Apostle Grace Lubega
Acts 24:16 (KJV); And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.
The conscience is the part of you that hears God. It is important to exercise yourself to ensure that it is void of offence.
From Titus 1:15, we learn that a conscience can be defiled. Once it is defiled, it is perpetually offensive to God.
The consequences of a defiled conscience are pervasive, one of which is that it is incapable of distinguishing sounds in the realm of the Spirit. For example, the voice of God has a very distinctive sound but once the conscience is defiled, a man may hear the wrong voice and be utterly convinced that it is God. This has been the fate of a great many Christians. They assume to have heard God yet in fact, what they heard are familiar spirits that sound like God but are not Him.
Paul refers to how he deals with his conscience as an exercise. The Amplified version of our theme scripture says that he deadened his carnal affections, bodily appetites and worldly desires to ensure that his conscience was void of offence.
It means that he died in many ways to ensure that his conscience is clear enough to hear God. For example, when God tells you not to respond to someone who publicly sullies your character, it takes a kind of death to obey. The appetite for revenge may rear its ugly head in your mind but by suppressing it, you die. A man who yields to the impulse to defend himself in the face of extreme provocation when God has told him otherwise may succeed in shutting God’s voice of counsel out of his life because in doing so, he offends God and man.
Thus, we exercise ourselves in this manner so that we remain alive to the instructions and convictions of the Spirit because it is dead men that hear Him most.
FURTHER STUDY: Acts 23:1, 2 Timothy 1:3
GOLDEN NUGGET: The conscience is the part of you that hears God. We exercise ourselves in this manner so that we remain alive to the instructions and convictions of the Spirit because it is dead men that hear Him most.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank You for this truth. I receive this wisdom with humility and apply it diligently. Like men ought to guard their hearts, I also guard my conscience against anything that may defile it, be it the wrong message or indifference to what you are up to. I thank You Father because You have established me in this knowledge and caused me to grow in understanding Your voice, in Jesus’ name, Amen.