Conscience: God's Umpire
1 TIMOTHY 1:5 WHAT IS CONSCIENCE?
CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S UMPIRE—DANIEL 2:21 <ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S DIVINE COMPASS </li></ul><ul><li>PSALMS 119:105 </li></...
CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SURGICAL TOOL—HEBREWS 4:12 <ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SONAR </li></ul><ul><li>JONAH 2:1, 2; 2:2 </li>...
CONSCIENCE DICTATES NOT DEBATES <ul><li>JESUS TOLD NICODEMUS, “…YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” </li></ul>
CONSCIENCE IS DIVINITY INTERACTING WITH HUMANITY <ul><li>GENESIS 2:7 </li></ul><ul><li>And the LORD God formed man [of] th...
CONSCIENCE MUST BE EDUCATED <ul><li>PROVERBS 22:6 </li></ul><ul><li>Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he ...
CONSCIENCE SCREAMS: YOU’RE IN A MESS—WHY NOT CONFESS! <ul><li>WHAT MADE … </li></ul><ul><li>ADAM AND EVE HIDE FROM GOD? </...
WHAT’S THE MESSAGE? <ul><li>JACOB NEEDED A PURE CONSCIENCE,  AND NOT AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED MESSAGE. </li></ul><ul><li>TES...
BIBLE:  FOUR  KINDS OF CONSCIENCES <ul><li>CONVICTED CONSCIENCE—JOHN 8:9 </li></ul><ul><li>SEARED CONSCIENCE—1 TIMOTHY 4:2...
1. CONVICTED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>STORY: JOHN 8:1- 9 - 11 [WOMAN] </li></ul><ul><li>STORY: ACTS 9:1- 6  [ SAUL] </li></ul><u...
CONVICT ION—CONSCIENCE: INSTINCT SUPERSEDES INTELLIGENCE <ul><li>BALAAM’S DONKEY SPOKE TO HIM </li></ul><ul><li>SANCTIFIED...
EVANGELISM,  p . 542 Thus the truth is to be made impressive as a great whole and command the intellect. Truth, Bible trut...
A CONVICTED CONSCIENCE SOFTENS WHILE AND SEARED CONSCIENCE HARDENS ACTS 9:5, 6
2. WE MOVE TO A SEARED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>1 TIMOTHY 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>WHO’S SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY? </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>IF SOME MEMBERS ARE OFFENDED BY TRUTH, SHOULD WE BLAME UNBELIEVERS WHO WELCOME TRADITION? </li></ul><ul><li>GALATI...
IS A SEARED CONSCIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH HYPOCRISY…? <ul><li>1 TIMOTHY 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>HYPOCRISY INVOLVES SAYING ONE T...
3. WE MOVE TO A PURE CONSCIENCE. <ul><li>WHAT IS A PURE CONSCIENCE? </li></ul><ul><li>A PURE CONSCIENCE IS THE OPPOSITE OF...
HOW DOES IT WORK? <ul><li>A PURE CONSCIENCE WILL: </li></ul><ul><li>SET YOU FREE—NOT HOLD YOU HOSTAGE </li></ul><ul><li>MA...
ACTS OF THE APOSTLES,  p.  431 <ul><li>ALL WHO IN THAT EVIL DAY WOULD FEARLESSLY SERVE GOD ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF CO...
4. WE MOVE TO A DEFILED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE DEFILED? </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN EVIL IS DESCRIBED AS GOO...
WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE DEFILED? <ul><li>WHEN WE DELIBERATELY REMAIN IN-HOUSE, INSTEAD OF GOING TO GOD’S HOUSE. </li></ul><...
A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MAKES ONE UNHAPPY IN A CHURCH FULL OF HAPPY PEOPLE! <ul><li>MARK 1:21-26 [MAN-EVIL SPIRIT] </li></ul>...
HOW DOES CONSCIENCE WORK? <ul><li>IT WORKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT—WHILE THE PHYSICAL MAN WORKS FROM THE OUTSIDE IN. </li></ul...
CHANGE DOES NOT COME BY ALTERING ONE’S ENVIRONMENT… <ul><li>CHANGE BEGINS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! </li></ul><ul><li>JOHN 8:7-...
A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MADE A PERFECT DESIGN MALFUNCTIONED…WHO?  <ul><li>LUCIFER </li></ul>
MIND—INTELLECT—AND EMOTION ALWAYS JUSTIFY WHAT CONSCIENCE CONDEMNS <ul><li>ILLUSTRATION: </li></ul><ul><li>2 SAMUEL 11:1-2...
