THE CRITICAL CONSCIENCE PART TWO
The spirit that accuses
The defiled conscience then becomes the easy target for the spirit of accusation (Revelation 12:10). The sensitive soul, ruled by fear, false guilt, law, shame and pride is unwilling to yield, surrender and trust Christ to rule and settle with finality all issues of the mind (Colossians 3:15). This makes the person extremely vulnerable to further demonically induced confusion and reduced reasoning.
The accuser partnering with the overstrict conscience establishes more intense emotions of false guilt. Further underlining the lie “the emotion of guilt is the ultimate proof and evidence of true guilt”. The accusing spirit doesn’t accuse to save. Saviours don’t accuse and focus upon pointing out faults, rather they rescue. The accusing spirit users the law unlawfully and demands perfection. That is why the the person with the weak conscience is often legalistic and critical of others (Romans’ 14:3-4).
In Nehemiah 6v7 we can see the spirit of accusation in practice. The accuser attempts to halt and derail the work of restoration by accusing Nehemiah of deceptive ambition. Your reputation is damaged, leave the wall and repair your reputation. In effect he says “everybody know's why you are really doing this, and it has nothing to do with God, but is fuelled by your selfish ambition” Like the overstrict conscience the accuser invites Nehemiah to retreat and digress for his own good. "Let’s meet together”
Both the overstrict conscience and the accuser never speaks to improve or help the recipient overcome faults. The criticism and the accusation is always designed to take away confidence, resolve and strength. Anything that takes away a person’s confidence is highly dangerous. The accusation came to Nehemiah to strike and stab, to leave him grieving and rejected.
However, Nehemiah does something that the person with the weak conscience could never do. He totally, emphatically and confidently refutes the accusation by saying “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are making it up out of your head” He is like a New Covenant saint who know's that God has given him a sound mind. Nehemiah knows His motivation, knows his intentions knows the why behind the vision and refutes the accusation as a total lie. He refuses to become distracted by the accusation and false criticism.
In contrast to Nehemiah the person with the immature conscience feels the false guilt could be possibly true, the overstrict voice triggers the emotion of false guilt and self-doubt “what if I am deceived and this offer to meet together is actually sent to save?” Accusation is not evidence of true guilt. Nine times in the gospels Jesus is accused of evil, the spirit of accusation wasn’t trying to improve Jesus, Jesus was perfect. Likewise for the blameless the accusation has no capacity to improve life. Through the cross the case against the believer has already been dropped (Colossians 2:14). The saint is already been brought to fullness in Christ (Colossians 2v29). Although the harsh conscience has an appearance of wisdom it is in fact false, deceptive and lacks any real value for training and restraining (Colossians 2v23). The only focus a person needs is Christ and His complete victory. Christ and the cross are the truths that produce confidence before God as a gift, leading to devotion to God and being continuously captivated by His love.
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