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Daily Devotional
May 5
But after two years, Porcius Festus came into Felix’ room; and Felix, willing to shew the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound.
Acts 24:27
Felix and his wife, Drusilla, both had an opportunity to hear the Gospel, but they put off making a decision. This is not surprising. Eighty-two percent of all Christians are saved at the age of nineteen or younger. The lower the age, the higher the percentage of those who make a commitment to Jesus Christ. Why? Because a person who puts off a decision, saying,

‘I’ll think about it;
I’ll wait until later;
I want more information,’

Will find himself falling into a pattern that becomes more and more difficult to break.

He trembles when He says No to the Holy Spirit the first time.
The next time he hears the Gospel and says No, he trembles less.
The third time, it’s pretty easy to say No.
The fourth time it’s a piece of cake.

This happens not only when the Spirit is convicting unbelievers, but also when He convicts Christians. The first time we are tempted to do wrong, we tremble. The second time the temptation comes our way, it still kind of bothers us, but not as much as it did the first time. The third time bothers us a little less. And the fourth time, giving in to temptation doesn’t bother us at all.

Folks, the conscience must be guarded very carefully because it can become seared very easily (1 Timothy 4:2). In fact, not only will our conscience become seared, or desensitized, it will become evil (Hebrews 10:22), justifying wrong by whispering to us, ‘Don’t worry about what you’re doing, or the show you’re watching. That’s simply the way society is. There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s just life.’

Felix and Drusilla went from having a tender conscience — shaken when they felt the convicting work of the Spirit (Acts 24:25), to having a seared conscience — when they didn’t tremble quite so easily, to having an evil conscience — where they were only interested in making a deal monetarily. The result? Their lives were destroyed and they were damned eternally.

You might be saying, ‘What if I’m doing things which used to bother me, but don’t anymore? What if I have a seared or an evil conscience? Is there any hope for me?’

Yes. The Lord is so faithful. He comes to us over and over again, giving us opportunity to get right with Him. But in Genesis 6:3, God said, ‘My spirit shall not always strive with man. I’ll come to you. I’ll speak to you. But I’m not always going to wrestle with you.’

Therefore, if you are so graced to hear His voice in your heart speaking to you about an issue — don’t follow the folly of Felix. Respond immediately and you’ll be blessed eternally.

You really will.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store