COSMIC CONFLICT: SPIRITUAL VS. PHYSICAL WARFARE <ul><li>FLESH SAYS—LOOK! </li></ul><ul><li>MIND—GO GET HER!  </li></ul><ul...
THAT DEPENDS ON WHETHER WE ARE SPIRITUAL! <ul><li>CONSCIENCE—WALK AWAY! </li></ul><ul><li>MIND—GROW UP!  </li></ul><ul><li...
CONSCIENCE NEVER BOWS TO OUTSIDE—PEER PRESSURE! <ul><li>READ 1 KINGS 22:1- 8  [AHAB & JEHOSHAPHAT] </li></ul><ul><li>CHRIS...
TRUTH THAT’S PREACHED WITH A PURE CONSCIENCE IS NOT DETERMINED BY A GALLUP POLL <ul><li>CHRISTIANS NOWADAYS ARE MORE INCLI...
<ul><li>THE WORLD’S BEST HOPE IS A REVIVAL OF A PURE CONSCIENCE. AND WALKING IN THE SPIRIT WILL ENABLE US TO DO JUST THAT....
WHEN WE DEFILE THE VOICE OF CONSCIENCE, WE EXPECT TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT? <ul><li>WE WON’T GO TO CHURCH…BUT WE WILL GO TO T...
CONSCIENCE CAN LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTH AND BLOOD STAINS ON THE HANDS. <ul><li>PILATE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REDEEM H...
IN CONCLUSION: CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S UMPIRE. <ul><li>REVELATION 3:20 </li></ul><ul><li>Behold,  I  stand at the door, and kn...
 
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  1. 2. Conscience: God's Umpire
  2. 3. 1 TIMOTHY 1:5 WHAT IS CONSCIENCE?
  3. 4. CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S UMPIRE—DANIEL 2:21 <ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S DIVINE COMPASS </li></ul><ul><li>PSALMS 119:105 </li></ul><ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S GPS </li></ul><ul><li>MATTHEW 2:1, 9 </li></ul>
  4. 5. CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SURGICAL TOOL—HEBREWS 4:12 <ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S SONAR </li></ul><ul><li>JONAH 2:1, 2; 2:2 </li></ul><ul><li>CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S RADAR </li></ul><ul><li>PSALMS 139:7, 8 </li></ul>
  5. 6. CONSCIENCE DICTATES NOT DEBATES <ul><li>JESUS TOLD NICODEMUS, “…YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN.” </li></ul>
  6. 7. CONSCIENCE IS DIVINITY INTERACTING WITH HUMANITY <ul><li>GENESIS 2:7 </li></ul><ul><li>And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. </li></ul>
  7. 8. CONSCIENCE MUST BE EDUCATED <ul><li>PROVERBS 22:6 </li></ul><ul><li>Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. </li></ul><ul><li>ILLUSTRATION: </li></ul><ul><li>CONSCIENCE—TELL THE TRUTH! </li></ul><ul><li>ADVERSARY—DON’T TELL IT! </li></ul><ul><li>WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? </li></ul>
  8. 9. CONSCIENCE SCREAMS: YOU’RE IN A MESS—WHY NOT CONFESS! <ul><li>WHAT MADE … </li></ul><ul><li>ADAM AND EVE HIDE FROM GOD? </li></ul><ul><li>PILATE’S WIFE SAID, “HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS MAN!” </li></ul><ul><li>JUDAS SAID, “I HAVE BETRAYED INNOCENT BLOOD.” </li></ul><ul><li>JACOB RAN FROM ESAU…BIRTHRIGHT? </li></ul>
  9. 10. WHAT’S THE MESSAGE? <ul><li>JACOB NEEDED A PURE CONSCIENCE, AND NOT AN EMOTIONALLY CHARGED MESSAGE. </li></ul><ul><li>TESTIMONIES, VOL 5, p. 301 </li></ul><ul><li>If the preaching is of an emotional character, it will affect the feelings, but not the heart and conscience. </li></ul>
