Bible Study & Devotional 220
written by: Torrie Slaughter
Guiding Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4:4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me.
Setting our will aside is the way we follow God. It brings Him glory when we strive to exemplify His great mercy, strength, and power.
How do we strive to keep our eyes on God’s goal?
It begins with our thoughts which become our actions. Because the overall essence of our being includes the micro attitudes- the facial expressions, words, and behaviors we express when we think no one is watching.
The Yes Person
I struggled with people-pleasing and while it made me somewhat popular in certain circles, I always felt drained and undervalued. My conscience wasn’t at peace because differing views of rightness or wrongness governed me.
It took years for the Holy Spirit to drill down my arrogance, pride, and stubbornness to understand my greater purpose. God transformed me, and I continue the sanctification process daily. Now those inner feelings are God-centered, and it’s easy to say no.
Glory to God
In his letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 4:1-13), the Apostle Paul lays out the true character of gospel ministers. Faithfulness, relationship, and suffering are all part of the whole servitude. Paul says he does not rely on his conscience but God to lead Him to understand.
Jesus Solves the Problem
We, too, can grow in spiritual wisdom and seek the Holy Spirit’s power to gain clarity. It is the Lord who judges us, not humanity. Jesus offers us refuge, a way to become children of God, through His death and resurrection. We have the opportunity and are made whole with renewed minds through the refining Word of God.
Is your conscience clear of worldly mindfulness? Are you able to live a bold faith knowing God is the ultimate judge of your character?
Keep praying and seeking ways to fulfill your objective: love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And your neighbor as yourself.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Ezra 7:1-8:20, 1 Corinthians 4:1-21, Psalm 30:1-12, Proverbs 20:28-30
This devotional was written by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® for A Daily Purpose Bible Study & Devotional. Want to hear more? Tune in on Mondays and listen to Our Given Purpose the Podcast and on Fridays to Talking on Purpose with Torrie the Podcast & Internet Show. Torrie also hosts a YouTube channel of the same name.
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