The Condition of Our Conscience

“Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God. The purpose of my instructions is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” 1 Timothy 4-5

 

 

In 1 Timothy 1:4-5 Paul tells Timothy to not give attention to teachings that cause disputes rather godly edification which is of  The Faith. The goal of this commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith.  We need the assurance of our faith and how it operates to check our fears.

Wrong teaching will bring fears to the thinking and emotions, paralyzing our ability to contend for the faith.

We are not left helpless because we have the Holy Spirit living within guiding us. His love will flow through us as we choose to keep a good conscience from a pure heart.

If we refuse to listen to the counsel given, our minds become the battleground for the conscience becoming dull and not able to discern. The Word of God keeps the conscience sharp.

Join in our conversation as we look into some of the traits of the defiled, evil, and seared conscience.

The Scriptures Plus

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters, Janie and Sharon discuss the decline of the Church.

The culture that we live in contributes to shaping our worldview, which is why the Bible tells us to be separate from this world. But, the results of a recent Gallup Poll showed that 76% of Christians do not believe the Bible is the foundational absolute truth.

Psalm 19 tells us what the Scriptures will do to help us establish a Biblical worldview and find those places in our hearts where we have been blind.

So, listen with a willing heart as we look at the subtle ways we have replaced God’s Word in our lives.

Characteristics of the Conscience

“Purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God” Hebrews 9:14

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon continue to dig into understanding the role the conscience plays in our everyday lives.
The conscience is key in aiding our walk with the Lord, finding freedom in Christ, and having ears to hear what the Spirit says. There are many benefits to knowing about the conscience and getting our hearts in tune to hearing the warnings it sends to us.
So, join in the conversation as we discuss the Characteristics of the Conscience.

 

Building a Biblical Worldview

“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good, and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

WORDS MATTER as they reveal what is in our hearts. As we establish a Biblical Worldview there are principles we use to decide what builds us up and what can tear us down in knowing the mind of God. Many folks are greatly influence by what others think and so we gather our information from unreliable sources. Scripture may not be our final authority. Whose words do we trust?

Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” They bring healing but  many fail to build a biblical worldview because they are unskilled in the word of God.

Allowing the mind to trust in its own understanding opens the door of deception which can lead in paths the Lord Jesus never said to walk.

Come hungry hearts, as God’s word is full of living power and is a guaranteed guide in building a biblical worldview.

Transform Our Conscience

1 Timothy 1:5 “But the goal of our instructions is love from a pure heart and a good conscience  and a sincere faith.”

 

 

As we look at the qualities of a good conscience, we find some definite character traits that we want to build into our thinking as we are conformed to His image.

“In keeping us on course, it will lead us to a  victorious walk” 1 Timothy 1:18-19

“We will commit ourselves to knowing that we have a good conscience, and we will desire to live honestly and honorably” Hebrews 13:18

“For we are God’s workmanship created for good works.” Ephesians 2:10.

We can say the same that we were created to have a good conscience. A good conscience will exhibit kindness with graciousness in an agreeable and pleasant manner.

Join in our discussion of sowing and reaping the benefits of a GOOD CONSCIENCE.

Foundations in a World View

Colossians 2:8 “Beware, lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”

 

 

To have a foundation that will stand on solid rock and not be sifted like wind-blown sands, we need to see areas of where compromised thinking can get us into some real trouble. Whether it is rational applications as your final authority, logic according to changing facts, media madness consuming a large part of our days, and some nights, we find our minds will be in a state of overload with options that profit nothing in securing a solid foundation. We will always be on a search for satisfaction to shore up confused conclusions on “How Then Do We Live.”

Today, we are shinning some light on choices that prevent us from building a solid Biblical worldview.

Take note as we unravel the trail of worthless trivia.

The Challenge of Conversation

 “Unless the Lord had been my help, my soul would have soon lived in silence” Psalms 94: 17

 

 

We talk with one another to enjoy encouragement and enjoyment, we hear information that guides us in daily activities, we share warnings for protection and we express our affection and love in caring for one another.

Today, if our conversations involve lots of dramatic changes foreign to our way of life,  negative thinking and emotion are the results. As our world blares out the battles that rage, our conversations can stay very superficial to avoid “feeling” bad and overwhelmed. We hear “That is enough, I’m not listening anymore” and we shut down the gift of communicating because the brain struggles with what to retain, and brain fatigue sets in. . We fail to realize in shutting down our conversations, in any depth,  we also close our hearts to real needs.

Our conscience is a tool the Holy Spirit works with to give us operative freedom to choose the content of our conversations. We can avoid idle chatter. So,  listen in and loosen up as we discover the workings of the Conscience to maintain meaningful conversations.

Culture Influences Beliefs

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” Galatians 5:1

 

 

The word entangled intrigues me as it means to become twisted together or caught up in a trap, a snare, jumble, muddled.  In our world, this may include anything from a spider web, fishing nets, traffic jams, or even relationships involving different worldviews. We have been given by Jesus Christ liberty and freedom to stand fast in how we live, but we find ourselves entrapped is missing this freedom and failing to show what others need to see.

