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This teaching has been passed down through the years for teaching primarily in YWAM Discipleship Training Schools in the Philippines. The teaching has roots in early writings by Charles Finney and Winkie Pratney’s books, “Crystal Christianity” and “Youth Aflame.” Former YWAM Philippines National Director Larry Baldock perfected this teaching back in 1988-1993 in which I was a student and staff of during the same period.
Mitch Metzger 3/19/2014
Did you know that PRIDE was the one that hinders us to have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE and HUMILITY was the key to have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE
WAS IST EIN REINES GEWISSEN
This probably new term for you or you already hear it from the past but yet you forgotten about it.
Definition: A Clear Conscience involves the inner freedom of spirit towards God and others that comes by knowing that God’s holiness is not offended by ones thoughts or actions and that no one can point a finger at you and say, “You have offended me and you have never asked for my forgiveness. This is like a radar that will tell you when something was wrong “YOUR MIRROR”.
A.) Matthew 3-John the Baptist was Baptizing people in the river of Jordan for repentance of their Sins.
V.8 Mention about producing fruit of repentance, there are many fruits of repentance: changed lives, change actions. But one of the things that is an indication of true repentance taking place in our lives is “RESTITUTION”. I do believe that part of the process to have clear conscience is RESTITUTION.
B.) Acts 24:14-16 Paul really emphasized here the importance of having a clear conscience and this was important to God too. 1 Corinthians 4:1 -5 Paul says here that we are not innocent because we have a clear conscience. The Lord is our judge. (parang wala nang pakialam) Yet Paul did not let this be an excuse for doing nothing about his making restitution and maintaining a clear conscience. 1 Timothy 3:8-9; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Hebrews 13:18
C.) 1 Peter 3:15-16 Apostel Petrus: Ein reines Gewissen haben.
HOW DOES OUR CONSCIENCE WORK?
A.) It makes arbitrary judgements of our behaviour , thoughts and attitude Romans 2:14-16
V.15 their conscience also bearing witness
Our conscience is a part of our human spirit which make arbitrary judgment on our behaviour, thoughts, attitudes, “yes, that’s right or no that’s wrong.” Basis of its judgment is the Law of God written in our heart. All of us was created in this world with a conscience and the conscience has written in it the Law of God. Either believer or nonbeliever.
The conscience will either accuse what we do or defend what we do. We normally recognize it as something that accuses us because we are often doing the wrong thing.
It is also meant to affirm us when we do the right thing.
DOING RIGHT – AFFIRMATION VIOLATE – CREATE GUILT (GUILT MEANT TO REMIND US TO GO BACK AND CORRECT OUR MISTAKES) We were never meant to carry guilt for long.
B.) It is like a scale
Our conscience is like a set of scales, finely balanced.
On one side of these scales we feel the weight of “GUILT” every time We violate our conscience
SEVERAL REACTIONS TO GUILT: 1.) RATIONALISM – Explaining it away “Everybody else is doing it and it’s not really wrong.”
2.) PROCRASTINATION – it was such a long time ago. “It was such a little thing.” “Why should I confess they weren’t a Christian, they won’t understand.” “I’m only half to blame.”
TWO KINDS OF GUILT: 1.) TRUE GUILT – CONVICTION FROM GOD 2.) FALSE GUILT – CONDEMNATION FROM PEOPLE
This type of Guilt that our conscience was telling us was a conviction from God that need a response. If you know that it was based on the standard of God. Our conscience will never stop telling us it is wrong. It bother us, sometimes we couldn’t even concentrate on what we’re doing.
The bible has given the way to remove the GUILT through “CONFESSION and RESTITUTION.” It is uncomfortable having this unbalanced. Do you know what we use to balance the other side? BLAME, BITTERNESS OR UNFORGIVENESS. The single greatest hindrance to getting a clear conscience is the response within us to BLAME other people and to shift the blame and the guilt that we should be experiencing. “T” 10%” – “OTHERS” 90%
For God either yours is 10 or 90 it’s a 100% wrong that needed to put right. We have to take care of our own sins for us to be able to have a Clear Conscience.
