The first time the word “conscience” was mentioned in the Bible is John 8:9 (NKJV) We have the Pharisees trying to trap Jesus into disagreeing with the laws of Moses. They brought to Him a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery, and according to Mosaic Law she should be stoned to death. They asked Jesus what He has to say about the matter, and he said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. John 8:9 (NKJV) Most, if not all of these men, were guilty of the same sin so being convicted by their own conscience they left.
When mankind fell from God through sin he began to think of himself as having a soul instead of being one. Many today view themselves as a body, but in all reality we are a soul of thoughts and emotions that resides in a body of flesh. Our body grows old and dies, and our soul lives on forever. Man wanders around the world today a moral fool saying to himself, “If I go to hell, I will have plenty of company.” Nothing could be further from the truth. If, by your own foolish desires, you end up in hell you will be alone in total darkest with only your regrets to occupy your mind. It is a place totally devoid of the Spirit of God, and the loneliness there will crush your heart for the concern of your loved ones.
Today we do everything in our power to block our conscience. Drugs, alcohol, food, relationships, work, shopping, social and entertaining media, are all part of Satan’s plan to block the voice of our conscience. This has led to an unprecedented abundance of mental illness in today’s world. There are not many sane people left who are grounded in reality. Most of us struggle with one or more of the problems above, and this has led to mass murders, suicides, and uncontrollable depression. Every facet of our lives reveals the inner strife of mankind. If we have any kind of conscience at all, it is weak from neglect and ignored on a daily basis.
I would like to take you down the road to reality for one minute. If sin and hell is what God says it is, if God had to send His Son down to earth to be crucified on a cross, and had to die a horrible death, is it asking too much for us to believe that these things are true? We have the witness of the Holy Spirit inside of us, and if we have difficulty believing the word of God then it is evident we have sin in our life. The Holy Spirit of God operates in three different fields inside of a healthy mind. It convicts us of sin. Whether past or present, a healthy conscience tells us when we are doing wrong. It leads us to righteous living, and makes us aware of present and future judgment.
A healthy conscience guides our inner life away from sin and encourages us to do what is right. It touches our heart, and encourages us to put others first. It isolates us from the sin in our life, and separates us from evil. Man’s fear resists his conscience because it proves we are lost, and our soul is destined for universal loneliness. We stand before the anger of God, and realize our just punishment is to spend eternity in hell. We realize our mind is corrupted, and it is in need of a cure that only Jesus Christ can provide. The conscience is always on God’s side, and the inner voice will always instruct you to do what is right. It is our sonar, our radar, and our GPS to rightful living. It helps us remove the roadblocks of sin so we can have fellowship with our Creator. It is one of the main ministries of the Holy Spirit, which lives inside our mind.
All of us have had moral illumination because the Holy Spirit’s presence lights the way for the inner man to follow. It is up to us to absorb that light and take heed of its guidance. So we renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Corinthians 4:2 (NKJV) The purpose of a good conscience is to achieve a pure heart, having sincere faith, and setting an example for others to follow. We are all guilty of doing wrong. It is time we try to do what is right, and give the Holy Spirit of God an opportunity to lead us in righteous living. We start by believing what the Bible says is true, living according to the word of God, doing what the Bible says, and restraining ourselves from doing wrong.
When we take the first step there is a transaction within our human spirit, and we grow in confidence that we are forgiven . . . forgiven because God paid the ultimate sacrifice for our wrong doing. He placed His Son on a cross to pay for our sin debt, and to free us from the curse that has been on mankind since the fall of Adam. By faith God awakens our soul from its slumber of death, and touches our conscience to expose us to the conviction of our sins. This is the beginning of the process of regeneration where the Holy Spirit cleanses us from all wrong doing. He transforms us into a being of light, and in time removes all darkness from our inner being, and exposes us to the wonderful world of eternal life.
We can start this process with a simple prayer. Dear heavenly Father, I have let the confusion of this world blind me to Your presence. I believe that blocking the inner voice You have given me is a fatal flaw of my being. I pray, Father, that You remove the sin from my soul so that my conscience is once again in working order, leading me to a path of righteous living, and making it possible for me to have fellowship with You. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.