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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:25-28

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Submission To The Law: Proverbs 28:25-28

25) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
26) He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
27) He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
28) When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at how a humble, submissive spirit before the Lord is necessary to genuinely keeping the law of God…

25) He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
1. The person that possesses desires that are unlimited by God’s laws, irritate others leading to unrest and quarreling
2.  but the person that is confident in the Lord will have satisfaction and peace.

Those who are driven by sinful desires influence others to be resentful and disagreeable.  The example they are setting for others is a covetous example, always being dissatisfied and desiring the possession of others.  This leads to disagreement and strife between the envied and the envious.

However, those who are Godly in spirit influence others to be satisfied and at peace.  They recognize the many blessings of God, looking beyond this physical world, to the glorious eternity awaiting them.  It is this attitude that fosters contentment and harmony among themselves and others.

Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and [that] spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”  (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

 

26) He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
1.  The person that is confident in his desires and his decisions is one who does not apply God’s Word to their lives.
2.  The person that applies the Word to his life, and recognizes his sinful desires and inabilities, will be protected.

When the Word is applied to our lives, we will see the sinful condition of our fallen nature and recognize its effect on our desires and decisions of life.  It will cause us to look to the Lord, in faith, awaiting His guidance and enabling to overcome the sinful influences of our flesh.

The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.”   (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

  

27) He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.
1.  The person that shares with those who are lacking, will not become destitute
2.  The person who turns his eyes from the poor will receive a statement of coming judgment

For those who are willing to share their goods to meet the needs of others will not become poor because of his sharing.  However, those who refuse to aid the needy will stand before the Lord in judgment.  For the saved, it will involve loss of rewards, for the lost, it will involve eternal punishment.

A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.  Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.  He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.  His heart [is] established, he shall not be afraid, until he see [his desire] upon his enemies.  He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.”    (Psalms 112:5-9)

 

28) When the wicked rise, men hide themselves: but when they perish, the righteous increase.
1.  When the lawless are promoted, men conceal themselves from the sight of the wicked
2.  When the wicked are brought to ruin, the lawful men excel

When the wicked are placed in high positions of authority, their subjects fear them and attempt to escape their authority because they are mistreated and abused.  When the wicked rule is brought to an end, the Godly men will exceed and flourish.

They turn the needy out of the way: the poor of the earth hide themselves together. “  (Job 24:4)

SUMMARY:

Submission to the desires of the Lord for our lives will reap both temporal and eternal blessings for each one of us.  However, for those who stubbornly refuse to follow His desires will only reap temporal and eternal loss.  One of the greatest motivations that will aid us in our desire to continue in the will of the Lord is keeping our eyes on eternity.  For the saved, it will be a motivation to do His will out of appreciation of all He has done for us in securing eternity with Him.  For the lost, it is a reminder of their need to turn to Him as Lord and Savior, before they enter eternity and face His eternal wrath.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:21-24

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: The Love of Possessions Opposes God’s Law: Proverbs 28:21-24

 
21) To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
22) He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
23) He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
24) Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, [It is] no transgression; the same [is] the companion of a destroyer.

 

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at how a love for worldly possessions will create a lifestyle that is lived in opposition to the laws of God…

 

21) To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.
The love of worldly possessions causes favoritism….
1. to reject persons is not beautiful or pleasing
2. because men will cross the line of fairness to gain a morsel of bread

We should recognize the need for the fair and just treatment of all others, because it is very easy to favor one over the other for even small personal gain.

And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”   (2 Peter 2:3)

 

22) He that hasteth to be rich [hath] an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.
The love of worldly possessions causes selfishness….
1.  The person that runs anxiously towards the wealth of this world has a view of the world that is displeasing to the Lord
2.  This same person does not recognize the destitution of others.

When a person turns there heart towards the selfish accumulation of the riches of this world, the natural result is that their selfishness will blind them to the needs of others around them.  Instead of sharing their wealth to meet the legitimate needs of others, they continue to accumulate wealth for themselves, thinking they will never have enough.

 

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.”  (1 Timothy 6:9)

 

 

23) He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.
The love of worldly possessions causes flattery instead of honest, open, helpful, speech….
1.  The person who reveals error in the life of another is considered more precious
2.  Than a person who always speaks smooth words with the tongue.

Many times a person, in view of worldly gain, will choose to speak smooth words to those who need correction.  This is an act of selfishness as they put their personal gain ahead of what is beneficial for the one that is being spoken to.

 

Let the righteous smite me; [it shall be] a kindness: and let him reprove me; [it shall be] an excellent oil, [which] shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also [shall be] in their calamities.”   (Psalms 141:5)

 

 

24) Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, [It is] no transgression; the same [is] the companion of a destroyer.
The love of worldly possessions causes us to devalue personal relationships….
1.  Whoever takes by force from his mother and or father and claims he has done anything wrong
2.  The same person is an associate of those who is blood thirsty and cruel

When we abuse those who are closest to us, simply to fulfill our fleshly desires, is of the same moral standing as those who without heart, will treat others brutally showing them no justice or mercy.

For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to [his] father or [his] mother, [It is] a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;”   (Matthew 15:4-5)

 

 

SUMMARY:

When a person loves the accumulation of worldly possessions, it will lead to a lifestyle that  abuse those around them by:
1. treating them unfairly
2. ignoring their needs
3. dishonesty and flattery in their speech
4. devaluing their relationship

May we all seek to live our lives for the benefit of others and not ourselves.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:17-20

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Selfishness Compared To Submission: Proverbs 28:17-20

17) A man that doeth violence to the blood of [any] person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
18) Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but [he that is] perverse [in his] ways shall fall at once.
19) He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain [persons] shall have poverty enough.
20) A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will look at a comparison between those who submit to God’s laws and those who selfishly resist them…
 

17) A man that doeth violence to the blood of [any] person shall flee to the pit; let no man stay him.
Concerning rebellious, purposeful acts of sin…
1.  Someone who uses force to take the life of another shall flee from justice only to find himself in a place of harm.
2.  Let no one intervene to stop him from the punishment that awaits him.

