|Jesus says in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“According to this arrangement, gifts and sacrifices are offered which cannot perfect the conscience of the worshiper.” Hebrews 9:9
A clean conscience differs from a clear conscience in that with the former you can know that you are guilty and still be clean. Our Lord’s propitious death makes this possible. You can have a clear conscience without being clean in that you may be guilty while “searing your conscience with a hot iron.”357 Just because you talked your conscience into excusing you does not mean that you are innocent. To have a clean conscience you need the satisfaction of justice.
There is a second ingredient in obtaining a clean conscience, however, and that is, you must realize that you cannot shape another’s destiny. When people sin they participate in God’s eternal plan negatively; they do not alter His plan. When King David murdered Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba, Uriah arrived in the presence of God on time. Uriah did not die early. David elected to participate in God’s plan negatively by having Uriah killed, and God held David accountable for his sin. Thus David realized that “against Thee and Thee only have I sinned.”358
Let’s say you go hunting with your best friend and accidentally kill him, leaving a widow with five children. How do you forgive yourself and make amends? You can try to be a surrogate father, set up a trust fund for the education of the children, etc., but how much is enough? If you conclude that you must cleanse your own conscience, you will never be able to answer that question. You must realize that you did not alter the destiny of your friend, even though you killed him. God may want you to make restitution, but it cannot be according to your conscience or the will of the offended party. It must be according to the will of God. Never use restitution to alleviate guilt. Only the blood of Christ can remove your guilt.
357 I Timothy 4:2
Isaiah 26-27 Philippians 2 (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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