“The greater Guilt we feel the more we must blame, the more we blame, the more we sin, and the heavier we get weighed down.”
In TRUE REPENTANCE, were not just asking forgiveness to God but to others too.
Getting things right with God as well as with others!!! We also put our blame towards our parents, the way we grow up, etc. in fact, we actually produce it in our own children when we become parents,
HOW IS OUR CONSCIENCE DAMAGED?
A.) A Defiled / Seared Conscience It becomes dirty and calloused.
Our conscience is like a watch. God has created it for us like a very finely balanced mechanism within our spirit. It must be treated properly.
Read Titus 1:15; 1 Timothy 4:1 -2 If we continue to violate our conscience again and again and again, it becomes calloused. It doesn’t work anymore. It says nothing, it brings no conviction and it brings no Guilt. It’s out of action.
SIX AREAS AFFECTED WITH DIRTY CONSCIENCE:
1.) CONFIDENCE – Faith in God drops Fear, Insecurity, Fear of Man 2.) MATURITY- GROWTH No Vision, No Direction, No Guidance, No Revelation 3.) JOY DROPS No Joy, Superficial Worship 4.) SPIRITUAL WARFARE FAILURE No Strength over Temptation of the devil, Intercession power fails 5.) EVANGELISTIC INFLUENCE FAILS Witnessing, Preaching, Ineffective in counselling 6.) PRAYER LIFE AFFECTED Because of Separation in fellowship with God
We will look more into this situation with a defiled conscience and how it can be restored, but first we need to realize that there is another way our conscience can be damaged or affected.
B.) Weak Conscience We should always remember our conscience is not the VOICE OF GOD. It’s within our spirit and it has the Law of God, but it never failing all the time. God may speak to us through our conscience and bring conviction to us through it but sometimes our conscience is wrong because it was the way it been program by other things. (Belief System)
MAJOR WAY THAT OUR CONSCIENCE BEEN AFFECTED a) Social Behaviour b) Cultural Behaviour “evil eye”- aren’t you afraid??, she asked c) Religious Tradition, etc. “Sign of the cross” when you go past the church (Catholic)
1 Timothy 4:4; Deuteronomy 22:5
So man has a problem, a weak and defiled conscience. No wonder we are in a mess!!!
PRAISE GOD FOR HE HAS PROVIDED AN ANSWER TO ALL OUR PROBLEM THROUGH CHRIST JESUS
HOW TO FREE AND HEAL OUR AFFECTED CONSCIENCE
Read: Hebrews 9:13-14 BLOOD OF JESUS V.14 “How much more then will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our conscience from acts that lead to death so that we may serve the living God”
Read: Hebrews 10:22 FAITH “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and full assurance of faith having our hearts sprinkled to cleans us from a guilty conscience And having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Everything God accomplishes in our lives is through two things: 1. The Work of the CROSS (The Blood of Jesus) 2. The Work of the HOLY SPIRIT (Revelation and Application of Truth)
There is no active RESTITUTION that will work without the work of CALVARY The conscience is that which will discern for us the difference between truth and error. When you hear a message from someone teaching or sharing, it is your conscience that will help by bearing witness in your spirit about being truth or not. If we don’t keep a clear conscience, as Paul warned Timothy, we may suffer a destruction in regard to our FAITH. 1 Timothy 1:19
Read: 1 John 1:5-9
This is Good News!!! In order for the blood of Jesus to purify us from all sins, there are two conditions in this passage of scripture to appropriate the benefit of the blood of Jesus.
1. WALK IN THE LIGHT The blood of Jesus will cleanse us through walking in the light. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WALK IN THE LIGHT?
John 3:16-21 it says “For God so loved the World…but it goes on to say, if you want to participate with the son. You need to come to the light.
