TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, May 02, 2018:
CONSCIENCE - PART TWO
Impelling one toward the right action; the complex of ethical and moral principles that controls the actions or thoughts of an individual.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
We began these comments yesterday on CONSCIENCE. If you missed yesterday go to our web site --www.worldbiblesociety.org -- and click on DEVOTIONALS and then click on yesterday’s date (May 1) and read them.
Today we will share some thoughts on our conscience being our protector and guide.
Our conscience protects us by judging our though process in three areas: our attitude, our conduct and our behavior. It is like spiritual radar sending out signals to us reminding that danger is near. It acts like a warning system that sends a stop signal whenever we veer off in the wrong direction.
The conscience has been designed by God to protect us from temptations and sin, and we must be careful not to violate it by taking that first step in the wrong direction. To do so is like driving through a red traffic light and into the path of destruction. When that warning comes we have to make a choice to either abide by its direction or to defy it and suffer the consequences. If we listen to our conscience and respond by what we know is right we will be walking in God’s will and will enjoy His blessings.
You may ask the question: “Can we really trust our conscience to be our guide.” Our conscience can be damaged and not always reliable. Wrong choices will cause this damage. We can be sure it is working properly when we follow these thoughts.
We can trust our conscience when we have accepted the Word of God as the basis of our conduct. If we take seriously the Ten Commandments as well as the instructions we have in the New Testament for proper living we can have total confidence in our conscience. We need to program our conscience with the teaching of scripture.
We also can trust our conscience as a guide when we have a strong desire to obey the Lord and if we prayerfully consider all decisions we make.
We all must be alert to alarms we might receive from our conscience. When you face a situation and have doubts about what is the right thing to do -- watch out! Do not make a decision until you are assured it is what the Lord would have you do. When you feel guilty and know you have disobeyed what you believe, change course fast and get on the right track. It is time to seek God’s direction by reading God’s Word daily and turning to Him in prayer.
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?
Help me to learn to respond better to my conscience when the alerts come daily. Help me to saturate my mind in Your Word so that my conscience will be controlled by Your Holy Spirit.
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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