|“When we were new in faith, many of us looked at works — Bible study, prayer, service, tithing — as ways to get God to respond to us. But as we grow in faith, we come to understand that works are not meant to get God to respond to us. Rather, works are the inevitable response to the goodness and grace He has already lavished upon us. When I consider that I’m going to Heaven, that my sins are forgiven, that God has given me His Word, that the Holy Spirit lives within me — I have no other choice but to serve Him wholeheartedly.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“To the pure all things are pure, but to the corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are corrupted.” Titus 1:15
A person can believe that it is wrong to murder, but if someone breaks into his home and threatens his family, he can take the intruder’s life without his conscience bothering him. All he has to do is convince himself that the intruder was his enemy and he can justify the killing, possibly even feel good about doing it. The ease with which you can override your conscience should sober you.
People can violate their conscience with no sense of pain or regret for doing it. The serial killer may even enjoy the act of killing. His conscience remains intact; he knows right from wrong, evidenced by his ability to identify wrong in other circumstances. Society incarcerates the mentally insane, but not because they have no conscience. Rather, it is due to their establishing values that are at variance with society’s. Such a person may consider it wrong to kill an animal, and permissible to kill humans. Most people override their conscience regarding speed limits every day. The difference between them and the mentally insane is their value system rather than their conscience; society condones one and not the other. Although conscience has its origin in God, it is appreciably influenced by society.
Your purpose or worldview shapes your values, which in tum shape your conscience. Without a biblical purpose your appetites will shape your values. At that point you are heading toward being impure with a corrupted conscience. Society cannot help you. Only God can.
Isaiah 20-22 Ephesians 6 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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