Fear started in the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were fearful of God after they did the one thing He warned them not to do. This was the genesis and now the core of all humanity’s fear. We all have a God-given conscience that we know we have violated over and over again. This leads to the fear of God and the fear of death because we know God is on the other side. Our guilty conscience leads us to be afraid of God. We know that of our own works we are not right with God and fear punishment or outright rejection. This despite the fact that the One we fear is the same One who has defeated the enemy called death for us, and tells us not to fear over 350 times in the Bible.
When we heed Gods advice in John 3:16, we are born again in the spirit, but our flesh is not born again and must eventually die. Our flesh, inherited from Adam still has a Sin nature and what the Bible calls an evil conscience. An evil conscience in the Bible according to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, is a conscience that is perpetually sin conscious. In other words, it is a conscience that is focused on our sin debt to God. Prior to coming to Jesus, this is a good thing designed to lead a person to seek God’s help. But after we come to Christ, if we are still perpetually sin conscious, we are demonstrating our doubt about the ability of Jesus blood to perfectly cleanse us. Any seed of doubt will be capitalized upon and exploited by Satan.
What are you more conscious of, your failures and sins or God’s forgiveness and right standing all believers have in Christ?
If we have an evil conscience focused on our sin debt, we will live in a conscious or unconscious fear of God and find it very difficult to be close to our Father, which is the opposite of what He desires. As the genesis of all fear, this fear can manifest in many negative ways. In our health, anxiety, fear that appears to have no reason, depression, a troubled heart, uneasy, fear of lack and other ways. Fear often leads to sin. For example, if a person has a fear of lack, they may lie or steal in an attempt to take care of themselves.
The key to overcoming an evil conscience is to rightly divide and then believe God’s Word that applies to us. To rightly divide means only to apply the scripture that pertains to a born-again believer.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Tim 2:15 KJV
A Christians primary focus should be on the New Covenant Jesus shed His blood to bring us – Luke 22:20. The New Covenant is best explained in the book of Hebrews and in Bible studies focused on the New Covenant.
In the following verses, it tells us that our hearts have been sprinkled from an evil conscience. In the Old Testament, after a lamb was killed, the blood was sprinkled on the person to show that their sins had been forgiven. It was similar to the blood the Jews placed on the doorpost to prevent the angel of death from taking their firstborn in Egypt during the Passover. When a person accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior, God sees them as being sprinkled with the blood of Christ as a sign that they are forgiven of all sin – past, present and future. They are seen as right with God, righteous. We are NOT to hold fast to our sin debt, we are to hold fast to our hope, Jesus.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope (Jesus) without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Heb 10:19-25 NASB
The Bible tells us to be renewed in the spirit of our mind. We are a new creation in Christ, created in righteousness, holiness, and truth. God sees you as righteous,and holy in Christ.
and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Eph 4:23-24 NASB
When a person renews their minds and believes the truth that Jesus sacrifice worked completely, taking care of all of their sins, they will freely enter the holy of holies in their time of need to be close to their heavenly Father. This is where we are safe and protected and exactly where your Father wants you.
In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God's presence with boldness and confidence. Eph 3:12 BSB
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Heb 4:16 NASB
Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. 2 Cor 3:4 NASB
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, Heb 10:19 NASB
The only one who wants you to have an evil conscience focused on your sin debt, is Satan. He wants to keep you separated from your Father and does so by creating doubt about your righteousness in Christ. He does this primarily by deceiving believers into thinking they are still under the law of Moses when in truth we are under grace and not the law. The law creates sin consciousness and separation from our Father.
For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Rom 6:14 NASB
The truth is that Jesus sacrifice worked Christian. Your sins have been totally forgiven and you are now standing in grace where your sins are not counted or remembered by God. Jesus blood washed you completely clean, it is finished and you are right with your heavenly Father.
through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God Rom 5:2 NASB
"FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR INIQUITIES, AND I WILL REMEMBER THEIR SINS NO MORE." Heb 8:12 NASB
God leads by example. He forgets our sins for His own sake.
"I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins. Isa 43:25 NASB
Since God is not counting or remembering your sins, he wants you to do likewise. Forget your sins for your own sake.
For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. Heb 10:2 KJV
How to Rid Yourself of an Evil Conscience and Leave Fear in the Past
You rid yourself of sin consciousness in your thoughts, the same way you get a song out of your head. To get a song out of your head, you think of a new song. To rid yourself of an evil conscience focused on your sin debt, you focus exclusively on your righteousness in Christ. Always focus on the solution and not the problem, renew your mind to God’s truth and your life will be transformed. You are righteous in Christ!
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Cor: 5:21 NASB
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isa 54:17 KJV
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:2
When the Bible tells us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, people misunderstand and have a hard time controlling their thoughts. The easy way is to replace your thoughts with the new song we should be singing. We are to captivate our mind with Jesus finished work on the cross.
Many more New Covenant Bible Studies HERE. Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20