Monday, March 14, 2011

Recognizing Reality

For several weeks a radiologist had suffered with a painful stomachache. Noting his discomfort, his associate suggested that he have a series of x-rays to rule out any problems.

He agreed to this plan and was assigned a number by the clinic. The next day he was examining a nameless x-ray that he did not know was his. Suddenly he cried out, "Contract this person immediately. He has inoperable cancer."

Unfortunately, many of us have feelings of discomfort and disease. We are uncomfortable and troubled. We hear sermons, read Scripture and even pray but get no satisfaction or relief.

Peter wrote that it is important for us to keep our "conscience clear." It may mean that during those times in our lives when we feel no peace or comfort, joy or satisfaction in Christ, that His Holy Spirit is saying, "Take an x-ray! Look carefully for the sin that it causing you this pain." If we examine our lives carefully, God will help us find the sin.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for all the warning signs You give us to let us know when we need to repent. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Peter 3:16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

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