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Training Your Conscience

July 5, 2019

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

If the alarm clock is to function it has to be powered, but it also has to be set. A good conscience is powered by the Spirit and set by the Word. Hiding God’s Word in your heart will train your conscience to sound the alarm and keep you from sin.

Psalm 119 is the longest psalm in the Bible. If you have never read it right through, you might like to try it. There are 22 sections. You could read one each day for the rest of the month. It’s all about one thing—what the Word of God can do in your life when you receive it by faith.

Are you hiding God’s Word in your heart? Or is it just flitting across your brain? David says, “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” When you take the Word into your mind and heart, it trains your conscience. Your conscience is the counselor of your inner life. But this counselor, like every other counselor, needs to be trained.

A godly life begins with the Word of God. Here’s how it works: You hide God’s Word in your heart and that Word shapes and strengthens your conscience. And a good conscience is your best defense against sin and temptation.

“I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Are you doing this?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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