Is your conscience the culprit?
Apostle Tracey Robinson, 2021 All Rights Reserved
Culprit is one guilty of an offense. Is your conscience the culprit of your Will?
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
- For example, when a man or a woman whore around at a specific time of year, a season that is, then all the other times they don’t do that is because they made a promise to themselves that I’ve got to stop doing this but the promise of stopping that act is only being suppressed but your conscience is still holding on to that sin and when that season of time rolls around again you remember the thing that you don’t want to do but is now ready to perform it again because it is in the conscience. Your conscience was never cleansed by the suppression.
- Paul described that as an inward struggle with sinful desires remembered in the conscience with your Will waiting to perform it again.
- The culprit is your conscience holding on to the memory of your sins.
Read Romans 7:14-23
- Jesus has come and His coming has put away and abolished ceremonial traditions, rituals, and laws making those sacrifices insufficient and will never make you perfect.
- These sacrifices done annually could not take away the guilt and consciousness of sin.
- These sacrifices only brought in a fresh remembrance of their sins, because the blood of bulls and goats is powerless to take away sins. And God had no delight in them.
- God has a built-in mechanism built in every individual to send an alarm when you are about to break a law, that is spiritually and naturally.
- God has an inherent mechanism built-in the human system that goes off called the conscience.
- Inherent means existing in something as a permanent, essential or characteristic attribute.
- You know when you are wrong! You don’t need a preacher, a Pastor, Bishop, or an Apostle to tell you when you are wrong. You don’t need an anointing to know when you are wrong, there is an alarm built in you!
- But we ignore this alarm when it goes off within us because we have chosen to sin.
- Everyone that is doing wrong and has done wrong knows that they are doing wrong.
- If we obey our conscience we will never have regrets! But if you disobey your conscience you will always regret the “violation of your conscience”.
- Your conscience has a way of keeping alive that, which you do wrong or have done wrong, and even that which you have done right or is doing right, but it is through the Blood of Jesus as a new creature that cleanses our conscience, but it won’t wipe it out, but your choice toward Christ will bring it under subjection to the Will of God.
- For example, forgiveness does not cancel memories, but it takes the sting out of them.
- Your conscience is defiled by sin.
Conscience is the witness borne to one’s conduct by conscience, that faculty by which we apprehend the Will of God, as that which is designed to govern our lives.
Conscience is defined as “an inner voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.
Conscience refers to your awareness that your actions are right or wrong, as in a guilty conscience.
- The Word of God is the main tool, the principal tool for the formation of conscience when it is assimilated by study, prayer, and practice, along with the goodexamples of the Saints in fellowship, support, and enlightenment of the Word of God.
- You can educate your conscience through study, prayer, faith, experience, etc.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
- Because of the relationship that blood has to life, blood signifies the supreme offering made to God through His Son Jesus.
- Purge is to rid something or someone of an unwanted quality, condition, or feeling.
- Not only does the Blood of Christ save us, but it cleanse our conscience so we can understand how to honor God, reverence, and worship God because of what I know and experience about Him.
- His blood protects us by taking away all our sins, its penalty death, guilt, and shame.
- When sin, temptation, test, trials, and evil come it must see the blood of Jesus over the doorpost of our hearts.
- Dead works the works of our hands applied to the Will of God in order to make an attempt to find favor and earn acceptance to be made righteous before God by our own effort, ability or Willpower.
- Dead works we performed when we were separated from the life of God; estranged from Him living in spiritual ignorance and darkness.
Ephesians 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
- Some of us as believers are still there living in darkness, having a form of godliness.
- It is hard to praise and worship someone you don’t anything about!
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
- This is the way to do it Christ’s way to spiritually cleanse our conscience.
- Your conscience is your ability to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong.
- To awaken your conscience is a calling to awaken the inner power, to get in touch with that part of you that has no limits.
- Your conscience is awakened with your soul’s conversion and transformation.
