the Ink within is †rue
guilty conscience a deceptive hue
the choice is up to you
[hue = practice]
For a moment I simply replaced practice with hue without inference- but I wanted to stay true to what I heard, lose nothing in translation and hopefully help someone else in transition.
…and by that I mean this influence was gifted as personal revelation on my own journey- recently given after I shared anothers’ poem that spoke volumes to me as it wove a vision of ink and skulls as the accumulated influences throughout life, clinging to our psyche like dark dredges of the past; mistakes, failure, hurt, loss, unworthiness and regret. Those things often steer us like silent rudders and if we live in unwitting ignorance, mold and shape us into persons we were never meant to be(come).
The fact is God convicts but He doesn’t condemn with guilt- Jesus bore our guilt on His cross. Once in Christ, if it’s not of Him or from Him, we don’t have to accept it or take it in; yet, we must accept that fact and take it in to truly live free. Even after redemption we know we’re confined to our human condition, no less exposed to the influences around us; people, the harsh reality of a situation that doesn’t seem to reflect God’s Promises, the lies our feelings bring to mind and fool us as true- often prompted by the Voice of the Accuser. Sometimes we are that voice; i.e., a guilty conscience is a deceptive practice.
I know He’s reminding me (us) that to discount the totality and finality of His Work/Word is to distrust Him; and in that, we deceive ourselves and open the door to being deceived. Remembering of course, repentance is not perpetually saying sorry for the same offense but turning away from it; and in fact, access to His help if we lack the will or will power to do so. Otherwise, we’ll tie His hands and live well below His intent as one of His own.
So here’s a definitive line we can all draw in the sand- if God said it, it’s fact, not feeling. That holds true for every jot and tittle. And man- ain’t that good to know!
Hey, a clear conscience makes for a soft pillow.
God bless us to remain stable and fixed on the journey, in His strength and empowerment-
In God’s plan to restore a fallen and disfigured world, Abraham became the father of all of us, the agent of blessing to everyone. Jesus completes what God started centuries before when He established Abraham’s covenant family. Those who put faith in Jesus and call Him “Lord” become part of Abraham’s faith family. Because God is gracious, loving, and merciful, men and women from every corner of the earth are not only declared right, but ultimately are made right as well. It happens through God’s actions—not our efforts—in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus who was crucified for our misdeeds and raised to repair what has been wrong all along. So the promises of God made long years ago are being realized in men and women who hear the call of faith and answer “yes” to it. (VOICE)
Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King. ~Romans 5:1 The Voice (VOICE)
You know that a price was paid to redeem you from following the empty ways handed on to you by your ancestors; it was not paid with things that perish (like silver and gold), but with the precious blood of the Anointed, who was like a perfect and unblemished sacrificial lamb. ~1 Peter 1:18-19 The Voice (VOICE)
Therefore, as a witness of the Lord, I insist on this: that you no longer walk in the outsiders’ ways—with minds devoted to worthless pursuits. They are blind to true understanding. They are strangers and aliens to the kind of life God has for them because they live in ignorance and immorality and because their hearts are cold, hard stones. And now, since they’ve lost all natural feelings, they have given themselves over to sensual, greedy, and reckless living. They stop at nothing to satisfy their impure appetites.
But this is not the path of the Anointed One, which you have learned. If you have heard Jesus and have been taught by Him according to the truth that is in Him, then you know to take off your former way of life, your crumpled old self—that dark blot of a soul corrupted by deceitful desire and lust— to take a fresh breath and to let God renew your attitude and spirit. Then you are ready to put on your new self, modeled after the very likeness of God: truthful, righteous, and holy.
So put away your lies and speak the truth to one another because we are all part of one another. When you are angry, don’t let it carry you into sin.Don’t let the sun set with anger in your heart or give the devil room to work. If you have been stealing, stop. Thieves must go to work like everyone else and work honestly with their hands so that they can share with anyone who has a need. Don’t let even one rotten word seep out of your mouths. Instead, offer only fresh words that build others up when they need it most. That way your good words will communicate grace to those who hear them. It’s time to stop bringing grief to God’s Holy Spirit; you have been sealed with the Spirit, marked as His own for the day of rescue. Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison. Instead, be kind and compassionate. Graciously forgive one another just as God has forgiven you through the Anointed, our Liberating King. –Ephesians 4:20-32 The Voice (VOICE)
…even though we possess the power of God on the inside of us, if we don’t embrace the same mindset that Jesus had about His identity for our own lives, we will never be confident enough to walk in that identity. Renew your mind to who you really are and declare it every day. You are the righteousness of God by faith, not by works. You are God’s beloved child, and He loves you uniquely and unconditionally. No matter what you face in life, you are more than a conqueror in His eyes. When you walk in your identity, you will send the devil running in the opposite direction! ~excerpt: Knowing Your True Identity.
Please read this short but powerful truth of how Jesus walked in His identity here