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   [27 Jun 2011 | Monday]

No More Conscience?

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins”, so goes the first two verses of Hebrews the 10th chapter. Having read those two verses once again a few days ago I was stopped in my tracks by the very last phrase of the second verse because I simply could not wrap my heard around it. “No more conscience of sins”, what a statement. How wonderful it would be to experience that. How far removed are we as a church world from that because for the vast majority of us the opposite is true. We are aware of our sins. We are aware of the mistakes we have made. We are aware of the past. We are aware that somehow we do not measure up to the standard that has been set before us. How frustrating it is to hear that there is freedom, yet never walk in it. Why is that? Personally, I believe that our focus is totally wrong.

Since I was in the 6th grade I have worn glasses. I hate them and have considered having that Lasik surgery to help correct my vision. If I remove my glasses, up close I can see fairly well, but if I have to view something off in the distance my vision is horrible. The older I get the worse it becomes. I have tried wearing contacts but one eye has a different vision than the other and contacts would be frustrating to get use it. So I’ll stick with my glasses. My current prescription I wear is a progressive lens. Even setting at my computer or reading a book I am constantly moving my head up and down in order to get the proper focus for my vision. That’s the price I pay for having not so young eyes (LOL!)

As the body of Christ I have a strong sense within my spirit that we need to put on some corrective lens in order to catch a fresh vision of the finished work of Calvary for us as believers. Far too long we have been stuck in the sin mode. I have to admit that as a pastor I have delivered those messages that held up our past, and focused on what we were and not who we are in Christ. To be honest that was the light that I walked in. My mentors had preached and taught that, so naturally I would fall in line, yet the sad part is there would be another generation who would go forth still struggling with the same sin conscience that previous generations had done.

The question is then, how in the world is it possible to no longer have a sin conscience? That is what the writer to the Hebrews is talking about. For, if the sacrifices required by God to Moses for the children of Israel had been effective, then they would have continued even to today. But, they were not. Something better had to come along. Some more powerful than those sacrifices had to be presented in order to not only free us from sin, but to cleanse our conscience. There is! It is the finished work of Calvary. And here is the way I get rid of a sin conscience. I stop focusing on me, and I focus on what Jesus did for me on Calvary. When my focus is on what I have been in the past, I plummet. Just what the devil loves for me to do.  But, when my focus is on Jesus, then my spirit man soars. When I focus on the past, my head drops, my shoulders droop, my walk becomes heavy, my arms feel like weights and my victory seeps out of me and before long discouragement starts to settle like a cloud over my life. But, when my focus is on Jesus and the finished work He accomplished on Calvary a supernatural strength flows in to my inner being that lifts my spirit man to new heights, new vistas in the Spirit, new plateaus of experience in God and I begin to understand that through the blood of Jesus Christ covering me there is no condemnation whatsoever over my life.

My thoughts processes are beginning to change over my life. I am beginning to see who I am in Christ, what I possess, and the awesome ability the Father has made available to everyone of us  to live and walk as overcomers. Far too long we have walked as defeated foes because we have focused on what we have done. I challenge you today, change your focus. Stop looking at what you have done and where you have been and allow the Spirit of God to show you what you possess in Jesus Christ. It will absolutely blow your mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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