Jesus told His disciples in the upper room, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV).
Paul made known the Gospel to the Corinthians. They received the Gospel and he told them: “in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast (keep in memory) the word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:1b–2 NKJV).
Over the years I have met people who at one point believed but did not keep in mind what they received, and their faith turned out to be vain. David instructed us when he wrote:
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.
Psalm 119:9–11 NASB
David treasured God’s Word by committing it to memory and applying it in his daily walk. Solomon reminded us: “the memory of the righteous is blessed.” (Proverbs 10:7 NASB).
Jesus promised His disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring all things to their memory. Paul told the Corinthians that salvation is rooted in remembering what he preached. That is why we should study, review, memorize, and meditate upon the Word of God.
Our conscience is a very important part of our five soul senses. Paul told Timothy that:
The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith.
1 Timothy 1:5 NKJV
This constitutes a healthy mind. Paul contrasted this when he spoke of latter times:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to
deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4:1–2 NKJV
In the Garden of Eden, Eve believed a lie when she was deceived by the devil and had her conscience seared. This is implied, as she no longer had a concern for God’s will, but only for her own desires. Thank God for the blood of those innocent animals and their skins that covered Adam and Eve’s sin. It is implied that their conscience was healed at the moment that they accepted the shed blood. They looked ahead to the promised seed of the woman: Christ, the son of David, the Son of God. The writer of Hebrews declared: “For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleans your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:13–14 NKJV).
A good conscience is necessary for us to be able to navigate our lives with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If our conscience is dull from not being listened to, it produces an inability to hear the guidance of the Spirit. The writer of Hebrews made the contrast between the Old Testament sacrifice of the blood of goats and bulls and the New Testament sacrifice of the blood of Jesus. The writer stated that the sacrifice of animals was “sanctified for the cleansing of the flesh.” (Hebrews 9:13 NASB). Then he asked, “How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:14 NASB).
Your conscience gives you an awareness of God’s will. Many years ago, I walked through a very difficult period in my life. Because of my hurt, I made some poor decisions. In my choices I disobeyed God when I ignored my conscience. I found that it became easier and easier to choose a dead work over obeying God. One day I came under deep conviction, turned my will loose, and declared, “Lord, I only want Your best!” Immediately I experienced the “blood of Jesus cleansing my conscience from dead works to serve the living God.” My conscience was back in full operation and once again, I was able to make difficult, but correct decisions. I thank God for the cleansing blood of Jesus! That experience taught me that the Word of God is true regarding a “seared conscience.” (1 Timothy 4:2 NASB).
Our conscience becomes our guidance system because it is cleansed by the blood of Jesus and surrendered to the Holy Spirit. I believe that the conscience was part of the “Divine DNA” given to man when God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life as recorded in Genesis 2:7. When man fell, the divine life departed, and man was left with a natural life. The conscience remained and carried a sense of right and wrong. It helped give man a moral guidance but was very deficient without the Spirit of God. Man was left to his own devices. Through the new birth, the conscience once again is connected to the “Divine DNA” through the Holy Spirit.
In our awareness of God’s presence and His will, the Holy Spirit can release spiritual gifts. A good conscience is vital for us to be sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance through gifts like wisdom, knowledge, and discernment of spirits. Ask the Lord to search your heart and show you any areas in your conscience that need cleansing. Allow the Spirit to apply the blood of Jesus to any areas of your life which He reveals to you. A fully operating conscience will cause you to be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s will in guiding your life.
These five senses are part of the soul and are directly related to the many Bible verses that deal with the heart of man. When you read the Bible and it mentions the heart, consider these five senses and how those verses relate to each part of your soul.