our conscience will be.
In the above verse the Apostle Paul reminds us with a warning that spiritual shipwreck comes to those who feel conviction of their conscience and reject its signals. God gave us a conscience for our protection but if we plow through life without obeying the counsel, which we know is right, it is no use to us.
Finally, our conscience is a universal gift of God and distinguishes for us between what is morally right or wrong. Our conscience urges us to do what we know is right and restrains us from what we know is wrong. Our conscience passes judgement on our acts for us and executes that judgement within our souls. God uses our conscience to make us aware of our guilt and to fill our hearts with remorse.
We have some more thoughts on this to share with you tomorrow.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Jeremiah 17:9.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?
Thank you, dear Lord, for reminding me daily to listen to the warnings in life that my conscience gives me. Help me to study Your Word daily and spend time communicating to You so that my conscience can be prompted by Your Holy Spirit 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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