- This is the part where every believer should learn to live spiritually with no regrets.
- We should live signifying a conscience that is so controlled by the apprehension of the Spirit of God’s presence that you realize that griefs are to be borne in accordance with His Will.
1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God; which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
- What does it mean to have a clear conscience? It is to be free or feel free of guilt or responsibility.
- For example, I have a clear conscience when I know I did all I could to help you in the Word of God.
Conscious is aware of and responding to one’s surroundings; awake; having knowledge of something.
- Your conscious allows you to be aware of your place in the world, while your conscience allows you to behave in this world in morally decisions (morally here means your arguments of reason, your condemning or approving thoughts) and socially acceptable ways.
- Behave is to act or conduct oneself in a specified way, especially toward others; conduct oneself in accordance with the accepted norms of a society or group.
- Focused to paying particular attention to.
- Spiritual consciousness is to be awakened
- Spiritual consciousness is to be aware in understanding that we are spirit beings encased in a body.
- An example of conscious is waking up in the morning.
- God will not take anything away from you that you are not willing to give up.
- You can pray, beg, and plead with Him to take something away from you He will not do it because if He takes it without your confession of wrong doing then you will think that you were not guilty of anything, and God just took it.
- What makes it a struggle in giving up your wrong doing is your unwillingness to give it up. You prefer God to take it than to give it up!
- Your conscience will tell on you when there is no deliverance.
- Let the Word of God clean the whole house, which is all of you.
- Serving the Lord God must come out of a good conscience.
- What is a good conscience? A good conscience is when a person is conscientious and striving to do what is right and carries it out.
- Being conscientious says you want to do right and not wrong.
- Being conscientious has to do with being careful, thoughtful, focus, and decent.
- Being conscientious is a virtue!
- A virtue is a behavior showing high moral standards.
Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.
- Paul is saying here that he always exercise and discipline himself by mortifying his body, deadening his carnal affections, bodily appetites, and worldly desires, endeavoring in all respects to have a clear unshaken, blameless conscience void of offense toward God and men.
- Mortify means to deaden the senses of the body to subdue its sinful nature by denial and discipline.
- With that then comes your testimony of : Confession = repentance = forgiveness = faith = deliverance
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward.
- Your conscience has a testimony that should say that we have conducted ourselves in the world with devout and pure motives and godly sincerity, not in the flesh’s wisdom but by the grace of God; His unmerited favor and merciful kindness by which God, exerts His Holy influence upon our soul, turn us to Christ, keeps us, strengthens us, and increases us in Christian virtues.
- The Bible declares that the conscience is defiled by sin
- Our conscience is seared and defiled by sin
1 Timothy 4:1-2
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
- We are living in times where believers are falling away from the faith because they are looking for stories, fables, something that will tickle their ears, and make them feel good in their comfort of sin.
- A seared conscience is one that is completely dead; to make one’s conscience, heart, or feelings insensitive.
- This is that time when they will not endure sound doctrine, but follow after their own lust to and with false teachers, having itching ears that will turn from the truth and be turned to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3-4).
- Sin leaves tarnish on a person’s mind so that they do not look at their life in quite the same way anymore.
Psalm 40:12 For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.
- Sins stain will overtake you so that you will not be able to look up to Jesus, nor call His name.
- Sin creates a sense of estrangement from God, leaving a tarnishing film on a person’s mind and heart.
- Adam and Eve sin occurred after God had instructed Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and in the day that you eat you shall surely die (Genesis 2:16-17).
- Nobody had to tell them they had done wrong they knew it the moment they ate of that tree that God had forbidden.
- An alarm of wrong immediately rushed to their knowledge that they was wrong; they felt guilt and fear, and they realized that they were naked.
- In this knowledge that they were naked they hid from the voice of God as He entered in the Garden.
- The virtue of their innocence was lost.
Titus 1:15 Paul reminds Titus, Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
- Sin will pervert the mind of the believer in so that they do not look at their life as they did before.