The key to spiritual success is to keep a clean conscience.
So much can be expounded on this topic, but it is actually a very simple truth-a pure heart is always the result of the fear of the Lord.
How to fear the Lord? When we stop justifying ourselves and happily yield to His judgement and His righteousness. To claim oneself having the right in this or to that, is to entertain desires and reasons from the pit of hell. That is where Eve deceived herself and was tempted by the Devil. Self-deception comes first, then the fall to temptation. What right have we before the Sovereign and All-Knowing God? At a simple “innocent and harmless” claim is where one’s conscience becomes defiled.
False religion at its core, always seeks to justify one’s self, or hide oneself from God;
true religion is to lay bare our soul before the Holy One and be made holy as a progressive result.
The former thrives in shame, perversion or pride and untamed false passion. What unabashed shamelessness when the wicked king, Henry VIII, speaking of one’s conscience as the highest court under God! The latter, however, always grounds itself in humility, yielded-ness, long-suffering, hopeful endurance, love that puts others before ourselves, with a heart that “hates evil and loves righteousness”. This simple insistence lent Thomas Moore the strength and dedication to forfeit all to face his doom in the Tower, a saint not just before man, but always before God.
Another observation along this line seems worth to be noted. Religion always reduces God to be a hard task-master; but the life of Jesus Christ always leads us to the Father, who is all-loving, full of mercy and compassion; all-wise, full of knowledge and power; all-righteous, full of holiness and justice. In Him, there is no shifting shadow. He is the same from the beginning to the end, therefore He shows no partiality, not to the poor nor the rich, not to the educated nor the illiterate, not to the young nor the old, not to the rulers nor the ruled. All flowers bow before the sun. All lands thrive under the rain. All stars circulate the course of day and night. All men, beasts, fish, and birds feed on God’s bounty and yet return to dust in the end.
When we apprehended this kind of wisdom and made it a source of a clean conscience, we are released from the pressing and the fussing of an unenlightened world and the base life that is always under the york of earthly needs. We can soar and see like an eager, because God is our wind; we can “roar” and rule like a lion because God is our righteousness. We intercede as a priest who is approved, because on our breast is the embodiment of His mercy; we judge as a king who is appointed, because with our rod we will crush evil and exalt justice in the midst of God’s people.
Who is worthy of such a call? Who is capable of such an entrustment? Those that God has chosen and disciplined. And the mark for such one always is a clear conscience according to the Spirit of Christ and the living ways of the Father. A divine union if you will-“The Word becomes flesh”. Paul explains it this way: “for our competence is not from ourselves, but from God.”
When illustrating the new life born from above, Jesus explained to Nicodemus, might be with his few disciples around, that a spiritual-minded man is one who chooses to come to the light of His teachings (wisdom from above) and by so doing, he knows that “everything is wrought by God”. Paul expounds this truth beautifully: “All things work good for those who love God.”
If it is so, then a spiritual-minded man will walk as God leads and will as God wills in him. Therefore he is immune to man’s judgment, because his eyes is ever set on the Eternal Judge, who is dispensing His right and wrong thru their living divine communion. Jesus explains it this way: “God is god to the living; not to the dead (who’s life is devoid of the living spirit of God).” “Abide in me (my way of life), and the Father and I will abide (fellowship or share communion, reveal or manifest God’s realities and glories) in you.”
Therefore, such confidence is our Lord’s towards His appointed ones, the early disciples. He assured them: Don’t worry what you will eat, or what you will wear, for man of the world care about such things; you fellow me. As the result, to paraphrase the Lord, do not worry about what you will say when facing the persecution or scrutiny of the rulers and the unbelieving, for the Holy Spirit will be with you to give you what to say and how to say it.
Now this, indeed, is an abundant life. And this truly is a free life. The truth or the reality of the life of God in man, even Jesus Christ, the Son of God, from above and thru and thru by the Holy Spirit, will set us free.
If the Son (life of The Anointed One) sets you free, you are free indeed! Amen and Amen and AMEN!!!