Pastor Toks Oshokoya
My greatest desire prior to us partaking in communion in a little while is to help you to understand the grace of God and its connection to our living a life that is pleasing to God. We have to contend with a world that is progressively becoming more and more ungodly every day but God has ordained some over-comers to live above it!
Why Heaven and Earth?
Genesis 1: 1 Genesis 2:1, 4
Deut 10: 14 Ps 89: 11 Ps 102: 25
1Kings 8: 27 2Chron 6: 18 2Chron 2;12
Neh 9: 6 Ezra 5:11 Ps 50:4 Isa 13:13
Jer 4: 23,28 Prov 3:19 Jer 10;11-13
THE GREAT DEMAND OF HOLINESS
If there is a personal quest to be holy, especially if there is the constant interaction with the world and the Word, we often may think, “who is able to do it?”
Everywhere about us are the constant temptations that assail us. Our minds are literally assaulted at every turn with a society that has very little inclination toward anything spiritual whatsoever.
Every temptation of the devil is nothing more than an attempt to get you to fall.
James 1:13-16 KJV
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and
 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth
 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
THE RED HIEFER AND THE CONSCIENCE OF A BELIEVER
Hebrews 9:13-14 KJV For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The blood of Jesus does far more—it purges the conscience of dead works so we are able to serve a living God.
If you have been filled with the Spirit, you are a child of God and you have been set aside!
2 Corinthians 6:16-18 KJV And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [
17] Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the uncleanthing;and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
One man called the conscience the soul’s warning system.
If you have received the Holy Ghost then you have a conscience that has been super-charged.
But the way the conscience moves into this state is for the Word to dwell richly in us (Col. 3:16).
Quotes on the Conscience
J. I. Packer—There are two sorts of sick consciences, those that are not aware enough of sin and those that are not aware enough of pardon.
Anonymous—‘Let your conscience be your guide’ is only valid if God’s Word is guiding your conscience.
Elton Trueblood—It is important to cultivate an uneasy conscience. The good conscience is an invention of the devil.
J. Oswald Sanders—Every conscience needs instruction. Its delicate mechanism has been thrown off balance by the Fall. Just as a bullet will reach the bull’s-eye only if the two sights are in correct alignment, so correct moral judgments are delivered only when the conscience is correctly aligned with the Scriptures.
We can see from this how the conscience works and how important it is in our relationship with God.
· Guard your conscience!
· Strengthen your conscience!
· Protect your conscience!
· Cultivate your conscience!
Don’t let your conscience get in the condition that Paul mentioned in 1st Timothy 4:2 when he said it could be seared with a hot iron so it no longer responded.
Israel and the New Testament Church
Get the picture of Israel and the way it was set up. The tribes were all situated in a way that the Tabernacle was right in the middle. They determined to let the center of their world be their worship to God.
Admittedly they did not always live up to the standards that God set forth for them, there was still that determination of an order that was set up for them in the middle.
Look a little deeper into the book of Leviticus and over and over you will find that there were laws established to keep them from defiling themselves.
· Leviticus 11:44—Don’t defile yourselves with creeping things. · Leviticus 15:31—Don’t defile the Tabernacle.
· Leviticus 18:21—Don’t defile yourself sexually.
· Leviticus 18:21—Don’t defile yourself with an animal.
· Leviticus 18:24—Don’t defile yourself with the nations you came out of (Egypt). · Leviticus 18:28—Don’t defile the land.
· Leviticus 18:30—Don’t defile yourself with abominations.
· Leviticus 20:3—Don’t defile the sanctuary or the name of God.
The New Testament and a number of commands not to defile yourselves.
· Matthew 15:18-20—Don’t let your heart defile you. (Mark 7:15-23)
· 1 Corinthians 3:17—Don’t defile the Temple of God (the human body and mind).
· 1 Timothy 1:10—Don’t defile yourself sexually. Don’t defile yourself with false words or with false doctrine. · Jude 8—Don’t defile the flesh by resisting God-given authority.
God is a consuming fire! This was said to His people (Deuteronomy 4:24; 9:3; Hebrews 12:29), not to a bunch of sinners but rather to people who loved God with great devotion.
That God was a consuming fire was not for just a matter of judgment; it was for a matter of purifying. The closer that we get to God the more that we will feel the fire of the Spirit as it cleanses and separates and revives the souls that have been deadened by sin and corruption.
Yet this text in Hebrews 9 brings us to an Old Testament type from Numbers 19.
See how intricately the Old Testament works in tandem with the New Testament? It is imperative to get a handle of both of the Testaments so we can see how to be saved from this untoward generation.
Proverbs 4:20-23 KJV My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Matthew 15:16-20 KJV And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?  Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:  These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
Studying Numbers 19 on defilements – ceremonial
What is Eternal Life and Eternal Separation?
Whatever makes you remember your focus, stay on it and whatever affects your focus, drop it because it’s a personal journey.
Learn how to control the atmosphere around you because the atmosphere is getting very hot.
If you want to go to heaven, you must live a lifestyle of heaven here on earth.
Imagine everything you do here on earth that you can’t do in heaven and drop it.
Recreate your environment by agreeing with God.
Will you be alert to know when the spirit is saying “stop what you are doing?”
Your conscience is valid if the word of God dwells in you.
Except your conscience is in alignment with the scriptures, you can’t judge correctly.
Check your conscience daily
Guard your conscience
Strengthen your conscience
Protect your conscience
Cultivate your conscience
GOD’S EXPECTATION & DEPENDENT RESPONSIBILITY
Pastor Toks Oshokoya