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1. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience through Spirit led self-discipline. Paul wrote, "Therefore I always exercise and discipline myself (mortifying my body, deadening my carnal affections, bodily appetites and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects to have a clear (unshaken, blameless) conscience, void of offense toward God and toward men." (Acts 24:16) Ask the Lord to help you follow the example of Paul’s self-discipline in keeping your conscience pure toward God and people.

2. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a sensitized conscience that hates what is evil and clings to what is good. Paul wrote, "Let your love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil (loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness) but hold fast to that which is good." (Romans 12:9) Ask the Lord to help you to consciously hate what is evil:

A). Lust and all sorts of selfish desires such as gluttony B). Pride C) Jealousy D) Envy E). Anger F). Slander G). Malice H). Idolatry I). Pharisaical thinking, attitudes and actions J). Greed and all forms of selfishness K). Fault finding L). Compromises with carnality - laziness, indiscipline, discord, factions, dissensions, impurity M). Complaining N). Gossiping O). Immorality P). Possessiveness and manipulation Q). Immature attitudes and actions R). Offensive language S). Judmentalism T). Extremism U). Legalism V). Belligerence W). Deceit X). Lying Y). Fearful attitudes instead of living by faith, obedience, and trust in the Lord and in His word etc.

3. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience by being holy and pure and above reproach examples. Peter wrote, "But as One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living." (I Pet. 1:15) Ask the Lord to help you become more holy in all aspects of your personal life, your relationships and your ministries.

4. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience by training ourselves in righteous ministries. The writer of Hebrews wrote, "But solid food is for full grown men, for those who senses and mental faculties are trained by practicing to discriminate and distinguish between what is morally good and noble and what is evil and contrary either to divine or human law." (Heb. 5:14) Ask the Lord to help you mature through exercising Christ-likeness in all aspects of your personal, relational and ministry experiences.

5. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience by making it a priority. Paul wrote, "Put absolute trust and confidence in God. Whereas the object and purpose of our instruction and charge is love, which springs from a pure heart and a good (clear) conscience and sincere (unfeigned) faith." (I Tim. 1:4,5) Ask the Lord to help you keep a pure, holy and good conscience as priority goal.

6. The Holy Spirit helps us draw a sharp contrast between a Spirit filled Christian’s conscience versus those who live according to their sinful natural desires. We know that those who are living by their sinful natural impulses have consciences that are defiled, polluted, corrupt and darkened to an understanding of the truth that is in Christ Jesus. Paul wrote, "The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment." (I Cor. 2:14,15) Ask the Lord to help you show people the disadvantages of an impure conscience and the tremendous advantages of living with a clean Spirit led perspective.

7. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience through meditation and obedience to the scriptures. Paul wrote of the advantages that scripture has a one’s conscience, "It is profitable for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness." (2 Tim. 3:16) Ask God to help you meditate and obey all of the scripture, allowing it to teach, cleanse, correct, rebuke & train your mind.

8. The Holy Spirit helps us teach people how to develop a good conscience through confessing and forsaking of our sins. John wrote, "If we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and true and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness (everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought and action)." (I John 1:9 - Amplified) Ask God for the contriteness of heart, humility and sensitivity to the Spirit, to enable you to confess and forsake your sins of commission, omission, wrong disposition, and faulty assumptions.

9. The Holy Spirit helps us warn people of the destructive consequences and capacities of an impure conscience. Ask the Lord to help you learn to fear the Lord in helping you to cleanse your conscience from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God without hindrance.

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