If you want to hide things and keep them in the darkness, you will never experience the cleansing of the blood of Jesus. Even though how many times you ask for forgiveness in your mind (okey na naman kami, hindi na kailangan). You will never experience the cleansing of that sins, unless you bring it to light but scary too because we are going to be exposed. (baka ano na lng ang sabihin nila) but that is what we need to happen so that the light of Christ can be available to cleanse us. It takes HUMILITY to do it. Ephesians 5:5-13
2. CONFESSED OUR SINS Read: James 5:16
Is it fair to say that unless we walk in the light and confess our sins, we will not be able to be washed clean by the blood of Jesus?
In the area of our conscience, we will not have the restoration necessary and the cleansing of our conscience that we need. In confessing our sins, God not just says to confess it to Him only but, we subconsciously do it. But that is not what the scripture says, is it? It says “If we confess our sins, God expects us, I believed to understand and that we are to confess our sins to those who have sinned against.”
THREE CATEGORIES OF SINS:
1) SECRET SINS OF THE HEART- (Thought) Things no one knows about except God. To This sins need to be confess only to God. (i.e.: Attitude during a work duty perhaps)
2) PRIVATE SINS - (individual) involves another party or someone else knows This sins need to confess to the party involved. (i.e.: old girlfriend or boyfriend)
3) PUBLIC SINS- (group) against a group of people. This sins need to confess to the group. (i.e.: like a church you slandered for a long time)
Many of us have committed sins for many years and we tried to get cleaned up by one little sinner’s prayer by saying “God forgive me for all my sins.” We know He did, we experience some lifting off of the guilt when God forgave us and when we asked forgiveness for all our sins. But I guess we will have a deeper relationship with God and a deeper experience of His forgiveness if we will begin to become a little bit more specific with some of the things we need to ask God to forgive us for. Instead of “all of my sins.” We will begin to list them and go over them one at a time. It will really help in producing Godly Sorrow.
“Godly Sorrow brings repentance that leads to Salvation” 2 Corinthians 7:10
YOU CAN’T REALLY PUT ALL SINS BEHIND YOU UNTIL YOU ARE WILLING TO FACE THEM
NOW LET’S TALK ABOUT RESTITUTION:
HOW DO WE MAKE RESTITUTION?
A. LIST THOSE WHOM YOU HAVE OFFENDED.
In making such list, it is very helpful to use the assistance of two “MIRRORS” the mirror of your memory and the mirror of other’s attitude towards you. Behind each of this mirrors must be the mirror of God’s word.
B. LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF YOUR MEMORY (Do the exercises)
C. LOOK INTO THE MIRROR OF OTHER’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS YOU. (Do the exercises)
D. LIST YOUR OFFENSES IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE. (Do the exercises)
IN MAKING RESTITUTION
AVOIDING COMMON RATIONALIZATION AND EXCUSES
1. “It happened long time ago” If you still remember it after so long, it must be important enough to be put right. The other person probably remembers it, too.
2. “The one I wrong has moved away.” If you purpose in your heart before God to make it right and do all you can do to find their address, God will take care of the impossible.
3. “It was such a small offense.” Size is not important. The fact is that it is an offense and it is wrong. It was obviously still big enough to be bothering your conscience.
4. “Things are better now.” This may be God’s goodness to you in preparing the way for you to ask forgiveness. Things would be even better when you have humbled yourself- especially in marriages!
5. “I’m just being too sensitive (silly me!).” Not too sensitive, not too proud-afraid that you will appear silly. Actually, sensitivity is a good quality God wants us to develop. (Hebrews 5:48)
6. “No one’s perfect” That is true in the faultless sense, But Jesus expect us to be blameless (Matthew 5:48). If our standard is too low, we will never be changed to be like Jesus. Our conscience confirms that our standards are too low.
7. “They won’t understand.” Actually they don’t have to. Your clear conscience is not dependent on their response but your obedience. You may be surprised, though, how much they do understand. If they appear not to understand or react in a negative way, it may be that you’re asking forgiveness has resulted in their being convicted of their need to ask you or other’s forgiveness. Their scale of blame and guilt will have been unbalanced.
