22 The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin. (Romans 14).
The first consequence of sin for a believer is self-condemnation, which comes as a result of doing something “not from faith.” In the case of non-essential activities, it is not the Spirit who condemns, but a person’s own conscience for not heeding his self-doubts concerning the activity in question.
We’ve all heard the phrase, “When in doubt …” which can end with all sorts of scenario’s. It would seem for the believer that in all cases the ending should be “… stop!”—“When in doubt, stop!” We should not proceed in anything if we cannot do so in faith and with a clear conscience. Better to err in not doing something than to err by blindly proceeding without faith.
Lord, we desperately need Your Spirit’s help to guide us in everything we do, so that we can be consciously assured in our “own conviction” before You that what we are doing is in faith. Help us This Day to do everything we do “from faith” and not “in doubt.” Amen.