“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men” (Acts 24:16).
Offence is a great killer of destiny. Like someone rightly said, you cannot be offended and anointed at the same time. You must be careful that annoyance does not replace anointing in your life. Living life free from offences is a walk that every man of purpose and destiny must walk. It begins with having a clear conscience towards God and towards men.
Your conscience talks about your sense of rightness and wrongness. But this sense must be supplied by the Holy Spirit and sharpened by the truth of the Scriptures. If God’s Spirit and His words do not undergird your consciousness, you cannot claim to have a clear conscience. Yes, your conscience needs to be clear; free, right, perfect.
What ‘clears’ our conscience is the truth of God’s word and the operation of the Holy Spirit. No other standard or parameter would do. Have you wondered why some people do stuff and said that their conscience did not prick them? You know why? God’s Spirit and His Word have not been given preeminence in their lives. For such people, their consciousness of right and wrong is defined by the training that life has unconsciously given them.
When a person, particularly born again, has a habit of yanking off or treating with disdain, the nudging of the Holy Spirit in his every day life and relationship with people, he begins to develop a deadened conscience, or a conscience seared with hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). This kind of person may be doing what is wrong and it wouldn’t look like such to them. They can even be brutally evil and it does not move them. This kind of conscience is not clear towards God and of course, towards men.
Friend, you must realise and understand that the Faith we profess is one that works with good and pure conscience (1 Timothy 1:9, 19, 3:9). Without good conscience, you would make a shipwreck of your life and faith. This may be the reason why some people’s faith is not working. Faith has been designed to work in an environment of good (or clear) conscience. This is why the devil does everything possible to affect our conscience.
I pray that the truth shared today will come alive in your heart and life helping you live free and victorious in Jesus name!
It’s a blessed day for you!
Go and win with Jesus!
© ‘Demola Awoyele
Destiny Impact Church