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1 TIMOTHY 1:5

WHAT IS CONSCIENCE?
CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S UMPIRE
—DANIEL 2:21

CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S DIVINE COMPASS


PSALMS 119:105

CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S GPS


MATTHEW 2:1, 9
CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SURGICAL
TOOL—HEBREWS 4:12

CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SONAR


JONAH 2:1, 2; 2:2

CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S RADAR


PSALMS 139:7, 8
CONSCIENCE DICTATES NOT
DEBATES

JESUS TOLD NICODEMUS, “…YOU MUST


BE BORN AGAIN.”
CONSCIENCE IS DIVINITY INTERACTING
WITH HUMANITY
GENESIS 2:7

And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust


of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils
the breath of life; and man became a living
soul.
CONSCIENCE MUST BE EDUCATED

PROVERBS 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he
is old, he will not depart from it.

ILLUSTRATION:
 CONSCIENCE—TELL THE TRUTH!

 ADVERSARY—DON’T TELL IT!

 WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?


CONSCIENCE SCREAMS: YOU’RE IN A
MESS—WHY NOT CONFESS!

WHAT MADE …

 ADAM AND EVE HIDE FROM GOD?


 PILATE’S WIFE SAID, “HAVE NOTHING TO DO
WITH THIS MAN!”
 JUDAS SAID, “I HAVE BETRAYED INNOCENT
BLOOD.”
 JACOB RAN FROM ESAU…BIRTHRIGHT?
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE?
JACOB NEEDED A PURE CONSCIENCE,
AND NOT AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED
MESSAGE.

TESTIMONIES, VOL 5, p. 301


If the preaching is of an emotional character, it
will affect the feelings, but not the heart and
conscience.
BIBLE: FOUR KINDS OF
CONSCIENCES

1. CONVICTED CONSCIENCE—JOHN 8:9

2. SEARED CONSCIENCE—1 TIMOTHY 4:2

3. PURE CONSCIENCE—1 TIMOTHY 3:9

4. DEFILED CONSCIENCE—TITUS 1:15


1. CONVICTED CONSCIENCE
 STORY: JOHN 8:1-9-11 [WOMAN]
 STORY: ACTS 9:1-6 [SAUL]

A CONVICTED CONSCIENCE COMES BY MEANS


OF:
 A DREAM—NEBUCHADNEZZAR—DANIEL 2

 VISION—SAUL—ACTS 9

 ADVERSITY—JOB—JOB 42

 GOSPEL—PRISON WARDEN—ACTS 16:26-31

 DENIAL—PETER—MARK 14:67-72
CONVICTION—CONSCIENCE:
INSTINCT SUPERSEDES
INTELLIGENCE

 BALAAM’S DONKEY SPOKE TO HIM


SANCTIFIED LIFE, p. 76

Of all the creatures that God has made upon the


earth, man alone is rebellious. Yet he possesses
reasoning powers to understand the claims of the
divine law and a conscience to feel the guilt of
transgression and the peace and joy of obedience.
EVANGELISM, p. 542

Thus the truth is to be made impressive as


a great whole and command the intellect.
Truth, Bible truth, is to become the
authority for the conscience and the love
and life of the soul.
A CONVICTED CONSCIENCE SOFTENS
WHILE AND SEARED CONSCIENCE
HARDENS

ACTS 9:5, 6
2. WE MOVE TO A SEARED CONSCIENCE

1 TIMOTHY 4:2
WHO’S SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY?

1 TIMOTHY 4:1
THEREFORE, IF RIGHTEOUS MEMBERS
SIMMER WITH ANGER, OUTBURST, AND
INDIGNATION, SHOULD WE EXPECT THE
UNRIGHTEOUS TO SING WITH JOY?
 IF SOME MEMBERS ARE OFFENDED BY
TRUTH, SHOULD WE BLAME UNBELIEVERS
WHO WELCOME TRADITION?

GALATIANS 2:14

 MEANWHILE, WE ARE BLAMING THEM


(UNBELIEVERS), THEY ARE BLAMING US…
WHO’S AT FAULT?
ROMANS 2:24
IS A SEARED CONSCIENCE
ASSOCIATED WITH HYPOCRISY…?

1 TIMOTHY 4:2
 HYPOCRISY INVOLVES SAYING ONE THING

WHILE DOING THE CONTRARY.