Those who commit willful murder are meant to be judged severely and none should attempt to help him escape his punishment.  This is because he willfully chose to commit this murder, and in doing so, has willfully chosen to receive the justice he deserves.

The willful, unjust taking of the life of another is no small matter.  It is taking an image of God from this world and placing ourselves in the horrible position of deserving of physical death at the hands of our government.  This was breaking the sixth commandment…

Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”  (Genesis 9:6)

Thou shalt not kill.”   (Exodus 20:13)

Keep in mind, the death penalty was given as a responsibility to man BEFORE the Ten Commandments were given.  It was later included as the sixth command of the 10 commandments.  This helps us to understand that the death penalty was not simply for the times of the Old Testament law.  It was a responsibility placed upon man from the very beginning of sins’ entrance into the world.  Because of this, it is wrong to try to explain away capital punishment by saying that it ended with the ending of the OT law.

However there remains much debate among Godly, devoted Christians as to the existence of the death penalty in New Testament times… there are good arguments for either side, however, there does seem to be ample evidence of its existence…

The Apostle Paul was willing to submit to it…. For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.”   (Acts 25:11)

Paul taught that it would be the role of human governments… Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”   (Romans 13:1-5)

The Apostle John made reference to it… He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”   (Revelation 13:10)

All of which seem to allude to the continued existence of capital punishment as the appropriate punishment for murder.

 

18) Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but [he that is] perverse [in his] ways shall fall at once.
Concerning lifestyles….
1.  The person whose lifestyle is upright and lawful shall be at peace with the Lord, not deserving of His judgment
2.  But he whose lifestyle is twisted and perverted shall certainly cast down

The person who is saved by the grace of God, with the indwelling spirit within him, will possess an upright lifestyle.  But the lost person, who is headed for judgment, will possess a lifestyle of rebellion and disobedience to the Lord.

But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.”   (Psalms 26:11)

19) He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain [persons] shall have poverty enough.
Concerning material needs….
1.  He that properly prepares his field for planting will have an abundance of food
2.  But he that runs after worthless men will be lacking the necessities of life.

The person who follows the way of wisdom will work to meet his needs, while those who follow the examples of the rebellious will find themselves in great need.

Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, [and] look well to thy herds.  For riches [are] not for ever: and doth the crown [endure] to every generation?  The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered.  The lambs [are] for thy clothing, and the goats [are] the price of the field.  And [thou shalt have] goats’ milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and [for] the maintenance for thy maidens.”   (Proverbs 27:23-27)

20) A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
Concerning faithfulness….
1.  A trustworthy man shall overflow with gracious gifts from the Lord.
2.  The man that presses himself to hurriedly accumulate earthy riches shall be guilty and awaiting punishment.

A man who is trustworthy in the things of the Lord will be spiritually and physically blessed of Him.  However, the man the devotes his life to gain physical wealth will be guilty of disobedience to the Lord and deserving of His punishing hand.

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”  (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

SUMMARY:

When we live our lives lawfully, in submission to the will of the Lord, we can look forward to His manifold blessings in this life and the life to come.  However, when we become selfish and live unlawfully to gain satisfaction for our fleshly desires, we exchange the Lord’s punishment for His gracious blessings.

This principle applies to our rebellious, purposeful acts of sin; our lifestyles; the possession of our physical needs; and our faithfulness to the responsibilities He has given to us.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org
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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:15-16

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: The Laws Of Man Can Be Abusive: Proverbs 28:15-16

 
15) [As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.
16) The prince that wanteth understanding [is] also a great oppressor: [but] he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be taught that the laws of man can be abusive…

15) [As] a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; [so is] a wicked ruler over the poor people.
1.  As a growling, hungry young lion and a bear seeking food;
2.  so is an unlawful man who holds authority over the needy people

An immoral, wicked man will use his position of authority for his own personal gain, even when it is at the expense of those who are needy and destitute.  This involves multiple sins:
a.  selfishness and a lack of love for others (putting himself over those under his authority)
b.  coveting worldly riches
c.  misusing a blessing from God (his position of authority)
d.  abuse of the poor and defenseless
e.  and being unfaithful in the responsibilities God has given to him (unfaithful in his role as leader).

This reminds me of the text that tells us And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not [himself], neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many [stripes].  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.   (Luke 12:47-48)

When a person is put in a position of authority over others, they are held accountable for how they use that great blessing.  They are held responsible to work for the good of those under their authority and they are expected to place them first above themselves.   This principle applies in positions of authority that is held in church, government, family and the workplace.

[Is] not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?  [Is it] not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?”   (Isaiah 58:6-7)

 

16) The prince that wanteth understanding [is] also a great oppressor: [but] he that hateth covetousness shall prolong [his] days.
1.  The governor who is destitute of discernment will place overflowing pressure upon those under his authority
2.  But the person that rejects taking unlawful gains by force will lengthen his life on earth.

For those who rule over others the choice is plain… the abuse of others will only reap a loss of blessings and, in many cases, a shortened life on earth; or, by using their authority for the good of their subjects, they will be blessed of God and enjoy a more pleasurable longer life on earth.

The key is to look beyond the short-lived gain that comes with selfishness and abuse of others, and recognize the long-term effects of our actions.