8. “Making it right will involve money I don’t have.” It is better to have an honest debt than a dishonest, defiled conscience. Make arrangements pay back in instalments or offer to work free of charge. If you will commit yourself to God, He will provide the way.
9. “I can’t remember exactly how much I stole.” In the Old Testament, offenders were required to payback what was stolen and damaged and add one fifth to it. If you are not sure, pray and ask God to give you a reasonable estimation and add a little more to be sure it is covered. Give to charity. (Ex. Zacchaeus)
10. “I’ll do it later” Don’t procrastinate. You can be sure that “later”, if it ever comes will never be as good a time as “now”. Changing circumstances or even death may make you regret not having used the opportunity God gave you.
11. “I’ll only do it over again.” This statement comes from one who has never truly repented properly in the first place; having “No Godly Sorrow”. If you offend again, you will have to ask forgiveness again. Perhaps, the pain of humbling yourself will enable you to have greater selfcontrol not to do it again, especially in sexual impurity. (pornography, masturbation).
12. “The other person was mostly wrong.” You don’t have to live with his conscience, only yours. They are probably using the same excuse for not asking your forgiveness.
13. “My parents won't understand.” While the Bible requires us to obey our parents if we are still a minor child. Our first duty is to love and obey God and His word. As an adult we are to honor our parent which is different than simple obeying. (Matthew 10:34-37). Unless it clearly involves our parents, there is no need to discuss our intention with our parents. However if we are still children and our parents stop us in our attempt to make something right then obey them and trust God to change their hearts in some future time or wait till you become an adult.
14. "If I purpose not to do it again, won't that be enough?" New resolutions for good behaviour without erase wrongs of the past. For example, if someone lied to you, they could tell the truth for months... but you would always remember the lies and wonder if they are telling truth now.
15. "If I go back, it will get my friend into trouble." It needn't if you go back in the right way and only concentrate on what you did wrong and confessing that' without trying to shift part of the blame to someone else.
16. "The person wronged has died." The Bible forbids any practice of trying to contact directly the spirit of someone who has died. (Deuteronomy 18). However there are three possible ways: A. Go to the nearest relative and confess to them if they are aware of the situation. B. Make full confession in the presence of a mature Christian and claim God's forgiveness promised in (1John 1:9, James 5:16). C. Confess to Jesus and ask Him to convey your restitution to the person on your behalf (Luke 16:19-31)
17. "I don't want to open old wounds." Though the doctor’s knife can hurt, it is necessary to open and cleanse the wound before real healing can take place.
18. "They are not Christian, what will they think?" What will they think!!! They will probably think they have finally found a true example of a sincere Christian. The world is tired of hearing Jesus died for you "and "God loves you".” Praise the Lord", and is desperately in need of seeing Christians truly demonstrate sincere repentance and humility
Have you rebelled against or resisted the authority of those who are over you? Has your attitude or have your actions reflected a disrespect for the proper authority of parents, teachers, employers, law official or others in authority?
Have you had a prideful spirit? Have you conveyed the idea that you or your work is more important than that of those around you? Have you illustrated this with an argumentative spirit or a disinterest in ordinary people?
Have you failed to give genuine love when others reacted to you? Did you respond back to them with a genuine desire to learn and meet their real needs, or did you react to them because they reacted to you?
STEP 1 : LIST THEIR OFFENSES
*THE FIRST STEP IN SOLVING CONFLICT WITH APARTICULAR PERSON IS TO PRIVATELY LIST ALL THEIR OFFENSES WHICH HE HAS COMMITTED AGAINST YOU. (This is in preparation to follow Matthew 18.)
EXAMPLES OF OFFENSES:
PROMISING TO DO SOMETHING FOR ME AND FALLING TO KEEP THE PROMISE.
PUNISHING ME FOR THE THINGS I DIDN’T DO.
BEING TOO STRICT IN PUNISHING ME FOR THINGS I DIDN’T DO.
