Purging Your Conscience
“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?”
Because we live in a sin-filled world, one of the hardest things you will do is to conquer your conscience. You may be saved, but the life you lived before you got saved engraves its evil in your mind. Not only do those who get saved out of a life of sin have to deal with a bad conscience, but even the saved believer has to deal with their conscience because of some of the sins they allow themselves to do. One of the most important things you must do to overcome sin is to purge your conscience. The Scriptures give us several things to do in order to purge our conscience.
First, confess your sin. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” You will notice that God is the One Who cleanses us “from all unrighteousness.” You will never be able to get the stench of sin away from your conscience by yourself. You are going to need God to help you to cleanse or purge your mind and life from the images and temptations that sin brings your way. You are going to have to realize that you are helpless on your own. You will fail without God’s help.
Second, claim the blood of Christ. You will notice from the verse above that it is the blood of Christ that purges your conscience “from dead works.” When your conscience tries to bring up the past, you need to pray for the blood of Christ to take away the thoughts and images about which your mind is thinking.
Third, think on the right things. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” I know this sounds too simple, but the way to stop thinking about the wrong things is to think about the right things. If you train your mind to start thinking about the pure and holy, you will keep your mind from thinking about the unholy.
Fourth, submit your mind to God. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Romans 12:2 talks about the importance of “renewing your mind,” and the only way to do this is to submit your mind to God by reading and memorizing Scripture. If you are having a problem with your conscience, I would advise you to take the Scriptures from this devotional and memorize each of them. The Scriptures are what washes your mind. Ephesians 5:26 tells us that it is the “washing of water by the word” that cleanses the believer. You will never purge your conscience from the unholy without submitting your mind to God by reading His Word.
Fifth, serve the LORD. Psalm 119:9 says, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” The best way to get your mind off of the unholy is to get busy serving the LORD. The verse above says that the purpose of purging your conscience is so that you can serve the LORD. You will find that when you get your mind busy serving the LORD that your mind won’t have time to think about the things it shouldn’t think about. I know these things sound too simple, but I challenge you to follow these steps and you will see your conscience clear up.