  10. 11. BIBLE: FOUR KINDS OF CONSCIENCES <ul><li>CONVICTED CONSCIENCE—JOHN 8:9 </li></ul><ul><li>SEARED CONSCIENCE—1 TIMOTHY 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>PURE CONSCIENCE—1 TIMOTHY 3:9 </li></ul><ul><li>DEFILED CONSCIENCE—TITUS 1:15 </li></ul>
  11. 12. 1. CONVICTED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>STORY: JOHN 8:1- 9 - 11 [WOMAN] </li></ul><ul><li>STORY: ACTS 9:1- 6 [ SAUL] </li></ul><ul><li>A CONVICTED CONSCIENCE COMES BY MEANS OF: </li></ul><ul><li>A DREAM—NEBUCHADNEZZAR—DANIEL 2 </li></ul><ul><li>VISION—SAUL—ACTS 9 </li></ul><ul><li>ADVERSITY—JOB—JOB 42 </li></ul><ul><li>GOSPEL—PRISON WARDEN—ACTS 16:26-31 </li></ul><ul><li>DENIAL—PETER—MARK 14:67-72 </li></ul>
  12. 13. CONVICT ION—CONSCIENCE: INSTINCT SUPERSEDES INTELLIGENCE <ul><li>BALAAM’S DONKEY SPOKE TO HIM </li></ul><ul><li>SANCTIFIED LIFE, p. 76 </li></ul><ul><li>Of all the creatures that God has made upon the earth, man alone is rebellious. Yet he possesses reasoning powers to understand the claims of the divine law and a conscience to feel the guilt of transgression and the peace and joy of obedience. </li></ul>
  13. 14. EVANGELISM, p . 542 Thus the truth is to be made impressive as a great whole and command the intellect. Truth, Bible truth, is to become the authority for the conscience and the love and life of the soul.
  14. 15. A CONVICTED CONSCIENCE SOFTENS WHILE AND SEARED CONSCIENCE HARDENS ACTS 9:5, 6
  15. 16. 2. WE MOVE TO A SEARED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>1 TIMOTHY 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>WHO’S SPEAKING LIES IN HYPOCRISY? </li></ul><ul><li>1 TIMOTHY 4:1 </li></ul><ul><li>THEREFORE, IF RIGHTEOUS MEMBERS SIMMER WITH ANGER, OUTBURST, AND INDIGNATION, SHOULD WE EXPECT THE UNRIGHTEOUS TO SING WITH JOY? </li></ul>
  16. 17. <ul><li>IF SOME MEMBERS ARE OFFENDED BY TRUTH, SHOULD WE BLAME UNBELIEVERS WHO WELCOME TRADITION? </li></ul><ul><li>GALATIANS 2:14 </li></ul><ul><li>MEANWHILE, WE ARE BLAMING THEM (UNBELIEVERS), THEY ARE BLAMING US…WHO’S AT FAULT? </li></ul><ul><li>ROMANS 2:24 </li></ul>
  17. 18. IS A SEARED CONSCIENCE ASSOCIATED WITH HYPOCRISY…? <ul><li>1 TIMOTHY 4:2 </li></ul><ul><li>HYPOCRISY INVOLVES SAYING ONE THING WHILE DOING THE CONTRARY. </li></ul><ul><li>HYPOCRISY—PLAY ACTING </li></ul><ul><li>STORY: SEARED CONSCIENCE—LUKE 4:16-29 </li></ul><ul><li>WHILE JESUS’ MOTIVE TOWARD HIS CHURCH WAS OF A PURE CONSCIENCE, THE CHURCHES’ MOTIVE TOWARD HIM WAS OF A SEARED CONSCIENCE. </li></ul>
  18. 19. 3. WE MOVE TO A PURE CONSCIENCE. <ul><li>WHAT IS A PURE CONSCIENCE? </li></ul><ul><li>A PURE CONSCIENCE IS THE OPPOSITE OF A DEFILED CONSCIENCE. </li></ul><ul><li>A PURE CONSCIENCE DOES NOT MEDICATE YOU. IT TRANSFORMS YOU. </li></ul><ul><li>JEREMIAH 46:11 & 2 CHRONICLES 16:10-12 </li></ul>
  19. 20. HOW DOES IT WORK? <ul><li>A PURE CONSCIENCE WILL: </li></ul><ul><li>SET YOU FREE—NOT HOLD YOU HOSTAGE </li></ul><ul><li>MAKE YOU GLAD—NOT MAKE YOU SAD </li></ul><ul><li>HEAL YOU—NOT HURT YOU </li></ul><ul><li>CARE FOR YOU—NOT CRITICIZE YOU </li></ul><ul><li>PREACH TRUTH (BIBLE TRUTH) NOT TRADITION </li></ul>
