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The Conscience: God's Plan B for Mankind

In his new book, Who Told You That You Were Naked?, Andrew uncovers a truth that is often misunderstood: God didn’t originally create us with a conscience. He didn’t create us with an ability to judge ourselves and to constantly evaluate whether we’re right or wrong. He created us in innocence. This helped me realized that if the conscience is God’s plan B for all of us, it’s important to understand the role it plays in our lives.

Reading Andrew’s book took me back to my early years as a Christian. Soon after being born again, I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to confess my sins. I was not sure how to do it on my own, and kidnapping a priest was out of
the question!

With an open heart, I reached out to friends and family who had a heart to hear me. In the beginning, the process brought healing to my heart, and I experienced God’s love through the mercy I was receiving. I was feeling closer to God, because I was leaving my fig leaves behind. But after a while, my efforts to obey God became a burden. A little voice kept telling me that my efforts were not enough, or that I didn’t share with the right people or in the right way. No matter how much I tried, I couldn’t quiet that relentless voice that kept reminding me that I was falling short.

Then on one occasion during my prayer time, while I was struggling with my feelings, the Lord reminded me of Matthew 6:22-23. In the Amplified Bible this verse says,

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so if your eye is clear [spiritually perceptive], your whole body will be full of light [benefiting from God’s precepts]. But if your eye is bad [spiritually blind], your whole body will be full of darkness [devoid of God’s precepts.] So if the [very] light inside you [your inner self, your heart, your conscience] is darkness, how great and terrible is that darkness!”

The Lord said to me, “I’m not the one making you feel condemned; it’s your conscience.” Then I realized something: confessing my faults is a good thing, but to keep confessing sin because I don’t understand my redemption
is darkness.

Have you ever struggled with giving your best to God but feeling like your best is not enough?

Andrew’s teaching will help us understand that the conscience came as result of the Fall. God intended for our consciences to help us see that we need salvation; it condemns us. While that is a good thing, we should not stay in that place of condemnation, and in fact, we need to go beyond condemnation to develop a good conscience, a conscience that is spiritually perceptive and full of light.

Andrew explains that one of the things we need to do to cultivate a healthy conscience is to follow Hebrews 10:22 and believe that “we have been sprinkled {with his blood} to free us from a guilty conscience” (God’s Word). This is the joy of our salvation! Faith in the power of His blood will take away all condemnation and all shame, and our consciences will fill us with light!

Andrew’s new book Who Told You That You Were Naked? covers many more aspects of the conscience, and it will help you tremendously to have a conscience that is working for you and not against you! To order your copy, go to store.awmi.net or call our Helpline at 719-635-1111.

Written by Citlalli Macy

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Reader Comments (4)

Heb 6:4-8 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6and who have fallen c away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

December 8, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Am a Ugandan who wholeheartedly need to join the team.
Now what are the procedures for me to join.
May Almighty God richly bless you.

December 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterTuryatunga Alex

@Chris

Thank you for sharing scripture with us. We'd like to offer you some commentary that Andrew has on Hebrews 6:5 from his Living Commentary.

Note on Hebrews 6:5:

"In Hebrews 6:4-5, five things are listed that people have to do before they can be capable of “falling away” (Hebrews 6:6).

(1) They have to have been enlightened. This is speaking of having the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus to them. This is similar to what Jesus said in John 6:44 and 65, which says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day...And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.”

(2) They have to have tasted of the heavenly gift. I believe this is speaking of the gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8). In other words, lost people cannot “fall away” from what they have never had. There has to have been supernatural conversion, not just religious exercise.

(3) They have to have been made partakers of the Holy Ghost (Spirit). This is speaking about receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. People who haven’t received the Holy Spirit cannot “fall away” (Hebrews 6:6).

(4) They have to have tasted the good Word of God. I believe this is speaking about how there has to have been revelation knowledge of God’s Word. This is more than just knowing some facts about God’s Word; it is describing those who have had God supernaturally reveal truth to them from His Word.

(5) “The powers of the world to come” is speaking about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and supernatural power (1 Corinthians 12:5-11). This is speaking of those who have operated in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and seen the power of God manifest through them.

These five qualifications are basically describing mature Christians, which is what the author had exhorted the original readers to become (Hebrews 5:11-13). The writer was saying that immature Christians cannot reject their salvation. It’s like minors in our society who would want to renounce their families. When they are children, they would not have any such desire imputed unto them. Many children have been upset and said they wish they were not their parents’ children, that they belonged to someone else. But the law wouldn’t uphold such a wish, because they aren’t old enough to know what they are saying. But if they are grown and want to change their names and separate from their biological families, the law would back them up. It all depends on their level of maturity.

Likewise, these verses are saying that immature Christians will not be held accountable for blasphemy against God. Indeed, the Apostle Paul said he was forgiven of his blasphemy because he did it ignorantly in unbelief (1 Timothy 1:13)."

- Andrew Wommack's Living Commentary

Did you enjoy reading Andrew's notes? You can find more of his thoughts in his free Online Bible Commentary on our website at https://www.awmi.net/reading/online-bible-commentary/. God bless you! - AWMI Team

December 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

@Turyatunga

​​We are so glad to hear of your desire to be a part of Andrew's ministry. There are a few ways you can join us as we reach as far and as deep as possible with the Gospel of Christ. First, you can contact our closest office to your location to find out if they have any job openings. You can find the contact information for all of our offices worldwide at http://go.awmi.co/ContactUs.

Another great way to get involved with the ministry is to attend Charis Bible College. There are a few different ways that you can take classes at Charis Bible College. You can attend our main campus in Colorado, attend on-campus at another location, or take one of our distance education options (online and correspondence). You can find a full list of our locations here: http://go.awmi.co/ChooseACampus, and information about distance education here: http://go.awmi.co/htsq. If you have any further questions, please feel free to email us at info@charisbiblecollege.org and we will be happy to help you!

You can also become a financial partner with us by contacting our closest office to your location. Without the support of friends and partners, we would not be able to reach all of the people that God has called us to reach.

Finally, we always welcome you to partner with us by agreeing with us in prayer for increase and impact in this world. Together we can continue to accomplish what God is calling us to do. We believe you are blessed, and God is doing much more than you can think or imagine in your life! Thank you for your interest and support in our ministry. Let us know if you have any further questions. God bless you! - AWMI Team

December 12, 2018 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

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