Scripture Reading: Acts 24:16
“And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.”
Our Father and our God, we thank you because you are coming. Are you ready for the coming of the Lord? The signs are clearer than ever before that He is coming soon. If the Bridegroom comes for His Bride today, will He take you along? I encourage you to resolve to be ready because He is coming like a thief in the night: at the time we least expect.
How can you be ready? The testimony of a pure conscience before God will prepare you for the rapture. Many of us have a pure conscience in our minds before God, but there are people we cannot look in the eye because our conscience towards them is not clear. Sometimes we smile at people but in our heart we are cursing them. Because that pure conscience is not evident, many are living shortchanged, downtrodden lives.
If you are carrying a grudge in your heart, I urge you to forgive. If there is any iniquity, depart from it. Sin will make it very difficult for you to make heaven. So lay aside every weight and sin that easily besets you.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God,” Hebrews 12:1–2.
The days are evil; redeem the time. Pray in the name of Jesus that God will forgive all your sins and that you will have a pure conscience towards God and man. I pray in the name of Jesus that a pure conscience will become your testimony.
How will you know that your conscience is pure? You will become assured when you go to God in prayer and find that no sin is convicting you before God. You will be assured when you can look at your fellow man squarely in the face. You will be assured when you can communicate freely with your fellow man and no sin is convicting you before that person. A pure conscience will happen when the power of the Holy Ghost comes upon you and you begin to examine yourself.
Whom do you need to forgive? Who is crying against you when you go to the altar to present your gifts to God? The testimony of a defiled conscience can sometimes defile the gift. Pray for the grace to forgive, the grace to forget, and the grace to think pure thoughts.
Above all these, we must always remember that Jesus is our Robe of Righteousness. He gives us the grace and takes us from glory to glory.
This is indeed a tall order. If you have not given your life to Jesus and received the Holy Spirit, you cannot accomplish this. Pray now, “Dear Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. I confess and forsake my sins. Cleanse me from my sins. Write my name in the book of life and give me the born-again experience.
Father God, purge us of our sins. Let the blood of Jesus wash away all our sins so we may be ready for the coming of the Lord. Empower us with the Holy Spirit to enable us to forgive others.
Lord, give us the grace to amend our ways and walk aright with you in the name of Jesus. Let us have the testimony of a pure conscience. Amen.