Your iniquities have turned away these [things], and your sins have withholden good [things] from you.  For among my people are found wicked [men]: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.  As a cage is full of birds, so [are] their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge.  Shall I not visit for these [things]? saith the LORD: shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this?”  (Jeremiah 5:25-29)

SUMMARY:

When we are placed in positions of authority by the Lord, out of appreciation, love and obedience, we are to use our authority for the good of those over whom we rule and reap both temporal and eternal blessings from the Lord.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.
May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.
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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:12-14

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He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Results Wrought By The Keeping God’s Law: Proverbs 28:12-14

 12) When righteous [men] do rejoice, [there is] great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
13) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy.
14) Happy [is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.

 

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be taught on the results that keeping God’s law will have in our lives…

 

12) When righteous [men] do rejoice, [there is] great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden.
Lawfulness leads to blessings and honor to the Lord…
1.  When those who are forgiven and keep God’s laws are blessed, and therefore jump for joy, there is a great praising of God for all His goodness and graciousness
2.  When those who are unlawful are prosperous and exalted, the Godly man attempts to escape the unlawful’s attention.

When the Lord blesses those who are faithful to Him it results honor and glory to Him and great joy on behalf of His saints.  However, when the wicked are favored over the righteous, the righteous man does not publicly praise the wicked for their prosperity.

And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;  Saying, Blessed [be] the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.”  (Luke 19:37-38)

 

13) He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh [them] shall have mercy
To confess and repent of known sin will receive the mercy of the Lord…
1.  The person that hides his rebellious breaking of God’s laws will not benefit from the concealment of his sins.
2.  but the person that admits his sins and lets loose of them will have his punishment removed from him.

Whether lost or saved, sin hinders our relationship to the Lord.  Two of the key elements to having an unhindered relationship with the Lord is:
A. confesseth – the recognition, and admittance of our sin
B. forsaketh – turning from those sins to the Lord and seeking to live their lives pleasing to Him.

When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.  I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.”   (Psalms 32:3-5)

 

14) Happy [is] the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Desires that uphold the laws of God leads to great blessings
1.  A man that reverences the Lord and His commands is joyful due to the Lord’s blessings.
2.  The man whose desires are in stiff opposition to the will of God will find himself cast down into harm and sorrow.

The Lord will bless those who desire to please Him with their whole heart, while the man that firmly opposes the desires of God will find himself sadden and experiencing great defeat.

Thus saith the LORD, The heaven [is] my throne, and the earth [is] my footstool: where [is] the house that ye build unto me? and where [is] the place of my rest?  For all those [things] hath mine hand made, and all those [things] have been, saith the LORD: but to this [man] will I look, [even] to [him that is] poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”   (Isaiah 66:1-2)

 

SUMMARY:

When we seek to please the Lord with our lives, we will find ourselves graciously given: benefits from the Lord, fellowship with the Lord, and the experience of great joy originating from these blessings.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

SIH Homepage: http://www.settledinheaven.org

SIH Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/all-about-salvation/

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:8-11

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Results Of Rejecting God’s Law 2: Proverbs 28:8-11

 
8) He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
9) He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.
10) Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good [things] in possession.
11) The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:
In this devotion, we will be continuing to look at the results of rejecting the law of God.  This section was begun in Proverbs 28:4…

8) He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
1. He that by charging interest on a debt and by adding on dishonest charges will multiply his wealth
2. He will accumulate this wealth for the one who will bend down and help those in great need.

All the wealth in the world cannot justify selfishness, dishonesty and a lack of love for others.  Although great wealth can be secured through dishonest practices, in the end the Lord will bless those who are willing to use their substance for the benefit of others.

“Though he heap up silver as the dust, and prepare raiment as the clay;  He may prepare [it], but the just shall put [it] on, and the innocent shall divide the silver.”   (Job 27:16-17)

9) He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer [shall be] abomination.
1.  He that willing turns from listen intently to the commands of the Lord
2.  Even his attempts to commune with the Lord will be looked upon with disgust and loathed by Him.

Those who refuse to hear and submit to the law of the Lord, are separated by the Lord due to their sinfulness and rebellious spirit.

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  Yea, they made their hearts [as] an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.  Therefore it is come to pass, [that] as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:”   (Zechariah 7:11-13)

 

10) Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good [things] in possession.
1.  Whoever leads the righteous down a sinful walk, he will cast himself into the trap he had set for others
2.  but those who are lawful will possess benefits (from the Lord)

Many times the lawless will attempt to lead the Godly down a path of lawlessness and harm.  This will place the wicked in a position of judgment at the hand of God. However, the lawful, who refuses to be misled by the wicked will receive the blessings of God for his faithfulness to Him.

I have been young, and [now] am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.   [He is] ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed [is] blessed.”   (Psalms 37:25-26)

 

11) The rich man [is] wise in his own conceit; but the poor that hath understanding searcheth him out.
1.  The wealthy man, misled by his own wealth, sees himself as wise.
2.  those who are destitute of worldly wealth, if they possess Godly discernment,  will see the true character of the wicked and will not be fooled by his wealth.

The poor man who possesses Godly understanding will recognize the folly of accumulated wealth and lawless living.

Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard.  The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.”   (Ecclesiastes 9:15-17)

SUMMARY:

The results of lawlessness in our lives cannot be overestimated.  They are grave results that range from earthly shame to spiritual bankruptcy.  May we all seek to serve the Lord by trusting in Him as our Savior and then seeking to glorify Him by living our lives in accord with the standards He has given to us.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:4-7

SIH TOTT ICONHe layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Results Of Rejecting God’s Law: Proverbs 28:4-7

 
4) They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
5) Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].
6) Better [is] the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich.
7) Whoso keepeth the law [is] a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous [men] shameth his father.

