The Interior Life – Part 5: The Conscience (Holy Trinity; Madison, MS)


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To support this ministry financially, visit: MESSAGE SUMMARY: The Interior Life Part 5: The Conscience(Holy Trinity; Madison, MS) INTRODUCTION TO THE INTERIOR LIFE -- The Psalmist, inPsalms 1:3-4, describes a person with a fruitful Interior Life: He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.". OurInterior Life, typically, does not call out for our attention until, usually, it is too late. OurInterior Lifedoes not call for our attention or scream for help. However, if ourInterior Lifeis not maintained or nurtured, ourspiritual lifecan come crashing down. OurInterior Lifecan be viewed like a savings account in a bank. Like a savings account when we make deposits, ourInterior Lifegrows, draws interest, and becomes strong, thereby, giving us a balance that can see us through lifes tough times. However, if we are not makingInterior Lifedeposits and our life circumstances need to draw on our savings, we may find that life has put us in an untenable situation; and we go spiritually bankrupt. Paul, in1 Thessalonians 5:23,describes the characteristics of theInnerPersonand the maintenance of theInner Person:Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.". Paul describes us as being comprised of body, soul, and spirit. OurInner Person, or OurInner Self,is all that relates to our soul and spirit. TheInterior Lifeis critical for our abundant life the part of us that is private not public; the part of us that no one sees or knows but us and God. Too often, we focus our personal care on our bodies and not our soul orInner Person. Paul, inEphesians 3:16-17,addresses or inner being: that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faiththat you, being rooted and grounded in love,". EXERCISING YOUR CONSCIENCE AS A PART OF YOUR INTERIOR LIFE -- We need to focus, today, on a portion of ourInner Selfssoul that includes our conscience the power of our mind. Ourconscienceis that part of our soul that brings our hearts and minds into knowledge of Gods requirements and expectations for living a Godly life. In1 Timothy 1:5,theconscienceis related to love: The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.. Do we have aclear consciencebefore the Lord? As an example of conscience in the Inner Life, King David was a righteous man that gave God credit for all His successes; but David, like us, was a sinner. He lusted after the beautiful wife of one of his generals. After David got the generals wife pregnant, Davids sins, like most of ours, cascaded into the murder of his general to protect his secret affair with the generals wife. Subsequently, Davidsconsciencerose to the top of hisInner SelfinPsalms 51. While David confessed and repented of his sins to God, David was forgiven by God; but the consequence of Davids sins was enormous Davids family and kingdom were disrupted; and his son, born of the adulterous affair, died. There are three aspects of ourconscience: 1) the part of our person that knows right and wrong within ourselves ourmoral compass; 2) as Christians, ourconsciencebecomes Gods moral compass within us; and 3) a reminder that we have sinned against God or our neighbor. The Holy Spirit deals withconsciencefirst and not our intellect or emotion. What happens when we ignore ourconscience: 1) we begin to dumb down the power of ourconscienceto speak into our lives; 2) even though ourconsciencespeaks to us all the time, we begin not to hear it; and 3) ourconsciencebecomes polluted by the world adefiled conscience. Ignoring ourconscienceleads us towards self-deception and depravity. How do we keep aclear conscience: 1) confess our sin to God as instructed inHebrews 10:22-23:"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.", and in1 John 1:9-10: "We confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."; 2) make aconfessionof our sin to a Christian friend; 3) sometimes,confessour sin to a minister; and 4) sometimes, we need to makerestitutionto those to whom we have sinned, when appropriate. Ourconscienceis a mighty gift to us from God if welistento it and keep aclearconscience.However, we will never have aclear consciencein ourInterior Lifeunless we, like King David,confess and repent of our sins to God and lead a new life in Jesus. TODAYS AFFIRMATION:I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM RIGHTEOUS IN GODS EYES. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21). WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACHS RECENT VIDEOS: A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: DONATE TO AWFTL: SCRIPTURE REFERENCE(ESV): Psalms 51:1-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Ephesians 2:1-8;1 Timothy 1:5-6; Job 27:6; Acts 24:16;2 Corinthians 1:12; Matthew 6:22-23; 1 Corinthians 8:7; 1 Timothy 4:1-2; Titus 1:15-16;Psalms 36:1-4; Hebrews 10:22;1 John 1:9;Romans 8:1-2; James 5:16; Proverbs 27:17; 2 Samuel 12:13;Luke 19:8;2 Timothy 1:3(Click the Bible References, in blue, below to read the full Bible textfor these Scripture References in BOLD.).

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