  20. 21. ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, p. 431 <ul><li>ALL WHO IN THAT EVIL DAY WOULD FEARLESSLY SERVE GOD ACCORDING TO THE DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE, WILL NEED COURAGE, FIRMNESS, AND A KNOWLEDGE OF GOD AND HIS WORD; FOR THOSE WHO ARE TRUE TO GOD WILL BE PERSECUTED, AND THEIR NAMES CAST OUT AS EVIL. SATAN STRIVES TO STIR UP AGAINST THEM THE RAGE OF THOSE WHO, WHILE CLAIMING TO BE RIGHTEOUS, TRAMPLE UPON THE LAW OF GOD. </li></ul>
  21. 22. 4. WE MOVE TO A DEFILED CONSCIENCE <ul><li>WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE DEFILED? </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN EVIL IS DESCRIBED AS GOOD… </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN THE SACRED IS TREATED AS COMMON. </li></ul><ul><li>ACTS 5:1-9 [ANANIAS & SAPPHIRA] </li></ul><ul><li>THEIR DEFILED CONSCIENCE TOOK THEM FROM THEIR HOME GROUND , TO THE CHURCH GROUND, TO THE BURIAL GROUND! </li></ul>
  22. 23. WHEN IS OUR CONSCIENCE DEFILED? <ul><li>WHEN WE DELIBERATELY REMAIN IN-HOUSE, INSTEAD OF GOING TO GOD’S HOUSE. </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN WE WORK SIX DAYS A WEEK TO PAY A DEBT WE OWE, BUT FIND A CLUMSY REASON NOT TO GO AND WORSHIP GOD WHOM WE CLAIM TO KNOW. </li></ul>
  23. 24. A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MAKES ONE UNHAPPY IN A CHURCH FULL OF HAPPY PEOPLE! <ul><li>MARK 1:21-26 [MAN-EVIL SPIRIT] </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN OUR CONSCIENCE IS DEFILED, OUR PEACE OF MIND GOES OUT THE WINDOW. </li></ul><ul><li>BUT WITH A PURE CONSCIENCE, WE ARE ABLE TO SLEEP IN ALL KINDS OF WEATHER. </li></ul><ul><li>AIR </li></ul><ul><li>LAND </li></ul><ul><li>SEA </li></ul>
  24. 25. HOW DOES CONSCIENCE WORK? <ul><li>IT WORKS FROM THE INSIDE OUT—WHILE THE PHYSICAL MAN WORKS FROM THE OUTSIDE IN. </li></ul><ul><li>EPHESIANS 6:12 </li></ul><ul><li>WHEN WE WALK IN THE FLESH, WE LIVE LIKE ANIMALS. BUT WHEN WE WALK IN THE SPIRIT, WE LIVE LIKE ANGELS. </li></ul><ul><li>2 PETER 2:10, 12 & JUDE 10 </li></ul>
  25. 26. CHANGE DOES NOT COME BY ALTERING ONE’S ENVIRONMENT… <ul><li>CHANGE BEGINS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! </li></ul><ul><li>JOHN 8:7-11 [WOMAN—ADULTERY] </li></ul><ul><li>WHILE THE LAW ONLY AFFECTED HER ON THE OUTSIDE, WHEN JESUS SPOKE TO HER, HIS SPEECH [CONSCIENCE] AFFECTED HER FROM THE INSIDE OUT. </li></ul><ul><li>THAT’S WHY THE LAW DETERS THE ACTION, BUT NOT THE INTENT. </li></ul>
  26. 27. A DEFILED CONSCIENCE MADE A PERFECT DESIGN MALFUNCTIONED…WHO? <ul><li>LUCIFER </li></ul>
  27. 28. MIND—INTELLECT—AND EMOTION ALWAYS JUSTIFY WHAT CONSCIENCE CONDEMNS <ul><li>ILLUSTRATION: </li></ul><ul><li>2 SAMUEL 11:1-27 [DAVID—BATHSHEBA] </li></ul>
  28. 29. COSMIC CONFLICT: SPIRITUAL VS. PHYSICAL WARFARE <ul><li>FLESH SAYS—LOOK! </li></ul><ul><li>MIND—GO GET HER! </li></ul><ul><li>CONSCIENCE—TURN AROUND AND WALK AWAY! </li></ul><ul><li>LOGIC—IF LOOKING IS WRONG, WHAT ARE EYES MADE FOR? </li></ul><ul><li>REASON—SHE BEAUTIFUL! </li></ul><ul><li>WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? </li></ul>
