1 Timothy 1:19 – “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.
Basically, this verse is encouraging anyone of faith to rely on, trust in their faith and listen to their conscience when it has prompted them to hold on to what is right. It’s also warning us not to violate our conscience by clinging to what we believe is right and not clinging to what God says is right. I violate my conscience when I think I know better than God. I violate my conscience when I refuse to heed it’s calling to do what’s right. A lot of times we think “oh I would never make the decision to do anything crazy”. I reply with, not at first but over the course of time not clinging to your faith, violating your conscience becomes easier. The things that you thought you would never do, you will find yourself doing.
I can recall many times in my life when I thought I knew better than God. I thought that I had a better understanding of how I should live my life than he did. Proverbs 3:5 Of course I never said these words out loud, I just lived like it. If my life could talk it would’ve said “God, I will do it your way in all the areas of my life except:
- In my relationships with the opposite sex.
- When I’m hanging out with my friends.
- How I treat my family (whoever has authority over me).
- How I make my decisions because you don’t know me the way I know myself.
- (You fill in the blank).
I had to learn this the hard way but God cares about all of the areas of my life and his plans for my life are holistically better. Hosea 14:9 The reason God’s plans are holistically better is because He’s seen my life from being to end and all the affects of every decision I will ever make from every angle. He also can see what and who my plans affect.Proverbs 5:21
I screw all these areas up in my life when I don’t follow his plan because I can only see short term. God’s plan deals with purpose and His best for me. My plan deals with selfish desires and short lived gratification. God’s plan is always for my benefit even if it doesn’t feel like it. I’ve learned I don’t have to know everything as long as I know the one who does and shares freely priceless wisdom. Proverbs 2:6
Practically, I would never make decisions based on partial information if I didn’t have to. Well, God is saying when it comes to your life you don’t have to. Just follow my path because I have seen your life in its entirety. Everyday we have to make the choice to cling to our faith and not violate our conscience. I’m finding out the more I understand God’s word (the bible) the more easier it is for me to make the choice.
This weeks challenge: Ask God to reveal to you the areas in your life where you are not clinging to your faith and where you are violating your conscience, align yourself with God’s best for you(His plan) and avoid shipwreck. Talk with someone if need be.
hope it helps
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