Galatians 1:10 (NET)
10 Am I now trying to gain the approval of people; or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ!
The challenge of preaching the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is that now and again, the preacher must tell his/her congregation what they should hear but which they may not like to hear. It is natural to feel the condemnation of conscience when we do something wrong. The apostle Paul did point out that those who ignore the condemnations or approvals within them, lead themselves to perdition and the shipwreck of their faith. (1 Tim. 1:19). In another Scripture, he pointed out that the conscience within some have been denatured or seared (1 Tim. 4:2). As a result they feel nothing when they do evil.
Part of the Good News of our salvation is that the burden of sin is lifted from us through the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. But what each one of us must know is that once that burden is lifted, the conscience within us becomes very sensitive guarding the entry into our soul and blocking off evil thoughts and feelings. It warns us of evil while we are still far from the act and bids us turn away from the paths that lead to evil.
What the Holy Spirit of God does is to use the Word of God to renew and sensitize our conscience so that it will be alert to its duties of guarding our soul from wrong, whether they be thoughts or feelings.
When we meditate on the Word of God we see the path to His holiness. First we enter into His holiness by grace through faith. Then we stay in His holiness by grace through faith. But staying is not passive but active. Anyone who has been to the seashore will notice that boats that are anchored are hardly steady. The waves may push them back and forth but because they are anchored they maintain their position. The tides of temptations may move us back and forth, but by grace we never let go of our anchor and so never yield to sin. A lady once said to me, “corrupt officials offered me an incredible proposition, which was to turn a profit of 40 million naira to 300 million by a stroke of the pen. I was sorely tempted but in the end I had the grace and the courage to say no to them.”
We must encourage our pastors and preachers through prayer to daily and weekly pass unto us a rich menu of the undiluted Word of God for that is health to our souls. To do otherwise is to shepherd the flock to the gates of hell for the Judge will bring out the hidden things that caused the names of the deluded to be removed from the Book of Life (Rev. 3:5). When we pray for our pastors to be revived we release the SPIRIT OF REVIVAL and so give birth to REVIVAL in the church and in the community.
Always remember that names can be blotted out from the Book of Life if we do not persevere on the path of righteousness. Listen to this and note verse 5:
Revelation 3:1-6 (NLT)
1 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Sardis. This is the message from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars: “I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief. 4 “Yet there are some in the church in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes with evil. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine. 6 “Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.
May the Good LORD grant us the grace to hold steady so that our lights may shine in the world of darkness and evil that is around us in Jesus name, Amen.