Acts 24:16 A Clear Conscience

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So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. Acts 24:16

Paul had been going around Jerusalem preaching the gospel message. Some people grabbed him and took him to the officials saying that he was stirring up trouble in the city. Paul answered what he was doing and that always strived to be innocent of any wrongdoing before God or any person.

A clear conscience is one that believes that one has never done anything wrong to anyone. Most people in the world feel as though they are not doing wrong to anyone regardless of what they are doing. People tend to believe that they are in the right in what they are doing whether it is good or bad.

There are others who don’t care what other people think about their actions. These people will do whatever they want, when they want, without concern for others.

Most people suppress their conscience and deny what they know to be wrong or ignore what is right.

Believers will often fall into this same type of thinking in their own lives. They will feel as though they are following God, regardless of how they are treating others.

Paul took both God and other people in consideration in what he did. He wanted to be clear of any wrongdoing with both God and man.

When a believer has a clear conscience before God, he should also have a clear conscience before man. God wants every believer to love every person, both enemy and friend. When this is done, no harm will be done, no bad words will be said, and all that will be shown is love.

One should not strive to keep a clear conscience before God and ignore other people. And one should not keep a clear conscience before man and ignore God. It has to be both.

As you look at your life, ask God to reveal where you may have done something wrong, both to Him and to others. Strive to make it right.

Also as you deal with other people in your life, live your life in a way that honors God and others. Strive to live a life that has done no wrong to anyone else in any way. Always show love, grace and mercy to everyone you meet. This way your conscience will always be clear of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will repent of any wrongdoings to God; that God will strengthen you to always chose the right action; that you will be clear of any wrongs done to others; and that you will be the example of Jesus on this earth.

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Hebrews 9:14 A Greater Cleansing

“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14

Throughout the Old Testament high priests had to offer goats and other animals as a sacrifice for the sins of the people. It was looked upon as a great thing. Yet, all it did was cover up the sins of the people. Those sacrifices were unable to remove the sins.

When Jesus came, He came as the High Priest. He had to offer a sacrifice, not for His owns sins, but for the sins of all the people of the world. The sacrifice He chose was the perfect one–Himself.

He went into God’s presence as the High Priest to offer His sacrifice. He laid Himself upon the altar of God–the cross. There He shed His blood for every sin of every person throughout all time.

The author of Hebrews now is saying think about this. If the blood of those animals was great, even though they really did not do anything of eternal value, how much more valuable is the blood of Jesus?

His blood does not just cover up your sins, it removes your sins. It not only removes the sins, it clears your guilty conscience so that you may serve God.

Many believers condemn themselves because of past sins. They feel guilty about committing some sins over and over. Jesus shed His blood to remove the guilt and to cleanse your past. You may now stand holy and righteous before God.

Since you are now holy and righteous, you may also stand before God to serve Him. What does God want you to do for Him?

Kings have servants who clean floors, provide food, provide entertainment, and many other things. God wants you to reach His lost children, be the witness of Jesus, and be His hands, feet and voice in this lost world.

You may be small in the world’s and your own eyes, but to God you are a great servant if you are doing what He wants you to do.

How are you serving God today?

I pray today that God will reveal ways He wants you to serve Him; that God will provide the strength to do His work; that you will be willing to do what God wants; and that you will be holy and righteous in Jesus.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 A Burnt Conscience

“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.

2 Corinthians 4:2 Open Conscience

2 Corinthians 4:2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:2

Paul had just talked about having a ministry that has greater glory than what Moses had. With this ministry, he now states that he has renounced, done away with, all deception or distortion of God’s word. He tells the gospel message plainly for everyone to understand without using any gimmicks. He was willing to let anyone check him out for any possible false-hood.

Very often, it can be seen with ministers of the gospel using tricks to get people to hear the gospel message. They will change up the words that are spoken in order to draw people in to hear about Jesus.

Things are posted all over Facebook about if you want to be blessed, share this. Or if you love Jesus, like this and share. On television there is often speakers ask you to buy something or give something in order to receive God’s blessings.

In churches, many times the messages are watered down to draw more in. Or they set up fancy coffee shops to draw people.

Jesus said if He is lifted up, He will draw all men to Him.

How are you presenting Jesus to the world? Are you trying to trick them into believing in Jesus?

Or are you revealing the Jesus in the gospels?

If you were to go to court for what you teach and speak, would it reveal that you are speaking what the gospel message in the Bible says? Or would it reveal ways of this world?

You are to allow yourself to be an open book to the world. Your life should be revealing Jesus in truth and love. There should be no deception at all. Do not distort God’s word in any way in your life. Let only the light of Jesus to shine out in your life.

I pray today that you will know the truth found in God’s word; that you will speak the gospel message in truth and sincerity; that you will have an open conscience for all to see; that Jesus would be revealed in and through you; and that many will come to Jesus through your words.

Acts 24:16 Clear Conscience

“So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16

Paul was being held in prison for his preaching. While there the governor, Felix, came down to hear his case. Paul boldly told Felix what he had been doing. He then told Felix that he works hard at keeping his conscience clear before both God and men.

People do not always think about their conscience. They will often push it down and ignore it. When they do something wrong, they try to excuse it away and forget about it. Yet, the problem is still there.

God has allowed men’s hearts to grow cold and hardened against what is right and wrong. Many things that are acceptable now, were not even allowed to be discussed a hundred years ago. Now those things are openly proclaimed and promoted.

Some people will try to keep their conscience clear with God and ignore people. Others will work to keep their conscience clear for men but forget God.

Keeping a clear conscience is knowing in your heart and mind that you have not done anything wrong. It is knowing that you are innocent of any wrong doing.

The only way to have a clear conscience with God is to believe in Jesus and accept the cleansing of your sins by His blood. At that point you are to strive to keep your conscience clear.

With men, you must strive to never do anything wrong to anyone ever. Doing wrong can be in words or in action. It can be something very little or it can be a major wrong. Either way it is wrong.

Doing any wrong to any person is also doing wrong to God. God wants you to treat everyone like He would treat them…with love.

This will take work on your part to do. It will also take the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Is your conscience clear before men? Only you and God know that answer, men cannot see your heart and mind.

Is your conscience clear before God? Again, only you and God can know that answer.

Work at keeping your conscience clear before both men and God. Then no one will be able to accurately accuse you of anything wrong.

I pray today that you will see when you are about to do anyone wrong and change your path; that you will be filled with the Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you; that you will accept the cleansing of your conscience by the blood of Jesus; and that no one will be able to accuse you of any wrong.