You see, we come before God, we come before the Lord, Jesus Christ, and say, “God, about five years ago I did this.” Or, “Last week, and here’s my conscience. I’ve tried to let Conscience sleep, but here it is, Lord. I come to you. I am wrong. I’ve failed you. I’m distressed.” What does God do? “To the prison.” Does God do that? No. If we’re really serious about our sins, if we really confess our sins, turn form our sins, He will cleanse us form all unrighteousness. He will clothe us in robes of righteousness. He will forgive us; He will love us. He will say, “Welcome, my son. Come back.”
Remember the rod and reel story? The same way my father did me. But the Heavenly Father is even a billion times more loving and incredible, and mercy-filled than that.
So, all we’ve got to do–we’re in sin. We just barely turn; we just kind of glance over our shoulders for God. He’s right there waiting to love us, to accept us. That is the grace awakening. Because of God’s grace, because of Joseph’s grace, his brothers said, “We don’t deserve this. This must be from God.”
Now let’s get practical for a moment, and let me close out this message by giving you a couple of statements. Question. How do you have, how do I have, how do we maintain a clear conscience? How do we do it? How do we keep our consciences activated? How do we keep them alive? How do we keep them awake? Do we drink spiritual coffee or No-Doz? What’s the deal?
We’ve got to turn on the light. We’ve got to turn on the lights because so many of us have things in our past and they’re dark. We’re trying to hide them. Take your Bibles and turn to Proverbs 20:27.
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