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His character.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be looking at the role of our conscience in aiding us in the keeping of God’s laws…

4) They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the law contend with them.
Open rebuke and opposition await those who reject the law of God…
1.  Those that “let loose” of the law and walk away from it also boast and hold up to esteem those who are lawless.
2.  Those that cling to God’s law will not honor the lawless, but will warn and oppose them.

When a person willfully forsakes the laws of God in their life, they will be warned and their lifestyles opposed by those who love the Lord and His laws.

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:  (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].  For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”   (Ephesians 5:7-12)

 

5) Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all [things].
Those who reject the Word of God (including His laws) will lack the ability to recognize the proper paths to take as he lives life….
1.  Wicked men cannot discern what desires and actions are fair and just to others.
2.  But those who eagerly pursue the Lord and His will can recognize the honest, unprejudiced, lawful way to treat others.

The Christian, through the Word, is able to recognize the path most pleasing to the Lord that allows them to treat others kindly and fairly.  The wicked, on the other hand, are blinded by their sinful flesh and unable to love others as they should and reflect that love through acts of selflessness.

Keep in mind, although a lost man can outwardly display a human compassion for others, they cannot be doing it with God-honoring, selfless motives.  The best they can do is experience a human, sinful type of affection that looked upon by the Lord as filthy rags.

But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.”   (1 John 2:20-21)

 

6) Better [is] the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than [he that is] perverse [in his] ways, though he [be] rich.
Those who reject the law of God are spiritually bankrupt…
1.  More valuable and beautiful is the person who is lacking much earthly wealth but lives a lifestyle aligned with God’s laws.
2. Than the person who has a deceivingly crooked lifestyle though he owns great material wealth

A Godly, spiritual life is of much greater value in the sight of our Lord than all the riches this world has to offer.  Please keep in mind, a life that is lived for Him can result in the salvation of the lost and encouragement and strengthening of the saved.  Both of these hold eternal, lasting value as compared to world riches that will soon fade away.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:  But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”   (Matthew 6:19-21)

7) Whoso keepeth the law [is] a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous [men] shameth his father.
Our attitude about God’s law can be shown by those with whom we associate ourselves…
1.  The person who protects, and maintains, the law of God in their life is a perceptive and skillful member of his physical family as well as God’s family.
2.  The person that associates himself with uncontrollable men causes his father to blush with embarrassment

The Lord is honored by the keeping of His laws.  When we live Godly lives, our Heavenly Father is glorified and pleased.  They also bring honor to their parents by showing they have raised him wisely.

However, when a person associates with those whose lives are not controlled by the laws of God, they bring shame and dishonor upon themselves.  Why is this?  Through this unwise choice, they are showing the type of person they feel comfortable with…. those who do not choose to keep the law of God but live uncontrolled lives fulfilling their fleshly desires for sin.  This speaks volumes about the person and his concern for the law of God and praising Him with their lives.  Truly, it brings shame to His name.

Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;  That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.  For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]:  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.”  (1 Peter 4:1-5)

SUMMARY:

The results of lawlessness in our lives cannot be overestimated.  They are grave results that range from earthly shame to spiritual bankruptcy.  May we all seek to serve the Lord by trusting in Him as our Savior and then seeking to glorify Him by living our lives in accord with the standards He has given to us.

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

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SIH’s Think On These Things: Proverbs 28:1-3

SIH TOTT ICON

He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous (Prov 2:7)

 

Our Relationship To The Law Of God: Role Of Our Conscience: Proverbs 28:1-3

1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
2) For the transgression of a land many [are] the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.
3) A poor man that oppresseth the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.

 

In this chapter, Solomon directs our attention to having the proper relationship to the moral laws of the Lord (this would include the 10 commandments and the other manifold laws of God that are based upon His person and His characteristics.  As such, these laws are in effect for all time periods and peoples…

 

EXPOSITION:

In this devotion, we will be looking at the role of our conscience in aiding us in the keeping of God’s laws…
 

1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
How the conscience guides us…
1. Those who are guilty of breaking the laws of God will fly away when no one is chasing them.
2. Those who are aligned with God’s laws are confident and sure of themselves much like a young lion on the prowl

 

The role of our conscience in keeping God’s laws cannot be underestimated.  When we willful choose to break the laws of God, our conscience is our guide to reveal our infraction and testify of our guilt.  Its testimony of guilt will continue for a length of time, always working to bring us back to obedience.

 

This is much like when a man mistreats others, he then lives under conscience conviction of guilt.  It is this guilt that causes him to become paranoid and fearful of those whom he has mistreated.  In comparison, the righteous man, who is not afflicted by his guilt, can walk boldly in life, not being paranoid nor fearful, much like a young lion who fears no one due to his ability to overcome his enemies

 

Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people [as] they eat bread: they have not called upon God.  There were they in great fear, [where] no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth [against] thee: thou hast put [them] to shame, because God hath despised them.”   (Psalms 53:4-5)

 

 

2) For the transgression of a land many [are] the princes thereof: but by a man of understanding [and] knowledge the state [thereof] shall be prolonged.
The importance of having leaders that follow their conscience…
1. Because a nation has “crossed the lines” God has set for them, their leadership will be replaced frequently.
2. When their leaders can understand things from God’s perspective and possess a knowledge of His Word, the nation will be continue to exist and prosper.
 

A nation’s sinfulness will take them out of existence, with other wicked nations taking control and establishing other wicked leaders over them.  However, when a nation revers the Lord and submits to His leadership, the nation is blessed with longevity and security.

 

[There was] a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom [is] despised, and his words are not heard.  The words of wise [men are] heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  Wisdom [is] better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.”   (Ecclesiastes 9:14-18)

 

 

3) A poor man that oppresseth the poor [is like] a sweeping rain which leaveth no food.
The importance of the conscience for all of us, even the poor among us….
1.  A needy man who defrauds those who are weaker is like
2.  A hard rain that tears off the fruit and grain from the plant, leaving nothing usable for nourishment.

