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Have we lost our way as a society? Has our conscience been seared as with a hot iron that we can no longer practice civility, and treat each other with the much-needed respect due to every child of God? Just like a third-degree burn suffered from a fire - there is something charring our human conscience which has damaged our ability to practice moral etiquette, and which has disabled our spiritual nerve endings which is now in need of repair.

Growing up I always remember feeling as though someone was keeping watch over me. I wasn’t sure if it was the neighboring spies who had a secret vow with my mom, or was it the simple fact that I was taught civility, respect, and integrity early in my years. Simple rules like “thou shall not lie or else you will get a shoe stuck in your head” helped pave a clear way to being aware that there was either an “eye in the sky”, or someone had a secret sonar ability to listen to my every word. Either way, I have always treasured that little voice abiding in the crevices of my stomach which helped me distinguish right from wrong, especially in darkened times.

The Word of God has always been the foundation of every moral rule. And, accompanied with this great gift He has embedded in us the gift of conscience which we should be careful to tend, and not leave to stupor. It would do us a great benefit to once again listen to this spiritual muscle especially more in times like this.

Where’s Conscience?

2 Corinthians 1:12-14

12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace. 13 For we do not write you anything you cannot read or understand. And I hope that 14 as you have understood us in part, you will come to understand fully that you can boast of us just as we will boast of you in the day of the Lord Jesus.

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What do we look like when no one is watching? Or, how would you and I live if we knew we would not be criticized or judged? How about if a microphone were to be wired to our thoughts, what would people hear? If only our pillows can talk - I assure you that many of us have more in common than we would like to believe, think, or share.

The ability to see the true nature of someone requires that we remove all of the masks, titles, and pompous images that we permit ourselves to exercise in order to fit into this world. Being vulnerable may not seem comfortable but it is certainly necessary if we are going to live authentic lives before God, and others. The only way to free ourselves from the chains of falsehood in believing that everything is ok when it’s not, or that we somehow have to secretly handle our problems is totally untrue. Acknowledging our weaknesses, and embracing our insecurities is the first step in allowing God to help us, and heal us.

God sees through our shields and understands our fears. He grieves with us through our traumas, even in the midst of all the drama. So, whether you have been allotted “rags or riches” permit yourself the opportunity to be vulnerable to self, to God, and to those around you who care.

Hebrews 10:22-23

22 Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. #oneminutewithgod #soundsofmywritings #andyfernandez #iamministries

As we approach the holidays, and the sounds of festivities are beginning to ring through the streets, and the malls are preparing for big days ahead - it would seem like a dichotomy that all of this is going on while we are still navigating through a historical year marked with challenges. If you are like many it doesn’t take holidays, historical elections, or a pandemic to grant us permission to be melancholy or simply unhappy. It would seem that this soulish condition may be a reflection of something deeper working in the sinews of our hearts excusing us from being thankful.

How would we ever experience joy, if we haven’t experienced sadness? How would we appreciate plenty, if we have never tasted of lack? And, how would you and I be grateful for health, if we haven’t experienced sickness? Joy is a gift provided by God to those who have learned to depend on His goodness and ultimate sovereignty. A thankful heart is one that has recognized that nothing is promised and that each man’s lot, whether big or small, is proportioned each to be appreciated. Most of our unthankfulness has been birthed because of our covetousness towards others or our sinful pride of dissatisfaction.

So, surrender today and give thanks for the great and small things for which you have experienced. For breathing, for being alive, and for being mobile. You are simply one step away from a miracle, give thanks.

John 6:11-13

11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are leftover. Let nothing be wasted.” 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

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