1 Peter 3:16 says, “Having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.”
We all have a conscience. We all know right from wrong. When we do wrong (sin) our conscience is pricked. What we do with that ‘prick’ determines the next step. We either heed or ignore.
I started Ezekiel the other day. I was captured by this verse. Although it is talking about what Ezekiel saw we can apply it to our lives. Ezekiel 1:12 says, “…they went wherever the spirit wanted to go, and they did not turn when they went.”
Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
Did you notice the mind set? Our thoughts truly determine our actions. James 4:17 is a great governor. It says, “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”
I was thinking about the anatomy of sin. Cain brought an offering of the ground, but Abel brought the firstborn of his flock. Both knew what God required. God respected Abel’s but didn’t respect Cain’s. Genesis 4:6 says, “So the Lord said to Cain, Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen?”
Here is the power of resisting sin. Verse 7 says, “…And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.” When tempted to sin, the Holy Spirit is right there to lead us away from the temptation. He checks our spirit. At that point we have a choice: rule over the sin or let it rule over us.
The Holy Spirit will lead us away from the temptation. We can follow or ignore His prompting. Jesus set His face like a flint. The farmer plows a straight row by keeping his eyes on a goal.
Luke 9:62 says, “…No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Elisha did not look back when Elijah called him. We are called with a holy calling. Let us follow the Holy Spirit into fruitful life-giving endeavors, and not be sidetracked by futile pursuits.