Faith and Conscience

Faith is imperative. “Without faith it is impossible to please God”, “according to your faith it will be done”, etc.. We are purified (Acts 15:9) and sanctified (Acts 26:18) by faith. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes through hearing the message, or the word of Christ. However, it does not come all at once, rushing through us ant taking with it any and every doubt we’ve ever had. It takes continual building and acting upon (“Faith without works is dead”). We must hold on to it, like a life line, constantly check our actions and conscience against God’s word and make sure they line up. We cannot simply trust our conscience, believe that as long as it is clear then we are good, because our conscience can become seared (1 Timothy 4:2) and lose all sensitivity (Eph. 4:19). Our conscience must be both solidly grounded in the word and clear, our actions must work in accordance with the message that was given to us also. If we relax our grip on this grounding in the Word and begin to let the world sear our conscience bit by bit into believing anything goes so long as it makes you happy, then we will wreck our faith and our righteousness before God along with it (Romans 9:30 & Galatians 3:6).

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭

“Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭9:29‬ ‭

“and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭15:9‬

“to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭26:18‬

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬ ‬‬

“Teachings like those come from liars who pretend to be what they are not. Their sense of what is right and wrong has been burned as if with a hot iron.”

‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4:2‬

“and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:19‬

“What should we say then? Those who aren’t Jews did not look for a way to be right with God. But they found it by having faith.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭9:30‬

“Think about Abraham. Scripture says, “Abraham believed God. God accepted Abraham because he believed. So his faith made him right with God.” (Genesis 15:6)”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭3:6‬

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