In chapter 3 of the book, “Prayers that Rout Demons and Break Curses” John Eckhardt says:
“Every person is born with a conscience. The enemy must neutralize the conscience before seducing men to commit certain sins. According to Titus 1:15, the mind and conscience can be defiled. To defile means “to contaminate or make unclean.” This is obviously a reference to evil spirits operating in the conscience.
When the conscience is seared, men and women are opened to all kinds of unclean spirits and their curses and are capable of all kinds of unclean acts. For example, there are many today who no longer feel that homosexuality, lesbianism, and incest are wrong.
Belial has cauterized (deadened) the conscience to accept these things as acceptable lifestyles. When the conscience has been seared, men are capable of the vilest and most sickening acts. These is almost no limit to the depravity that men can exhibit when they are bound by the curse of a seared conscience.”
Today it seems too easy to become numb to our habitual sin. Far too many Christians can quote scripture, tithe, pray, dance and shout praises to God; but have not even a moment's conviction about habitual sexual sin, living together, having multiple sex partners, homosexuality and adulterous affairs. These are as common in the church today as they are in the world! God's word, God's character never changes. If it was sin, it IS sin and when we, as born again believers, become comfortable committing sin our consciences are becoming seared. Part of the problem is that in our minds we are deceived into believing that things are different today than they were in Biblical times. We are deceived into believing that in today's world no one can live up to Biblical standards and we get some kind of free pass for living in today's society without living by God's standards.
A seared conscience is like being out in a boat without a rudder. At first we can still see the shore, but one day we wake up, can no longer see land and have lost all sense of direction! Finding our way back seems impossible... we feel lost and overwhelmed and wonder how we EVER ended up here.
These comments aren't meant to condemn or judge, only to ask "Have you drifted too far from the shore?" Do you feel numb to habitual sin? Ask God. He will show you if you sincerely ask... and listen. Repent... turn around... go the other way... and pray for strength to never go back to the sin that so easily ensnared you. When your conscience is seared you quench the Holy Spirit within you. God is a God of restoration. Let Him restore your conscience and guide you in your daily life. The Holy Spirit will once again thrive in you and through you! Be blessed.... Arlene