Gods group thoughts for 2/19/2013 “Let Your Conscience be Your Guide”

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1 Corinthians 4:1-2Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.  (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul wrote this opening scripture…  The Apostle Paul had one goal from the time Christ struck him down from heaven…  You see, the Apostle Paul (who was formerly named Saul), was on the road to Damascus looking for Christians, when blinded by Christ…    Christ chose this most unlikely candidate, to convert from a Pharisee who hated Christians, and was determined to crucify as many Christians as possible…to Christ’s choice to spend the next 30+ years teaching and preaching the gospel of Christ to primarily the gentiles (Acts 9:15)…  Here is the link to read about what I believe is this most amazing conversion in the New Testament…and possibly the entire Bible…     http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=acts%209:1-22&version=NKJV

The Apostle Paul, from this point of his miraculous conversion, always considered himself to be a “bondservant” of Jesus Christ (Romans 1:1…&…Philippians 1:1)…   As a servant and a steward of the Lord…the Apostle Paul writes that being found faithfulwas a most important priority…

The Apostle Paul goes on to write this, in…1 Corinthians 4:3-4…   But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by a human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I know of nothing against myself, yet I am not justified by this; but He who judges me is the Lord.  (NKJV)

The Apostle Paul had a clear conscience; because he knew he was doing everything he could to please the Lord, his Master…  The Apostle Paul tells his protégé Timothy this, in…2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did, as without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day,  (NKJV)

The conscience is the soul’s warning system for the Christian, which can only be kept in a pure state by total submission to the Holy Spirit…  The Apostle Paul writes about how the Christian can become acceptable to God, which is indeed their responsibility as good stewards for Christ…

Romans 12:1-2…  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  (NKJV)

The Christian, who is living in sin, cannot be deemed righteous and acceptable to the Lord…  Yes, their positional righteousness before the Lord will always be perfect…  But the Christian’s practical righteousness can only be acceptable to the Lord, when they have confessed any and all sins before Him, in reverent prayer…  1 John 1:9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  (NKJV)

A Christian cannot have a pure conscience, unless they are walking with the Lord in sweet fellowship, as a Spirit filled Christian (Ephesians 5:18-20)…  The Apostle Paul knew this…  The Apostle Paul preached this…  And as Christians…we have been called to be good stewards of the grace that God has blessed us with…  Anything less, and the only one we will be making happy is Satan…

God reserves His richest blessings for His Children that are walking with Him, as pleasing in His sight…  These blessings include the fullness of joy (John 15:9-11)…a love of Christ which passed our mortal knowledge (Ephesians 3:19)…and a supernatural peace which surpasses our mortal understanding (Philippians 4:6-7)…

I will close with this prayer that the Apostle Paul wrote for the believers from the church of Ephesus…

Ephesians 3:16-20that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  (NKJV)

I spent a whole day writing about how the Christian can “Unleash the Power” of the Holy Spirit, back on 1/10/2013…  You could scroll back and read about this at… www.Godsmanforever.wordpress.com   …or on Twitter @Godsmanforever…   Once a Christian gets to this level of spiritual maturity, where living for Christ is the primary goal of their lives…they will not want to live in any other way…  The fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) has to be experienced to be believed…

Heavenly Father, I can only pray that these humble, honest, words I have written today…will have my friends looking at their own lives, in order to make the necessary changes to be walking in sweet fellowship with You…  Urge them Father, through their conscience…to submit to Your will and Your ways…  I pray for this fullness of Christ, in Jesus’ most precious name and for His sake…Amen…

written by bruce r mills

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