Thursday, May 18th 2023
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD DSc DD
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck (1 Timothy 1:19).
From our theme scripture, we observe the connection between faith and a good conscience. You need both for a balanced and effective Christian life. Your conscience is the voice of your spirit. Your conscience can be trusted, but it’ll only be dependable if your spirit is educated with the Word of God.
Some people do terrible things; they sponsor or participate in acts of wickedness, violence and bloodshed. And their conscience allows them to do such things. Why? It’s because of the condition of their spirits. Their conscience has been educated to permit such evil and wickedness. Their conscience has been seared with a hot iron (1 Timothy 4:2). But if your spirit is conditioned by the Word of God, you’ll have the voice of God in your heart, and it’ll be different.
The Bible says out of your heart—your spirit—are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). It’s therefore important that you train your spirit with the Word to be a sure guide. Never allow negative thoughts and ideas—thoughts of bitterness, wickedness, evil, violence or terror—grow in you.
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly….” Store the Word of God richly in your heart, and you’ll be able to bring every negative thought into captivity to the obedience of the Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). Hallelujah!
The Word of God has imparted wisdom to my spirit and renewed my mind to think divine thoughts; thoughts that are consistent with God’s eternal purposes and will for my life! I bring forth good things from within my spirit today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
|| Proverbs 4:20-23
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. 23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life. ||
|| 1 Timothy 1:19 AMPC
Holding fast to faith (that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence) and having a good (clear) conscience. By rejecting and thrusting from them [their conscience], some individuals have made shipwreck of their faith. ||
|| 1 Timothy 4:15 AMPC
Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody. ||
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-Year Bible Reading Plan:
John 8:31-47 & 1 Kings 22
2-Year Bible Reading Plan:
Mark 11:1-11 & Numbers 21
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