The ‘Conscience’ That’s Tired of Being Ignored!

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Conscience – an inner feeling or voice viewed as acting as a guide to the rightness or wrongness of one’s behavior.

We all have one! Not all of us respond well to our conscience and what it tells us to do in every given situation.

The ‘Conscience’ has been given to us, by God, I believe, to caution us and to stop us from making a wrong decision, as well as to convict us in the event that we do.  At times, our conscience leaves us feeling good and at other times it can leave us feeling badly. There is a reason for that!

The question becomes this; how do we respond to the tug of the conscience? We are definitely free to ignore it or to listen to it. We can delay its message to us or we can flat out disagree. None the less, we won’t be able to shut it up!

The ‘Conscience’ is there to help us adjust ourselves and our thinking. If our conscience convicts us of doing wrong or responding negatively to something, we need to pay attention to it and make the necessary adjustments.

There are some who wrestle with their conscience. They refuse to take heed to it and they wrestle with the convicted feelings that have been stabbing at them. This isn’t a good thing. Never wrestle with your conscience!

Admitting to oneself that the thing you are about to do and say is wrong or destructive may be difficult, but if you follow through on a negative action, your conscience will get you! You try to shove it away and dismiss it, all the while lying to yourself. You know that your conscience is trying to guide you into what is right, but you just won’t listen to it.

I have no sympathy for those who ignore their conscience. Eventually, they’ll hit a brick wall and suffer the consequences for their actions. By then, they deserve whatever comes!

There is nothing more beautiful than when your conscience leaves you feeling free, elated and glad! The outcome of your action may not make everyone else happy, but you’ll have peace of mind because you have done the right thing. After all, each person has to be able to live with their conscience and at the end of the day, sleep with it too.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that the longer you delay the proper response to your conscience, that you will eventually stop hearing its prodding. Honestly, you cannot ignore it! It will always resurface, and when it does, you will have bigger problems! The task that it has been calling you to do will become harder the longer you wait.

The conscience that is tired of being ignored, will implode, and go through violent compression. I have witnessed the aftermath of a person who refused to listen to their conscience. The pain and distress that they experienced was devastating to watch. There was no comfort for them. Their regret was a mile long. The spill out affected other people. The casualties were great.

There are only 4 more days left to 2016. Let us all be mindful to not ignore that inner voice.  If our conscience call us to swallow our pride, let’s do it. It will benefit us in the end. If it assaults us because we did the dastardly thing, make things right with whoever the right is due. If our conscience leaves us in peace feeling great, wonderful, we will reap the harvest from it and add more stature to our character!

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A Gospel Legend Has Been Promoted

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Andrae Crouch

Andrae Crouch Gospel Singer/Producer/Pastor

I can remember being a 14 year old when I first heard Andrae Crouch and The Disciples hit the scene with their unique sound of contemporary Gospel. I took to them right away! After all, the only sounds of Gospel music that I heard at the time was that of the ‘Traditional’ Gospel sounds of the old time hymns. Don’t misunderstand…I love the hymns to this day! They are songs with substance and you can find a Bible verse to support its content!

Being as young as I was, at the time, I gravitated to the new sounds in Gospel music. Andrae Crouch was a trail blazer to say the least! He broke through barriers filled with negativity. Some may have even questioned his ‘Christianity’. He also had to deal with racism as he and his band members traveled to certain places. Never the less, he continued to develop his unique sound and eventually everyone caught the feel for the sound and it caused a movement all of its own!

What impressed me with Andrae Crouch is this; he stayed true to his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ! Were there challenges? Yes! What made his Christianity believable was seen in how he endured hardship that came his way. He experienced sickness unto death, repeatedly I might add and trials of various sorts over the years. Despite it all, he kept pressing on and drawing closer to God.

I have watched several interviews where he always acknowledged and lifted up his Lord. He attributed his phenomenal talent and gift to the power of God. Being Dyslexic never stopped him! Stuttering as a child never stopped him! Pain and suffering never stopped him!

He was a humble individual who appreciated and respected the musical skills of others. He always invited skilled musicians and singers to be a part of his projects.

As I became an adult, I continued to listen to his music. There was never a time that I didn’t feel inspired and encouraged by his songs. I learned that many of those songs that became hits were testimonies of real life experiences. Take for instance the song, ‘Through It All’. He wrote that song after he was delivered from a sickness.  The doctors said that they had done all that they could for him. He was at death’s door and he cried unto God and he was delivered! It was behind that experience that the Lord inspired him to write that song.

He said that he had 18 hundred songs on file; many of which were never recorded or shared with the public. When asked about the songs that were never recorded, he said that he would sit at the piano serenading and worshipping God with them.

I will miss him because of the impact he has had on my life. His music will continue to inspire and encourage all who listen. As a preacher he was practical, down to earth and profound because he kept it real. He would always give you something to ponder and something to consider.

Andrae Crouch, a Gospel legend has been promoted to glory!

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