 

This is the ultimate abuse of others.  When a man who experiences the pain of being needy, and he is willing to actually bring more of the same pain on others for his own selfish purposes.  It is not simply that he is abusing others in need that is sinful, but it is an increased infraction because, after suffering under such agony, he does not think twice about multiplying this same suffering in the lives of others.

 

If anyone has compassion for others, they would think of their own suffering and seek to relieve others of that suffering, not increase the suffering of others for their own selfish purposes.

 

Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:  And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.  But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.  Yea, they made their hearts [as] an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.  Therefore it is come to pass, [that] as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts:  But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant land desolate.”   (Zechariah 7:9-14)

 

 

SUMMARY:

Our conscience is a wonderful gift that encourages us to continue in faithful service.  The role of conscience in the lives of our leaders, is centered on leading the nation to be faithful to the Lord, and therefore to be blessed of Him. Even in the lives of the weakest and poorest among us, the role of our conscience is to benefit us and others around us.

 

May we all possess Godly wisdom and live our lives for Him.

 

By God’s grace, let us all study these proverbs diligently, giving them the value that they deserve.

 

May the Lord bless us as we receive this sound wisdom and then “Think On These Things”.

 

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The Human Conscience Series: “Summary Of Our Study”

SIH TOA ICONThe wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

As our study on the human conscience comes to an end. I would like us to take a few moments to review our study and look at a text from Proverbs 28:1…. The wicked flee when no man pursueth:  but the righteous are bold as a lion.  (Prov 28:1)

 THE SCRIPTURES:

1) The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.   (Proverbs 28:1 – KJV)

1) The lawless, fleeth when no man pursueth, but, the righteous, like a lion, are confident.   (Proverbs 28:1 – EBR)

THE STUDY:

What a grand way to end our study of the human conscience, we will now take a few moments to study our theme verse.  A verse that is a great summary to our entire series…

Here, we see the work of the conscience in the life one who has been unfaithful to the Lord and following a path of sin….

The wicked flee when no man pursueth:

“Those who have broken the commands of the Lord will run to a hiding place when no man is hunting or persecuting them.”  Why will this take place?  Why is one a fugitive when one man is attempting to catch and harm him?  He does this because of the powerful testimony of the conscience at work in his life.

We have all experienced guilt in our lives.  It is a very powerful emotion that changes the way we perceive everything around us…. a perfect example of the power of guilt is found in Leviticus 26:27-37.  Here, the Lord is speaking to those who have willfully rebelled against His desires for the nation of Israel. They had chosen to replace the worship of Jehovah with the worship of false idols.  Look at how He responds to their sinfulness…
27) And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;

Due to their willful rebellion against the Lord and the testimony of their conscience…
28) Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins…

The Lord would intervene in two ways:

First, He would take away many of the blessings that they no longer appreciated…
29) And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat.
30) And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.
31) And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
32) And I will bring the land into desolation: and your enemies which dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
33) And I will scatter you among the heathen, and will draw out a sword after you: and your land shall be desolate, and your cities waste.
34) Then shall the land enjoy her sabbaths, as long as it lieth desolate, and ye [be] in your enemies’ land; [even] then shall the land rest, and enjoy her sabbaths.
35) As long as it lieth desolate it shall rest; because it did not rest in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.

Secondly, He would placed in their hearts a spirit of fear and paranoia, through the continuing testimony of their conscience….
36) And upon them that are left [alive] of you I will send a faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies; and the sound of a shaken leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as fleeing from a sword; and they shall fall when none pursueth.
37) And they shall fall one upon another, as it were before a sword, when none pursueth: and ye shall have no power to stand before your enemies.

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

In comparison, those who are diligent in following the promptings of their conscience, possess an inner spiritual confidence and strength that is founded upon their close relationship with their Lord.  We have that principle shown to us in 1 John 3:19-22 ….
19) And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
By knowing that we have applied the truth of God to our lives, we can have confidence that we are one of His people.
20) For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
If our human fallen fleshly conscience is telling us that we have sin in our lives, how many more sins are seen by the Holy God who knows all things?  If our conscience is telling us we have sin in our life, we can rest assured our sin does not stop there.  There are probably many other sins we commit that are known by God but unknown to us at our current level of spiritual maturity.

21) Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God.
22) And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
The blessing of having a clear conscience before God involves:
1.  knowing we have a close relationship with Him, we are saved and putting Him first in our lives.
2.  knowing that the same God that saved us, is the same God that promises to be with us, lead us, protect us and accompany us throughout our walk on earth.  We can no with certainty He will bless us for our faithfulness to Him.
3.  knowing that as we pray in His will, He will grant our requests as He works out what is best for our lives.

All of this becomes a reality to us as we see His gracious intervention exhibited in our lives through a changed life of obedience to Him.  When we see obedience in our lives, we are also viewing His grace at work in our lives.  Our lives of obedience is a great source of confidence that we are truly saved and in a close walk with Him.

Proverb 28:1 is a case study of the results of going against the urgings of our conscience and committing willful, rebellious sin in the life….
1. The Lord takes away material blessings
2. The Lord takes away spiritual blessings of confidence, bravery and reliance upon Him
3. The Lord allows them to become a defeated and powerless people that was bringing shame to the cause of their Lord.

And in comparison the results of following our conscience and living lives of service that glorify and honor Him…
1.  We know the Lord will meet our every need as our loving heavenly Father.
2.  We know the Lord will bless us spiritually granting us confidence, bravery and reliance upon Him.
3.  We know the Lord will enable us to be powerful, victorious servants, glorifying Him in all areas of our lives.

