In many ways in our world, restraint is being cast off.
Restraining oneself from bad behaviour, is at a premium.
Instead mankind is giving in – to the lower nature that every human is born with.
This is manifest in many and varied ways when sinful indulgence is practiced.
The conscience everyone has – is eroded, or obliterated, depending on how much or how little a man or a woman listens to, or ignores, their conscience.
The killer – kills one person defying the restraint of their conscience. Having denied conscience they lust to kill again. Until by casting-off restraint time after time, their conscience becomes seared with a hot iron, and they become a serial killer.
I Timothy 4/
2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.
Every Christian is called to live up to the dictates of their conscience. But there is more at work than just their individual conscience. The Word of God informs the conscience in the mind of the believer.
Also The Holy Spirit Himself responds to the believer who obeys their conscience.
Paul speaks of this in the following verse:
I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit…
The New International version says:
I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit…
The Holy Spirit of God working in and with the believer’s conscience.
The conscience obeyed – restores or maintains restraint.
Many ignoring their conscience minute by minute daily, and we are on our way to anarchy rule. Here are three separate scriptures you can search for yourself:
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
(Including the counsel of the correctly informed conscience).
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
(God sees every violation of the conscience – every heart that has disobeyed conscience, – that’s why He is The Almighty).
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Their conscience tells them this (whatever ‘this’ is) is wrong. They choose to ignore their conscience, to serve selfishness.
Selfishness leads to more selfishness. A life led casting-off restraint. Finally two more scriptures to be found in your concordance:
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast-off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law
The law of God when obeyed through the inner workings of The Holy Spirit in a person’s life (Christian) – keeps our conscience clean and clear. Happy is the man who maintains a clear conscience.
We need the ongoing revelation of God through His Word to keep a clear conscience.
As the world drifts more and more away from the Revelation of Christ – more and more is restraint cast-off.
All the ills of the world are the fruits of departure from The Only Living and True God and His Son Jesus Christ and His teachings.
As I, as a sinner, obeyed the work of The Holy Spirit upon my conscience and admitted my sin, – Christ came into my life, in an unmistakable way.
Just as it was hard for Paul the apostle (previously Saul of Tarsus) to kick against the promptings of a God-influenced conscience – so it is hard for anyone to resist, when God takes a dealing with them.
Recognise the voice of God in your conscience, repent and confess your sin. The result is Emmanuel – God with us, God in us the hope of glory.
What a glorious salvation He offers!
But He waits to be invited. He will not force His way in. He will influence us to find the right direction, but we must comply wholeheartedly.
Cast-off the power of darkness and receive Christ as Lord – your conscience is trying to get you to agree.