Don’t Shipwreck Your Faith

1 Timothy 1:19
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

As a believer, a key to living a victorious life is clinging to our faith in Christ Jesus. When we do so we are walking by faith (what God has said), and not by sight (what we see in the natural), believing in what Christ has done for us. If we loose our confidence in God through sinful actions as 1 John 3:21 teaches, this will undermine our faith walk. One of the things that helps us to know we are doing so is our conscience. Deliberately ignoring this voice can shipwreck our faith walk.

When a ship became shipwrecked in the days of the Bible, it was usually because the ship had run aground on a sand bar or was sunk because it ran into rocks under the surface. In either case that ship is going nowhere. This is what can happen to a believers faith if they do not pay attention to their conscience. The conscience is the voice of our spirit man within (Romans 9:1). If we reject the voice of our spirit, we to can become shipwrecked and our faith will go nowhere.

The conscience or voice of our spirit is where we learn to follow the guidance of our spirit man, which when born again will lead us in line with the Word of God. When we reject our conscience, we are not walking in line with the Word. Our conscience will reveal when we have missed it with God, and if we listen and repent, we maintain our confidence toward God and our faith remains active. So listen closely to your conscience if you don’t want to become shipwrecked, causing your faith to go nowhere.

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