Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves honorably in everything. Hebrews 13:18
Depending on what Bible translation you are reading you can find references that mention having a “clear conscience” at least 10 times from Genesis to 1 Peter.
We can quickly overlook those two words “clear conscience” because we have a general understanding of what they mean. However, if we dig a little deeper into the definition of the word “clear” these words can take on a much deeper significance. Take a look at the definition from the Merriam Webster dictionary.
CLEAR: very obvious : not causing or allowing doubt – easily understood – free from doubt or confusion – able to think in an accurate way without confusion – easily seen : having small parts and details that can be easily seen and identified – easily heard – easily seen through – not blocked by anything – not covered – free of marks or spots – free from feelings of guilt or blame – to remove something entirely from an area or place – to go over, under, or past (something) without touching – to make (a path, road, open space, etc.) by removing things that block or cover an area or surface – to get or give approval for (something) – to pay all the money that is owed for (a debt or loan) – to remove things from (an area or surface)
As we approach this Christmas, I pray you will consider the indescribable gift that Jesus has given each of us. Since His feet hit the soil of this Earth until the day He returns, he will work towards clearing out the doubt, confusion, scars, guilt, regrets and perceived debt that our hearts, minds and souls try to hold onto.
Immediately, his ears were opened, his speech difficulty was removed, and he began to speak clearly. Mark 7:5
Again, Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes, and he saw distinctly. He was cured and could see everything clearly. Mark 8:25
Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. Matthew 7:5
I imagine the clear night the angels appeared to the shepherds announcing the Savior’s birth. I picture the stars shining brightly in the night sky as they held tight to their staffs and kept watch over their flocks. Out of no where, the Heavenly Hosts proclaimed the overwhelming news.
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Good news for ALL people! The news that a Savior was coming to give them mercy, grace, eternal life and make a clear path for them to His waiting arms. My prayer for all of you this Christmas is that you believe and accept what the Savior offers: a clear conscience and fresh eyes to see the deep love the Creator of the universe has for you, the bold sacrifice He made to ensure it happened and understanding of the mystery of the gospel.
Join me in 2017 for a new challenge and way to dig deeper into God’s word. I’ve chosen 52 scriptures (thank you Pastor Green for the great idea) to study, memorize and meditate on each week. 12 Old Testament, 12 New Testament, 12 Gospels, 12 Psalms & Proverbs, and 4 scriptures of your choosing.
Each week, I’m going to pull one of the scriptures I’ve chosen out of a box. I’ll read it, memorize it, journal it, read it in different Bible translations and the chapter it’s contained in. Approaching scripture in new ways allows it to penetrate our hearts in new and real ways. Experiencing it, living it, and meditating on it while leaning in to hear what God is whispering for us to know and reveal to our hearts is vital to our continued relationship with our Heavenly Father.
I’ll post my scripture each week and a revelation or insight that caused my heart to skip a beat. I hope you will join me and choose your own scriptures to dwell on during the year. I’m excited to see what God reveals.
Thank you for all your support and encouragement through 2016. Merry Christmas! I look forward to our new adventures in 2017.