After reading these texts, helping us to understand the benefits of following our conscience, and seeing the harmful results of ignoring the conscience’s testimony in our lives, how can we not strive to follow our conscience every day?   In doing so, we will be glorifying our Lord and living a blessed life of close communion with Him.

THE SUMMARY:

In our study of the human conscience we have seen:

Lesson One and Lesson Four
1.That the conscience is the gracious gift given by God that is a guide for our lives.  The guiding of the conscience is based upon the perceived truth that we have within us. This emphasizes to us the importance of having a well-rounded knowledge of Scripture which can form the foundation of the working of our conscience.
2.  The conviction of the conscience and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, although similar and related are, in actually, two separate types of conviction from the Lord.

We saw that conscience conviction without the Holy Spirit’s workings results in: sorrow without Godly intervention and eternal spiritual death. Compare this to the conscience that is used as a tool by the Holy Spirit to convict and convince results in: sorrow that results in turning from the sin to service to God;  sorrow that is a gift of God’s grace; sorrow that results in repentance and salvation; sorrow for sin that is permanent; and sorrow that results in Godliness as a top priority of life.

Lesson Two
3.  The conscience of man was active within men during the times of the Old Testament and times of the New Testament as well.

Lesson Three
4.    The conscience works in many and varied ways but all its workings are aimed towards bringing us into alignment with the will of God for our lives.

Lesson Five
5.   For the truth of God’s Word to affect our lifestyle, the truth must be received in our mind and conscience and then applied to our will.

Lesson Six
6.  The ministries of the conscience can be pictured by a messenger, an eye, and a rod.  It is through its three ministries that we can come to understand our true spiritual condition and the spiritual needs of our lives

Lesson Seven
7.  The conscience helps us in seven ways to better serve Christ… It guides our conduct; It strengthens us for service; it enhances our fellowship;  it encourages our witnessing; it aids our prayerlife; it teaches us to be Godly citizens; it builds our character.

Lesson Eight through Eleven
8.  There are four types of consciences described in the Bible: Good, Strong, Weak, and Evil.
9.  We looked at the many differing characteristics, marks and keys to properly deal with each type in our life.
10.  We are to strive to obtain a good and strong conscience; while constantly on guard against allowing our conscience to become weak, or evil.
11.  One of the main keys to developing the desired type of conscience lies in our hearing, believing, and applying the truths of God’s Word to our life.  Also, the need to heed the urgings of the conscience and to live our lives according to it’s leadership is an important factor as well.

Lesson Twelve
12. We saw the importance of submitting to the God-given authorities that are over us.  These included (family, church and government)
13.  We saw several examples of those who chose to follow the Lord’s will for their lives and in doing so, they rebelled against sinful desires of the government that was over them.
14. Finally, in the rare event we must disobey the government to make Christ our first priority we must: be sure we have a consistent Godly testimony; disobey only based upon CLEAR Biblical teachings; always be exhibiting love and concern for others during our disobedience; disobey with the goal to be a witness of the glory of God; behave as Christ would behave.

By God’s grace let us all be aware of the importance and condition of our consciences.  In doing so, let us all strive to maintain a good and strong conscience that will a constant companion as we live our lives for Christ.

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The Human Conscience Series: “Civil Disobedience”

SIH TOA ICONThe wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

 

It is a very dangerous thing to oppose a body which has God-given authority (ie the family, the church, the government).

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation…   (Romans 13:1-2)

THE SCRIPTURES:

19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.
20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.
21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all [men] glorified God for that which was done. (Acts 4:19-21)

29) Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. (Acts 5:29)

1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.  5) Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 

6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.  11) And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].   (Romans 13:1-14)

THE STUDY:

Why are we to obey civil governments? (All texts from Romans 13:)

1.  To Avoid God’s Wrath
1) Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil. 

The human governments were established by the Lord to punish evildoers and avenge the abused.  When the governments are fulfilling their God-given responsibilities, we need to support and submit ourselves to its laws.

2.  For Our Conscience’s Sake
5) Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.   6) For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  7) Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. 

We are to follow the dictates of our conscience, and monetarily support human governments, knowing that they exist for our good and the glory and honor of our Lord.  They are the Lord’s minister, we are to be supportive of their ministry.

3. For Love’s Sake
8) Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law. 

Motivated by love for our fellow man, we are to be supportive of the human government that is fighting to stop abuse and harm coming to those we love.  This is done by the government upholding the moral laws of God and punishing those who choose to selfishly abuse others.

4. For Jesus’s Sake
11) And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.  12) The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].   

Submitting ourselves to our government will enhance our public testimony.  Submission to governments who are upholding His commands will result in us living holy lives that will glorify Him and set a good example for others to follow.

There are times when we are to disobey governments for the sake of Christ…

(Acts 4:19-21)
19) But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.  20) For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.  21) So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all [men] glorified God for that which was done.

(Acts 5:29-32)
29) Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  30) The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.  31) Him hath God exalted with his right hand [to be] a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.  32) And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

In both the above texts, we find the early Christians choosing to continue to tell others about the Lord Jesus, in opposition to the government’s attempts to stop their witness. Peter describes it as “We ought to obey God rather than man” in other words, “the proper thing to do is to submit to the desires of God and put them ahead of the desires of the government.”

We have this same principle brought out in several other examples in the Bible:

1. Exodus 1: – The midwives chose to save the children of the Hebrews instead of murdering them as the government had commanded.
2.  Daniel 1: – Daniel and the Hebrew children chose to not partake of the unlawful food given to them by the government
3.  Daniel 6: – Daniel continued to set the proper example by pryaing in public in opposition to the command of the government.
4.  Jeremiah 37:-38: – Jeremiah refused to rely upon a heathen nation, as dictated by the government, but chose to rely upon His God.
5.  Acts 28: – Paul chose to continue His ministry in opposition to the governments command resulting in Him being emprisoned by Rome.
6.  Rev 1:9 – John had been place upon the isle of Patmos by Rome as a punishment for His continuing to minister for Christ.

