“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.” 1 Timothy 4:1-2
All throughout time there have been people who have been followers of Jesus that decided, for some reason or other, to stop being a believer. Some have walked completely away from belief in Jesus, while others have started to follow a path saying they follow Jesus, but not the Jesus of the Bible. They have been deceived by those being led by demons and liars. These liars have had their conscience seared or burnt.
When a person burns a part of his body, that part usually loses feeling for a time, if not permanently. Think about a time when you were eating something hot (in temperature), your tongue gets burned. For a while you cannot taste anything clearly.
In this same way a person’s conscience can be burned by deceptions. The more it is burned the less it is aware of things happening. This type of burning is a little by little. It teaches the conscience to not be aware of something bad.
In martial arts, students will hit their hand into a bucket of sand to strengthen and numb the nerves in the hand. This is done to allow a harder hit on something.
The world is constantly setting things out little by little to change their conscience. What was not acceptable yesterday, becomes acceptable today because of the searing of the conscience.
Every believer needs to be aware of the lies that are being told around them all the time. Do not allow the deception into your life and heart. The world says you need things or a god, but not Jesus.
Stay grounded in God’s Word and know the truth. Jesus is the truth and He will set you free. Do not allow your conscience to become burnt and numb to the schemes of the devil.
I pray today that God will open your eyes to the lies around you; that God will help you flee all lies of the enemy; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to keep your heart soft and alive; that you will keep your heart sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.