GIVING MORE ATTENTION AND LOVE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY
REFUSING TO UNDERSTAND WHY I DO CERTAIN THINGS.
SETTING APOOR EXAMPLE FOR ME
TELLING ME NOT TO DO THINGS I SEE THEM DOING
TAKING OUT THEIR FRUSTRATION ON ME
EXPECTING TOO MUCH WORK FROM ME AT HOME
NOT BEING THERE WHEN I NEED THEM
STEP 2 : LIST YOUR OFFENSES
*IT IS RELATIVELY EASY TO REMEMBER THE FAULTS OF OTHERS, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO LISTING OUR OWN FAULTS, WE MAY DISCOVER WE MAY DISCOVER A LAPSE OF MEMORY. TO COMPENSATE FOR THIS DIFFICULTY THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ARE SUGGESTED:
POOR ATTITUDE If your parents were to rate you attitude around the house would they say it was above average, average or below average?
UNGRATEFULNESS When is the last time you thanked your parents for the ordinary things they do for you, such as providing meals, working to maintain a home, car and other benefits?
STUBBORNESS What is your immediate response when asked to do something around the house?
I do it immediately
I tell them I’ll do it later
I ask them why someone else can’t do it
I ask them why it needs to be done
I tell them I can’t do it
UNTRUTHFULNESS Have you done anything to cause your parents to lose confidence in you? Have you told them only part of the truth at times so that they would agree with you? Have you made decision on your own which your parents should have made with you?
BITTERNESS Have you been harboring resentment and bitterness for things your parents have done toward you?
LAZINESS How neatly have you kept your room? How often have you spent time watching television when you knew you should be doing other things?
In order for us to do this we need to be careful in choosing the right words. Luke 15: 17-19, 21 the prodigal son was carefully worked out his word before he went back to his Father.
We must think through the words we are going to use in asking for forgiveness and we must make sure they reflect the following insights and attitudes.
1. YOUR WORDS MUST IDENTIFY THE BASIC OFFENSES
Many people ask for forgiveness and never receive it because they do not see how they have deeply hurt the one from whom they are asking forgiveness. To help you identify the basic offense, put yourself in the other person’s place and relieve the offense through his eyes and feelings. Think of all the harm, hurt, and disappointment your offense has caused him. Let your offense break your heart. Neither God nor man despises a broken heart. (Psalm 51: 17; James 4: 8, 10). The basic offense usually involves underlying attitude such as ungratefulness, disrespect, dishonesty, self-centeredness, pride, laziness, etc. Specific action will result from these basic attitudes.
Your words must reflect FULL REPENTANCE and SINCERE HUMILITY. Just as soon as you purpose to acknowledge where you have been wrong and ask forgiveness, you can be sure that PRIDE will attempt to come to your “RESCUE”. PRIDE tries to assure you that you we ‘rent really too bad and that they were wrong, too. This attitude will manifest itself in statement such as the following:
2. EXAMPLE OF WRONG WORDING
a) “I was wrong, but you were too.” This statement not only reflects the pride, but also a basic bitterness towards the other person.
b) “I’m sorry about it, but it wasn’t all my fault.” This statement is only one step better than the preceding one. It does not blame the person, but neither does it accept much responsibility for what happened. The person who makes this statement has failed to cover the step. “I’m sorry”
c) “If I’ve wrong, please forgive me.” The person asking forgiveness does not specify in this statement what his offense is. This is most people’s favorite. It is really saying: If my personality (for which I’m not responsible) has offended you, there must be something wrong with your ability to get along with some others. But I’ll be big hearted about this and assume that maybe it’s my fault (which I’m not fully convinced it is) and ask to forgive me. If you still think I’m wrong.
d) “I’m sorry about the way I lied to you, please forgive me.” This approach reflects areas of pride. One of the hardest statements for any person to make was admitting they were “WRONG.” It is easier to say, “I’m sorry about…” It so much easier also to say, Please forgive me,” Than ask “WILL YOU FORGIVE ME?” and wait for the answer.
