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Summary: There is a treasure you can own That’s greater than a crown or throne; This treasure is a conscience clear That brings the sweetest peace and cheer

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Why Jesus Did Teach His Disciples to Not Find the Will of God Through Consensus (Mark 8:33-37)

Illustration: The much-loved children’s story Pinocchio is about a wooden puppet whose nose grows long when he tells a lie. His friend Jiminy Cricket chirps, "Let your conscience be your guide." Pinocchio follows his advice, repents, and returns to Geppetto his creator, where he is given a heart of flesh and is freed from his strings.

There’s a principle in this story for God’s children. If we don’t listen to that voice deep down inside that tells us what we should and should not do, we live in bondage. But a cleansed conscience brings freedom.

Some people have no strong basis for making godly decisions. Their conscience is weak, and they can be easily swayed by the behavior of others. Then there are those whose conscience is defiled. The standard by which they measure good and evil is corrupted, polluted, and impure (Titus 1:15). But saddest of all are those who have a "seared" conscience (1 Timothy 4:2). They have resisted that inner voice for so long that they no longer hear what it has to say.

But you ask, "How can we have a cleansed conscience?" We must repent of our sin and return to our Creator. We must ask Him to conform our desires and behavior to His Word and then be careful to obey it. —David Roper

There is a treasure you can own

That’s greater than a crown or throne;

This treasure is a conscience clear

That brings the sweetest peace and cheer. —Isenhour

Conscience is a trustworthy compass when God’s Word is your true north. (Our Daily Bread)

1. Jesus knew that a majority view is often not gotten until evidence of success is obtained- especially among the religious leaders. Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke Him when He heard that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law and that he must be killed. But Jesus rebuked Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You do not have in mind the things of God but the things of men." (Mark 8:33) Ask the Lord to help you follow the will of God before you concern yourself with the consensus of some religious leaders.

2. Jesus knew that the ways of the world are often contrary to the will of God. The Lord Jesus said, "If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. If they persecute me, they will persecute you also." (Jn. 15:19,20) Ask the Lord to help you be willing to go against the stream of popular opinion to accomplish the will of God.

3. Jesus often pointed out peoples’ faults that upsets the majorities’ opinion about Him. The great shepherd said, "The world hates me because I testify that what it does is evil. (Jn 7:7) Ask the Lord to help you speak the truth in love and grow up in all aspects into Christ regardless of the consequences.

4. Jesus taught that knowing the will of God involved a willingness to yield to His purposes over natural human tendencies. The Lord Jesus said, "If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own." (Jn. 7:17) Ask the Lord to be willing to do whatever God asks you to do regardless of how politically correct or acceptable it might appear.


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