Our world has enticed us to accept their values and in doing so we have walked into the trap of entanglement and not being aware that we are trying to live in two different worlds. We struggle to understand ourselves in this dilemma and wonder why there is confusion and looking for escape methods.

Let’s check out a simple definition of a worldview and then unravel the entangle blending that sets us up for contentions, struggles, failing to give our children a solid foundation, and living in this maze of compromise, not aware of our choices.  Cultural priorities, education, acceptance of differences in life focus, and why that bothers us so much will be highlights for today.

The Condition of Our Heart

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss matters of the heart. As we read the words David prayed to the Lord, we to can ask God to search our hearts and thoughts to expose the things that we are unaware of.
When our eyes are opened we can see clearly, repent and be lead in His way. So, join in the conversation as we allow these words to be our prayer today and examine the condition of our hearts.

Culture Invades the Church

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Mentoring Matters, Janie and Sharon discuss how the world’s culture has invaded the church.

In Mark 16:15, Jesus says, “Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

We have become comfortable with simply inviting people to church so they can hear the gospel rather than being responsible to share the gospel ourselves.
As you listen, find why we have become afraid to share in the marketplace.
Examine your foundation to find where you can be strengthened in Christ. Using God’s word to apply Biblical principles, position, instruction, and conformation of Biblical truth and develop Biblical-based beliefs.

Reminded to Remember

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though you know them, and be established in the present truth” 2 Peter 1:12.

 

 

This week on Sharin Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the importance of remembering.
Peter emphasizes how he will continually remind the readers to remember. Throughout Paul’s writings, we find that he repeatedly reminds us of truths that the Lord wants us to remember.
How many times have you heard something that you “know” but have forgotten? How many times have you shared with someone a truth, only to hear them say, “I know”? Or, you heard yourself saying, “I know” to a truth?
We all have things that we need to be reminded of and strengthened in each day.
So, join in the conversation as we discover the importance of being reminded to remember.

Remembering and Forgetting

“Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent” Revelation 3:3

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie and Sharon discuss the topic of remembering.
There was a time that many of us use to remember phone numbers and birthdays, but today technology does that for us. We now live in the “information age” and sometimes we can get information overload.
We are encouraged to find out that God created us to hold only so much information so dementia may not be the problem, maybe our brain is forgetting things that are not relevant in order to protect us from overload.
So, join in the conversation as we learn more about remembering and forgetting.

Blessed Are Those That Wait On The Lord

Isaiah 30:18 “ Therefore the Lord will wait that He may be gracious to you: and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.”

 

 

In the times we live it is much harder to wait and be still than to work and be busy. If there is uncertainty, WAIT. Always, if you have doubt WAIT.  Do not force yourself into action. If you have restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear.

Waiting for God is not laziness, going to sleep, or abandonment of effort. Waiting for God means, activity under command, readiness for a new command that may come or the ability to do nothing until the command is given. To wait is to live a life of desire toward God, delight in Him, dependence on Him, and devotedness to Him. He is the reason we are willing to wait in life that we may know Him in a deep abiding relationship and be prepared to worship, work, and wonder at the grace that is ours throughout eternity.

On the other hand, the world wants us to be getting instead of giving, organizing rather than agonizing, playing instead of praying, selfish in place of service, worrying and not worshipping, anxious rather than patience, loathing replacing loving, working preferably to weeping, whining instead of waiting on God.

Follow the path that is prepared for us in waiting on God by being still before Him. Jeremiah 6:16

Blessed Are Those Who Examine Their Heart

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins explore attributes needed in our lives as examples for living the Exchange Life God calls us to. What would that life look like?

Traits to admire and trust include: keep our words timely, our walk, and talk consistently. When under attack from others we respond by being quick to hear and slow to speak.

In difficult situations, involving more than one person will seek to support the weak and strong in finding balance, keeping unity and harmony to avoid unnecessary conflicts, so the goal may be reached.

Character, revealed by words and actions, will assure the observer there will be no sarcasm, double-tongued speech passed to others. Mature leaders lead through serving.

An Exchanged Life always encourages praise and gratitude and knows how to build up without tearing down; requesting accountability and loyalty with a sincere heart of LOVE.

So join in the conversation as we examine how Blessed Are Those Who Examine Their Heart.

Blessed Are All Who Repent

Hebrews 2:1 warns and advises, “We must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest  we drift away.”

 

 

This week on Sharin’ Hearts Woman to Woman, Janie Ratzlaff and Sharon Hoskins offer hope from the voice of Jesus Christ in the Bible on staying and standing strong under testing and attacks. Now, we need to recognize when we are under attack; sometimes from direct fiery darts, but many times in ways so subtle that we don’t sense the danger until we are wounded and wanting to cover up our wrongs; or worse yet, no longer care and believe we have need of nothing.

The Lord has provided understanding that our battleground is the mind. Scripture teaches prayerful ways to stay alert to the dangers that defeat us. Funny, because too much time on our hands can be as threatening as too little time, because of excessive busyness. Desiring our own agenda for relaxation and enjoyment has a high risk if not under the guidance of the Spirit. Our own agenda needs to be His agenda we have wholeheartedly sought.

As you listen today, examine your heart and ask yourself, what are my priorities that can lead to the blessings of repentance and reconciliation?