 HYPOCRISY—PLAY ACTING

STORY: SEARED CONSCIENCE—LUKE 4:16-29

WHILE JESUS’ MOTIVE TOWARD HIS CHURCH


WAS OF A PURE CONSCIENCE, THE
CHURCHES’ MOTIVE TOWARD HIM WAS OF A
SEARED CONSCIENCE.
3. WE MOVE TO A PURE CONSCIENCE.

WHAT IS A PURE CONSCIENCE?

A PURE CONSCIENCE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A


DEFILED CONSCIENCE.

 A PURE CONSCIENCE DOES NOT MEDICATE


YOU. IT TRANSFORMS YOU.
JEREMIAH 46:11 & 2 CHRONICLES 16:10-12
HOW DOES IT WORK?

A PURE CONSCIENCE WILL:

 SET YOU FREE—NOT HOLD YOU HOSTAGE


 MAKE YOU GLAD—NOT MAKE YOU SAD
 HEAL YOU—NOT HURT YOU
 CARE FOR YOU—NOT CRITICIZE YOU
 PREACH TRUTH (BIBLE TRUTH) NOT
TRADITION
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, p. 431

ALL WHO IN THAT EVIL DAY WOULD


FEARLESSLY SERVE GOD ACCORDING TO
THE DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE, WILL NEED
COURAGE, FIRMNESS, AND A KNOWLEDGE
OF GOD AND HIS WORD; FOR THOSE WHO
ARE TRUE TO GOD WILL BE PERSECUTED,
AND THEIR NAMES CAST OUT AS EVIL.
SATAN STRIVES TO STIR UP AGAINST THEM
THE RAGE OF THOSE WHO, WHILE CLAIMING
TO BE RIGHTEOUS, TRAMPLE UPON THE LAW
OF GOD.
4. WE MOVE TO A DEFILED CONSCIENCE

WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE DEFILED?

 WHEN EVIL IS DESCRIBED AS GOOD…


 WHEN THE SACRED IS TREATED AS
COMMON.
ACTS 5:1-9 [ANANIAS & SAPPHIRA]
 THEIR DEFILED CONSCIENCE TOOK
THEM FROM THEIR HOME GROUND, TO
THE CHURCH GROUND, TO THE BURIAL
GROUND!
WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE
DEFILED?

 WHEN WE DELIBERATELY REMAIN IN-HOUSE,


INSTEAD OF GOING TO GOD’S HOUSE.

 WHEN WE WORK SIX DAYS A WEEK TO PAY A


DEBT WE OWE, BUT FIND A CLUMSY REASON
NOT TO GO AND WORSHIP GOD WHOM WE
CLAIM TO KNOW.
A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MAKES ONE
UNHAPPY IN A CHURCH FULL OF HAPPY
PEOPLE!
MARK 1:21-26 [MAN-EVIL SPIRIT]

 WHEN OUR CONSCIENCE IS DEFILED, OUR


PEACE OF MIND GOES OUT THE WINDOW.

 BUT WITH A PURE CONSCIENCE, WE ARE


ABLE TO SLEEP IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER.
 AIR
 LAND
 SEA
HOW DOES CONSCIENCE WORK?
 IT WORKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT—WHILE
THE PHYSICAL MAN WORKS FROM THE
OUTSIDE IN.

EPHESIANS 6:12

WHEN WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE LIVE LIKE


ANIMALS. BUT WHEN WE WALK IN THE
SPIRIT, WE LIVE LIKE ANGELS.

2 PETER 2:10, 12 & JUDE 10


CHANGE DOES NOT COME BY
ALTERING ONE’S ENVIRONMENT…

CHANGE BEGINS FROM THE INSIDE OUT!


JOHN 8:7-11 [WOMAN—ADULTERY]

 WHILE THE LAW ONLY AFFECTED HER ON


THE OUTSIDE, WHEN JESUS SPOKE TO HER,
HIS SPEECH [CONSCIENCE] AFFECTED HER
FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

 THAT’S WHY THE LAW DETERS THE ACTION,


BUT NOT THE INTENT.
A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MADE A
PERFECT DESIGN
MALFUNCTIONED…WHO?