3. EXAMPLE OF RIGHT WORDING
“God convicted me of wrong I’ve done in… (basic offense), I’ve called to ask, “”Will you forgive me?” This request, spoken in the right attitude, is certain to be well accepted by the one to whom it is directed. This approach must include correction of any attitudes or actions which caused the offense and also restitution for any personal loss which was suffered to the one
WE MUST ALSO DETERMINE THE PROPER TIME AND METHOD TO ASK FORGIVENESS
The importance of actually going to the offended person to ask his forgiveness is emphasize in Matthew 5:23-24
IN ASKING FORGIVENESS, IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING
1.) WHAT IS THE BEST METHOD OF APPROACH? a) A phone call can be a good method of asking person to forgive you especially when asking forgiveness for the past moral offense or trying to contact someone who is no longer near you. The phone provides privacy and can allow you get right in the point. b) A personal vent is another acceptable method of asking for forgiveness. In some case it can be even more appropriate than making phone call (ex. Family or close friends). c) A letter. Most people are tempted to use this method because it is so easy and the least painful for one’s pride. But it is not effective for many reasons. It documents your past offenses and your purpose is to erase them. A letter can be misused by the one receiving. This can only complicate the problem. However, often this may be the only possible means of communication.
2.) IS THIS CONVENIENT TIME FOR THE OTHER PERSON? If you want to ask forgiveness of a female neighbour, you probably should not go during the dinner hour when she is busy preparing the meal for her family. Go at a time when we are relatively sure the person is able to see you. If you are not sure of such a time, make a phone call to arrange an appointment.
3.) IS IT A TIME WHEN YOU WOULD BE INTERUPTED? In most cases, it’s better to be alone with the person when you are asking for forgiveness otherwise, you may cause him embarrassment. If there are others around at the time, just ask if you could see the person alone for a minute. If you are at his home, you could step into another room or outside on the porch.
4.) WOULD HE/SHE BE IN THE PROPER MOOD TO ASK FOR FORGIVENESS? If something has just happened through your own fault and as a result the tempers of the ones you wronged are out of control, this would be a poor time to ask forgiveness. When tempers are back to normal, ask forgiveness. Maybe a determine effort to go to a person when he is in the best possible mood is forgive you. This may include an evaluation of the best time of day of the week.
5.) AVOID GIVING SENSUAL DETAILS In scripture we are warned that “It is a shame even to speak of these things which are done of them in secret.” This warning definitely applies when making restitution. It is only necessary to name the basic sin: Lust, Homosexuality, Masturbation, etc. Do not review, inquire details of an offense.
6.) START WITH GREATEST OFFENSE
7.) BE AS BRIEF AND CLEAR AS POSSIBLE
8.) DON’T TRY AND WITNESS AT THE SAME TIME Unless the other person specifically asks you why you are doing this and want to hear your testimony, save it for another time when God may give you the opportunity. Your act of confession will be sufficient at this time.
9.) MAKE SURE YOU HAVE FORGIVEN THEM FOR THEIR OFFENSES AGAINST YOU. List their offenses against you and completely forgive them (Matthew 6:14-15)
NOW TAKE TIME TO THINK ABOUT YOUR OFFENSES AGAINST THEM FROM THEIR EYES AND EMOTIONS AND ALLOW GOD TO MAKE YOUR CONFESSION GENUINE.
Now we understand about Clear Conscience, God was expecting us to response to His conviction. If there are things that the Lord shows you during the teaching, allow God to minister to you. He desires us to be whole in Him and continue to walk into His righteousness. Healing is a process but unless you step out it will not happen.
A Teaching Resource Compiled by:
Mitch Metzger Youth With a Mission, Inc. Philippines P.O. Box 195 Q-Plaza P.O. 1900 Cainta, Rizal, Philippines Cell: +63 919 450 6438 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gomitch2.com March 2014 - no-copyright