Principles To Follow In Civil Disobedience (from Romans 13:)…

1.  We must be sure we have a consistent Godly testimony
13) Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.  14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

2.  Our disobedience must be based upon CLEAR Biblical teachings
5) Wherefore [ye] must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. 

3. We must always be exhibiting love and concern for others during our disobedience
9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love [is] the fulfilling of the law.

4. We must disobey with the goal to be a witness of the glory of God.  This means we must behave as Christ would behave.
14) But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].

5. We are to disobey only when all other avenues have been exhausted
18) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.  (Romans 12:18)

PLEASE REMEMBER, TO CONSCIENCIOUSLY OBJECT TO THE GOVERNMENT MEANS:
1. TO OBJECT TO SOMETHING BASED UPON THE DICTATES OF OUR CONSCIENCE
2. TO OBJECT TO SOMETHING USING OUR CONSCIENCE TO GUIDE US WHILE WE ARE OBJECTING

THE SUMMARY:

Why are we to obey civil governments? (All texts from Romans 13:)
1.  To Avoid God’s Wrath
2.  For Our Conscience’s Sake
3. For Love’s Sake
4. For Jesus’s Sake

There are times when we are to disobey governments for the sake of Christ…
1. Exodus 1: – The midwives chose to save the children of the Hebrews instead of murdering them as the government had commanded.
2.  Daniel 1: – Daniel and the Hebrew children chose to not partake of the unlawful food given to them by the government
3.  Daniel 6: – Daniel continued to set the proper example by pryaing in public in opposition to the command of the government.
4.  Jeremiah 37:-38: – Jeremiah refused to rely upon a heathen nation, as dictated by the government, but chose to rely upon His God.
5.  Acts 28: – Paul chose to continue His ministry in opposition to the governments command resulting in Him being emprisoned by Rome.
6.  Rev 1:9 – John had been place upon the isle of Patmos by Rome as a punishment for His continuing to minister for Christ.

Principles To Follow In Civil Disobedience (from Romans 13:)…
1.  We must be sure we have a consistent Godly testimony
2.  Our disobedience must be based upon CLEAR Biblical teachings
3. We must always be exhibiting love and concern for others during our disobedience
4. We must disobey with the goal to be a witness of the glory of God.  This means we must behave as Christ would behave.
5. We are to disobey only when all other avenues have been exhausted

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The Human Conscience Series: “The Four Types Of Consciences: A Weak Conscience”

SIH TOA ICONThe wicked flee when no man pursueth:

but the righteous are bold as a lion.

(Prov 28:1)

 

The Scriptures help us to understand that there are four different types of consciences that exist within man:
1.  A Good Conscience
2.  A Strong Conscience
3.  A Weak Conscience
4.  An Evil Conscience

Along with identifying these types of consciences, we also find teachings concerning the identifying marks of these consciences and how to maintain, or develop, the types of conscience that the Lord is pleased with.  In this section of our study we will be looking at a “Weak” conscience…

THE SCRIPTURES:

Rom 14:1-23  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.  (2)  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.  (3)  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  (4)  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  (5)  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.  (6)  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  (7)  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  (8)  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.  (9)  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.  (10)  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  (11)  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  (12)  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.  (13)  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  (14)  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  (15)  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  (16)  Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  (17)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  (18)  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.  (19)  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  (20)  For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  (21)  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  (22)  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  (23)  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Rom 15:1-7  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  (2)  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  (3)  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.  (4)  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  (5)  Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:  (6)  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (7) Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

1Co 8:7-12  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.  (8)  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.  (9)  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.  (10)  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;  (11)  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  (12)  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

Eph 4:14-15  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  (15)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Col 2:8-22  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  (9)  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  (10)  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  (11)  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  (12)  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  (13)  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  (14)  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  (15)  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  (16)  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  (17)  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.  (18)  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,  (19)  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  (20)  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (21)  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  (22)  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Heb 5:12-14  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  (13)  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  (14)  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

 

THE STUDY:

The Characteristics Of A Weak Conscience:

#1 – It Is A Conscience Lacking Truth Possessed By A Saved Person (Possibly Attending Church)

(1 Corinthians 8:7)

1Co 8:7-12  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.  (8)  But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 

They are saved people who are lacking the truths of God’s Word.  Because of this their conscience is functioning on a base that lacks a full understanding of the Word.

 

(Romans 14:1)

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye,

Although they possess a weak conscience, they can still be “in the faith”.  

 

 

#2 – Makes Hasty Judgments About Doubtful Things

(Romans 14:1)

but not to doubtful disputations.

One who is weak in the faith argues and makes judgments on doubtful things.  They make judgments that are not based on a “thus saith the Lord”, but are based upon a lack of Biblical knowledge.

 

#3 – Very Critical Of Others

(Romans 14:2-4)

(2)  For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.  (3)  Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.  (4)  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth… Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind…   (10)  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  (11)  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  (12)  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 

Paul teaches us several truths about those who are quick to judge over doubtful things…  Paul uses the issue of eating meat offered to idols.  He emphasizes that in these issues:
1.  we are to allow freedom for each individual to make up their own mind.
2.  we are to refrain from judging others about these doubtful teachings.
3.  we are to remember that each one of us are held accountable and will personally answer to the Lord for what we do in our own lives.

Based upon the above three points, it makes it plain that any judgements that are made should be done by those who are spiritually mature, from a heart of love and a desire to help those who are being judged.

