Friday 7 February, 2014

1 Timothy 4:1-5

4 The Holy Spirit clearly says that in the last days some people will leave the faith. They will follow spirits that will fool them. They will believe things that demons will teach them. 2 Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been burned as if with a hot iron. 3 They do not allow people to get married. They order them not to eat certain foods. But God created those foods. So people who believe and know the truth should receive them and give thanks for them. 4 Everything God created is good. You shouldn’t turn anything down. Instead, you should thank God for it. 5 The word of God and prayer make it holy.

Two phrases catch my attention from this passage –

“The Holy Spirit tells us clearly…”

And …

“Their consciences are dead”

It’s in my conscience that I hear the Holy Spirit speak clearly. If my conscience is dead my walk with God is dead.

Keeping a clear conscience is a matter of life and death!

We have a fire alarm system at work. If the “whoop whoop” siren goes off we drop everything, run and get to safety immediately.

My conscience is the same. If the alarm of my conscience goes off because of sin I need to drop everything and run. My life depends on it.

Lord, help me have a correct attitude toward sin in my life. Tune my ears to hear the fire alarm of my conscience and get out of sinful situations.  Amen.

Written by Boudy vanNoppen

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