LUCIFER

MIND—INTELLECT—AND EMOTION
ALWAYS JUSTIFY WHAT CONSCIENCE
CONDEMNS

 ILLUSTRATION:

2 SAMUEL 11:1-27 [DAVID—BATHSHEBA]


COSMIC CONFLICT: SPIRITUAL VS.
PHYSICAL WARFARE

 FLESH SAYS—LOOK!
 MIND—GO GET HER!
 CONSCIENCE—TURN AROUND AND
WALK AWAY!
 LOGIC—IF LOOKING IS WRONG, WHAT
ARE EYES MADE FOR?
 REASON—SHE BEAUTIFUL!
 WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
THAT DEPENDS ON WHETHER WE
ARE SPIRITUAL!
 CONSCIENCE—WALK AWAY!
 MIND—GROW UP!

 WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

IF YOU ARE SPIRITUAL, YOU’LL WALK


AWAY. BUT IF YOU ARE CARNAL, YOU’LL
HAVE IT YOUR WAY. WHY? BECAUSE
DRIVEN BY YOUR FLESH, AND JUSTIFIED BY
YOUR LOGIC, YOU’LL DO WHAT YOUR MIND
TELLS YOU TO. WHY? BECAUSE REASON
ALWAYS JUSTIFIES WHAT CONSCIENCE
CONDEMNS.
CONSCIENCE NEVER BOWS TO
OUTSIDE—PEER PRESSURE!

READ 1 KINGS 22:1-8 [AHAB & JEHOSHAPHAT]

CHRISTIANS ARE HERE TO CONQUER, NOT


COMPROMISE. JUST BECAUSE FOUR
HUNDRED SOLDIERS AND ONE KING STAND
AGAINST GOD’S PROPHET, DOES NOT MAKE
THEM RIGHT!
TRUTH THAT’S PREACHED WITH A
PURE CONSCIENCE IS NOT
DETERMINED BY A GALLUP POLL
 CHRISTIANS NOWADAYS ARE MORE
INCLINED TO ATTEND A BANQUET AT THE
WHITE HOUSE, THAN THEY WOULD INQUIRE
A WORD AT GOD’S HOUSE.
 NEITHER DOES RIGHTEOUSNESS COME BY A
MAJORITY OF FOUR HUNDRED SOLDIERS
AND ONE STUBBORN KING.
 KING AHAB DEFILED HIS CONSCIENCE BY
GOING TO BATTLE WITHOUT INQUIRING A
WORD FROM THE LORD.
THE WORLD’S BEST HOPE IS A REVIVAL OF A
PURE CONSCIENCE. AND WALKING IN THE
SPIRIT WILL ENABLE US TO DO JUST THAT.

 SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WALK IN THE


SPIRIT?

 CONSCIENCE—GET UP AND GO TO CHURCH!


 MIND—WHAT’S THE RUSH?
 WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?

THAT DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU ARE


SPIRITUAL!
WHEN WE DEFILE THE VOICE OF
CONSCIENCE, WE EXPECT TO WALK IN
THE SPIRIT?

WE WON’T GO TO CHURCH…BUT WE WILL


GO TO THE STADIUM AND WATCH A SPORTS
EVENT, GO TO A CONCERT, EVEN WALK IN
SUPPORT OF A MARATHON OR TELETHON,
OR SIT, STAND, CHEER, AND WAVE OUR
TEAM’S BANNER IN ANY KIND OF WEATHER,
RIGHT!

THEN WE SAY LIKE KING SAUL, “God is


departed from me, and answereth me no more,
neither by prophets, nor by dreams:..”
1 SAMUEL 28:15, 16
CONSCIENCE CAN LEAVE A BAD TASTE
IN THE MOUTH AND BLOOD STAINS
ON THE HANDS.
 PILATE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REDEEM
HIMSELF. INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO PLEASE
MEN AND NOT GOD.
STORY: MARK 15: 15 & MATTHEW 27:24-26

QUESTION:
 WOULD YOU HAVE ACTED DIFFERENTLY

THAN PILATE HAD TOWARD JESUS?


 IS JESUS LORD OF YOUR LIFE?

 WHO IS HE TO YOU?
IN CONCLUSION: CONSCIENCE IS
GOD’S UMPIRE.

REVELATION 3:20
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any
man [US] hear my voice [CONSCIENCE],
and open the door, I will come in to him
[THAT’S WHERE AN UMPIRE COMES
IN], and will sup with him, and he with me.

 WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?