1 Timothy 4:1-5
4 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
Two phrases catch my attention from this passage –
“The Holy Spirit tells us clearly…”
“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