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Monday, July 30, 2012 | Comments (2)

by John MacArthur

What good would it do you to have a state-of-the-art alarm system, complete with highly sensitive detectors and the finest technical support, if you never paid attention to the alarm?

Over the last few weeks we’ve discussed how to keep your conscience soft, sharp, strong, and clear. But if you don’t pay attention to its warnings—if you don’t act on the information it provides—even the sharpest, strongest conscience is useless. And you have no hope of keeping your conscience truly clear if you're not using it to root out and destroy the sin it alerts you to.

We cannot afford to take a lackadaisical approach to dealing with the sin our consciences uncover. We can’t put it on a spiritual to-do list and get to it when it's convenient.

Through Christ’s sacrifice we’ve been freed from bondage to sin. But we’re still waging a constant battle against our flesh and the old habits, temptations, and tendencies that remain within us. As Paul says in Romans 8:13, believers must be constantly “putting to death the deeds of the body.” We must be ruthless, thorough, and precise when it comes to dealing with indwelling sin.

Over the next few days we’re going to look at what it means to kill the deeds of the flesh, and how to respond biblically to the warnings of our consciences.


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#1  Posted by Abe Unger  |  Monday, July 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Thank you Pastor John for speaking on this. Sin is something I believe to many "Christians" are not concerned about, especially church's in America and Canada (where I'm from) part "A"of Romans 8:13 tells us that if you are living according to the flesh, you must die. I spent most of my life in church's that didn't speak on such topics as sin, but through the grace of God he lead my wife and I to an awesome bible believing church. I also have the privilege of doing a sermon for the first time and I'm speaking from Romans 8:1. So thanks again, your ministry has had a big impact on my life. God Bless.

#2  Posted by Isaiah Stillman  |  Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Thankyou for the faithfulness you have to speak and preach on this matter. Being active military and being apart of an organization that seems to hate anything righteous and Godly, this topic I find very convicting and encouraging! It is such a blessing to know that even if I can't find a church to attend that stands firm on the Word of the Lord, I can sit down with my young family and listen to Grace to You. Thank you.