June 7/Acts 23

Verse 1 > How could Paul say that he had always served God with a clear conscience? After all he used to torment, beat up, imprison and kill Christians. He did that innocently because he really thought that he was obeying the Old Testament law and God by getting rid of these Jesus followers. This tells me that a conscience may certainly be a good goad to get you to do something but it is not a good guide. Don’t buy into the saying, “Let your conscience be your guide.” Paul did and people lost their lives. The word of God is to be our guide not our conscience. The word of God will keep our conscience clear and pure as long as we are obeying the Word. At this moment Paul had been obeying the Lord for a number of years and his conscience truly was clear.

Look at all the evil things that happen in the world today. It is because continued disobedience to God’s word deadens the conscience. This why we have the gender thing going on in our society right now. The word of God must be our guide.

John 16:2 (NLT) — 2 For you will be expelled from the synagogues, and the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.
1 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT) — 4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.
1 Timothy 4:2 (NLT) — 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.
Hebrews 9:14 (NLT) — 14 Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
Psalm 119:105 (NLT) — 105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Verse 11 > If you are not sure of your life’s purpose here it is. No matter what you are doing to make a living your purpose is to be a witness for Jesus. It really simplifies things doesn’t it? You will never have to wonder if your life really matters, just be a witness for Jesus because really that is all that matters.
Acts 1:8 (NLT) — 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Verses 12-35 > God protects his witnesses until the day set for them to come home. I really believe we are invincible until that day. Obviously that doesn’t mean doing something stupid or foolish. We will go on living until God says our time it up.

Psalm 139:13–16 (NLT) — 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Be Inspired Hilltop!  and serve the Lord with a clear conscience!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    Once again God is using nonbelieving gentiles to achieve his purpose. God needed his message proclaimed in Rome so he used the Romans to help keep Paul alive until he arrived. In this chapter Rome saves Paul from the Jewish establishment instead of bowing to it as they did with Jesus. God can use anyone to promote his purpose. This looks back to Gamaliel stating that if it is from man it will fail but if it is from God how can you stand against it.