Summary: When our lives are pure, our conscience does not condemn us.
A Clear Conscience
October 28, 2007 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: When our lives are pure, our conscience does not condemn us.
Focus Passage: I John 3:19-24
Supplemental Passage: Pro 16:2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.
Introduction: Certain Neuropathies leave people without the ability to feel pain, heat, cold, or pressure in their fingers and hands, feet and toes. The pain is supposed to tell you that something is wrong. But there is a breakdown somewhere and their warning system doesn’t work properly.
I. Purpose of Conscience
a. When clear: feel at ease in the presence of God.
b. When not clear: to inform/remind us of our sin.
II. Practice of Conscience
a. Jer 17:9-10 "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it? I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results of his deeds.”
b. Don’t neglect your conscience. If our conscience condemns the action, so does God.
c. Don’t let someone else do your thinking for you.
III. Purity of Conscience
a. Billy Graham said “Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.” The issue is managing it properly.
b. Your conscience works "right" if you have a right relationship with God.
c. 1Sa 16:7 b for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."