Yesterday’s sermon centered around the fact that many of our problems can cause a hardened conscience (Hebrews 3:7-12), or a conscience that is “past feeling” (Ephesians 4:17-19), or a conscience that has been “seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2).
Some of our problems can be caused by living in an environment where good and right or not promoted (note the contrast of Eli and his sons in 1 Samuel 2 and Timothy’s good influence received from his grandmother and mother (2 Timothy 1:1-5).
Other problems are caused when we associate ourselves with people who are bent on doing evil things (1 Corinthians 15:33). The principle of influence is found in 1 Corinthians 5:6-7; cf. Gal. 5:9; 1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:16-18.
Thank the Lord, that we can alleviate these problems, by turning our lives around (Acts 17:30-31), and rendering obedience to the soul-saving power of the gospel (Romans 6:16-18; Romans 1:16; 1 Corinthians 1:18).