Follow Your Conscience
Confidence Before God – Part 1
Scripture: 1 John 3:21-22
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.
Being led by God speaks of going forward. If we are standing still, we’re not being led anywhere. If I am fearful and lack confidence to take the next step, God can’t lead me. The answer to this dilemma is found in our scripture for today. We can enjoy confidence in God, let’s look at how this happens.
This process starts in our hearts. You’ve heard people say: “follow your heart” or “what does your heart tell you to do?” The apostle John is telling us to listen to what our hearts are saying. Is your heart condemning you? We all recognize this condition of the heart. We’ve said something or done something that doesn’t “feel” right deep down inside us. We don’t feel good about ourselves – we feel some shame… wanting to hide from God and others. While in this condition, most seldom pray and if they do attempt prayer, it lacks confidence. Prayer, in these times, feels like we’re asking a friend for help immediately following a quarrel. We ask God for help but our faith is flat and we doubt He hears us. The good news is: God uses these feelings that follow our disobedience to motivate us to seek a lifestyle free of such condemnation. It’s no fun to have our hearts condemn us!
Yes, God wants to lead us in paths of joy and fulfillment. Unfortunately, He must use these negative feelings to guide us into better pastures. Will you follow Him there?
Father, I don’t like the feelings I feel after acts of disobedience. Please remind me of these feelings before I make those poor choices again. In Jesus’ Name, amen.