  29. 30. THAT DEPENDS ON WHETHER WE ARE SPIRITUAL! <ul><li>CONSCIENCE—WALK AWAY! </li></ul><ul><li>MIND—GROW UP! </li></ul><ul><li>WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? </li></ul><ul><li>IF YOU ARE SPIRITUAL, YOU’LL WALK AWAY. BUT IF YOU ARE CARNAL, YOU’LL HAVE IT YOUR WAY. WHY? BECAUSE DRIVEN BY YOUR FLESH, AND JUSTIFIED BY YOUR LOGIC, YOU’LL DO WHAT YOUR MIND TELLS YOU TO. WHY? BECAUSE REASON ALWAYS JUSTIFIES WHAT CONSCIENCE CONDEMNS. </li></ul>
  30. 31. CONSCIENCE NEVER BOWS TO OUTSIDE—PEER PRESSURE! <ul><li>READ 1 KINGS 22:1- 8 [AHAB & JEHOSHAPHAT] </li></ul><ul><li>CHRISTIANS ARE HERE TO CONQUER, NOT COMPROMISE. JUST BECAUSE FOUR HUNDRED SOLDIERS AND ONE KING STAND AGAINST GOD’S PROPHET, DOES NOT MAKE THEM RIGHT! </li></ul>
  31. 32. TRUTH THAT’S PREACHED WITH A PURE CONSCIENCE IS NOT DETERMINED BY A GALLUP POLL <ul><li>CHRISTIANS NOWADAYS ARE MORE INCLINED TO ATTEND A BANQUET AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THAN THEY WOULD INQUIRE A WORD AT GOD’S HOUSE. </li></ul><ul><li>NEITHER DOES RIGHTEOUSNESS COME BY A MAJORITY OF FOUR HUNDRED SOLDIERS AND ONE STUBBORN KING. </li></ul><ul><li>KING AHAB DEFILED HIS CONSCIENCE BY GOING TO BATTLE WITHOUT INQUIRING A WORD FROM THE LORD. </li></ul>
  32. 33. <ul><li>THE WORLD’S BEST HOPE IS A REVIVAL OF A PURE CONSCIENCE. AND WALKING IN THE SPIRIT WILL ENABLE US TO DO JUST THAT. </li></ul><ul><li>SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT? </li></ul><ul><li>CONSCIENCE—GET UP AND GO TO CHURCH! </li></ul><ul><li>MIND—WHAT’S THE RUSH? </li></ul><ul><li>WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? </li></ul><ul><li>THAT DEPENDS ON WHETHER YOU ARE SPIRITUAL! </li></ul>
  33. 34. WHEN WE DEFILE THE VOICE OF CONSCIENCE, WE EXPECT TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT? <ul><li>WE WON’T GO TO CHURCH…BUT WE WILL GO TO THE STADIUM AND WATCH A SPORTS EVENT, GO TO A CONCERT, EVEN WALK IN SUPPORT OF A MARATHON OR TELETHON, OR SIT, STAND, CHEER, AND WAVE OUR TEAM’S BANNER IN ANY KIND OF WEATHER, RIGHT! </li></ul><ul><li>THEN WE SAY LIKE KING SAUL, “ God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams:..” </li></ul><ul><li>1 SAMUEL 28:15, 16 </li></ul>
  34. 35. CONSCIENCE CAN LEAVE A BAD TASTE IN THE MOUTH AND BLOOD STAINS ON THE HANDS. <ul><li>PILATE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REDEEM HIMSELF. INSTEAD, HE CHOSE TO PLEASE MEN AND NOT GOD. </li></ul><ul><li>STORY: MARK 15: 15 & MATTHEW 27:24-26 </li></ul><ul><li>QUESTION: </li></ul><ul><li>WOULD YOU HAVE ACTED DIFFERENTLY THAN PILATE HAD TOWARD JESUS? </li></ul><ul><li>IS JESUS LORD OF YOUR LIFE? </li></ul><ul><li>WHO IS HE TO YOU? </li></ul>
  35. 36. IN CONCLUSION: CONSCIENCE IS GOD’S UMPIRE. <ul><li>REVELATION 3:20 </li></ul><ul><li>Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man [US] hear my voice [CONSCIENCE], and open the door, I will come in to him [THAT’S WHERE AN UMPIRE COMES IN], and will sup with him, and he with me. </li></ul><ul><li>WILL—WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? </li></ul>
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