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Thursday
Dec132018

It’s Powerful. It’s Red. It’s THE BLOOD!  

Have you ever considered blood to be beautiful? Does the sight of it evoke any feeling of comfort or assurance? Probably not. Most people associate blood with feelings of fear or something going wrong.

Man became sin conscious—they received the conscience—after eating from the forbidden Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As a result, they realized they were naked and became aware of feelings of fear, shame, guilt, and condemnation.

The word conscience in the King James Version was translated from the Greek word suneidesis, and conscience means “a sense of right and wrong” (American Heritage Dictionary).

In Andrew’s latest book—Who Told You That You Were Naked?—he presents an outstanding study of the conscience that’s sure to set many free! In it he says that “fear and shame are results of spiritual death.” He also explains that “if we are living in shame, if we have insecurities in our lives, if we are fearful, that’s part of death. The problem is spiritual separation from God, and these things are just the physical results of that.”

Praise God for the blood of Jesus! The purpose of redemption was to restore mankind to the state of fellowship that existed before the Fall! Jesus shed His blood to make things right—to give us a good conscience toward God!

Hebrews 9:14 says, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (emphasis added).

If you’re born again, the blood of Jesus has purged you from all sin and sin consciousness! Isaiah 1:18 (New International Version) says, “‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’”

Place all sin, guilt, and condemnation under the blood, and don’t go peeking to see if they’re really white as snow. One drop of His blood is more powerful than all the sin of the whole world!

If you struggle with accusatory thoughts, realize that they’re not from God. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” The Holy Spirit gently corrects us through the Word. He does not accuse or condemn us.

There is nothing you have ever done or can ever do that remotely compares to the power of the blood. You are saved and made righteous by faith in the shed blood of the Lamb. Magnify the power of the blood above your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Train your conscience to be good by renewing your mind to the fact that it has been purged by the blood, and steer clear of sin.

For the mind of the flesh is death; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6, American Standard Version).

Anytime your conscience (or the devil) tries to tell you you’re naked, declare that you’re clothed in righteousness (Job 29:14 and Psalm 132:9) and approach God’s throne of grace with boldness!

Stand on the efficacy of the powerful, red redemptive blood of Jesus—it accomplished a beautiful thing in your life!

So, who told you that you were naked?

To find out more about how to have a good conscience that works for you, get Andrew’s latest book Who Told You That You Were Naked? from store.awmi.net or call the Helpline at 719-635-1111.

Written by Zoe Isaacs

For resources and products or to partner in the U.S., visit www.awmi.net; outside the U.S., visit www.awme.net.

Monday
Dec032018

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

For resources and products or to partner in the U.S., visit www.awmi.net; outside the U.S., visit www.awme.net.