 

#4 – It Is Unstable, Stumbles Easily

(Romans 14:13)

(13)  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  (14)  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 

Those who have weak consciences, due to a lack of a firm Biblical foundation, find themselves easily stumbling being misled by ungodly examples, or unscriptural teachings.  Many times, they will be hindered in their Christian walk as they follow those who will lead them away from the path that the Lord would have for them to take.

 

#5 – It Is Easily Wounded Or Offended

(Romans 14:15-16, 1Corinthians 8:12)

(15)  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.  (16)  Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 

Those who are weak will be easily wounded and offended.  Because of this, great charity and care should be used when working with these individuals.  By mishandling the situation, those who are trying to help can actually makes matters worse.

 

(9)  But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.  (10)  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;  (11)  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  (12)  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

Also, in many cases, those who are stronger in the faith must limit the exercise of their won personal liberties for the sake of those who are weaker.  In the case above, although eating meat offered to idols is a liberty that strong Christians possess, Paul teaches that the exercise of this liberty should be withheld for the good of those who could misinterpret our actions.

 

 

#6 – It Has Confused Priorities

(Romans 14:17)

(17)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  (18)  For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.  (19)  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.  (20)  For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  (21)  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  (22)  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  (23)  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Due to the lack of Biblical foundation for the judgments their conscience makes, the weak continually doubt themselves and unsure of the appropriate course that should be taken.  Their priorities become confused with them not knowing that these doubtful issues are not to be their number one priority in life.  Instead, their first priority is to have a close walk with the Lord and doing everything in a spirit of trust and joy in Christ.

 

 

#7 – It Is Legalistic (Imposing Man’s Rules Upon Others)

(Colossians 2:8, 20-22)

Col 2:8-22  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  (9)  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  (10)  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  (11)  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  (12)  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  (13)  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  (14)  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  (15)  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  (16)  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:  (17)  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.  (18)  Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,  (19)  And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.  (20)  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (21)  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  (22)  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Those whose conscience is weak has a tendency to impose the regulations of man upon themselves and others.  Instead of being able to discern God’s desires for our lives, they find themselves attempting to enforce the legalistic laws of man mistaking them for the laws of God.

Paul describes these human regulations as “philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.   He then goes further by stating “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?”

#8 – It Is Weak Due To Lack of Exercise

(Hebrews 5:12-14)

Heb 5:12-14  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  (13)  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  (14)  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

For those who are spiritually weak, we find another aspect of their weakness involves not exercising their conscience as they should.  Instead of following it’s urgings, they turn from the revelation of their conscience and ignore it.   This hinders the work of their conscience, deadening it, causing them to have difficulty in discerning between good and evil.

 

 

The Cure For A Weak Conscience:

 

#1 – Speaking The Truth In Love

(Ephesians 4:14-15)

Eph 4:14-15  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;  (15)  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

By those who are strong kindly speaking the truth to the weak, motivated from a heart of love and desire to help them grow, the weak can be taught resulting in their spiritual maturity.

 

 

#2 – Received and Nurtured By Mature Christians

(Romans 14:1)

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

We are to bring to hold close to ourselves those who are weak.  They are to be nurtured and gently cared for by mature Christians  who are well equipped to meet their needs through the gracious intervention of Christ.

 

 

#3 – Edification

(Romans 14:13-23)

Rom 14:13-23  Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way…  (19)  Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another… (21)  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  (22)  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  (23)  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

The two great needs of the weak Christian is “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another”.  Through the intervention of those who are mature, peace can be brought into those who find themselves weak in the faith. Through the proper teaching and examples, those who are weak can grow in the faith and become very useful vessels in the service of Christ.

 

#4 – Sacrifices Made For Them (Take Great Care In Speaking And Working With Them)

(Romans 15:1)

Rom 15:1-3  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  (2)  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.  (3)  For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

This includes loving self-sacrifice on the part of the strong.  Some of those sacrifices may include:
1.  helping to support the weak in areas where they are spiritually weak and sickly.
2.  teaching and setting the example so that they may be built up in the faith.
3.  exposing themselves to ridicule and criticism for giving their attention to the weak.

Do We Have A Weak Conscience?

#1 – Are We Not Receiving Teaching From The Word On A Regular Basis?
#2 – Do We Have A Tendency To Make Hasty Judgments About Things That Are Not Clearly Taught In The Word Of God?
#3 – Do We Find Yourself To Be Very Critical Of Others?
#4 – Are We Easily Hindered In Your Spiritual Walk?
#5 – Do We Have A Hard Time Taking Criticism From Others?
#6 – Do We Have Trouble Setting Godly Priorities?
#7 – Do We Find Yourself Imposing Man’s Rules Upon Others?
#8 – Do We Ignore the Conviction of Your Conscience By Acting Against It?

 

THE SUMMARY:

In this study we have seen…

The Characteristics Of A Weak Conscience:
#1 – It Is A Conscience Lacking Truth Possessed By A Saved Person (Possibly Attending Church)
#2 – Makes Hasty Judgments About Doubtful Things
#3 – Very Critical Of Others
#4 – It Is Unstable, Stumbles Easily
#5 – It Is Easily Wounded Or Offended
#6 – It Has Confused Priorities
#7 – It Is Legalistic (Imposing Man’s Rules Upon Others)
#8 – It Is Weak Due To Lack of Exercise

 

 

The Cure For A Weak Conscience:
#1 – Speaking The Truth In Love
#2 – Received and Nurtured By Mature Christians
#3 – Edification
#4 – Sacrifices Made For Them (Take Great Care In Speaking And Working With Them)

For a free copy of this series in book form pdf version: please go to: https://settledinheaven.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/conscience.pdf

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Settled In Heaven Ministries Text Blog: https://settledinheaven.wordpress.com