Do you ever figure out what your real guiding principles are? What are our convictions and do we have them. Convictions are those stubborn little things that we are going to follow no matter what the cost. That is really penetrating question, because we can think that we do, but our actions may tell another story. We can have red lines in the sand that we continually move so that we can avoid confrontation. We are neither hot or nor cold and just blowing in the wind. Imaging us on the water with a storm coming and we have no anchor and end up where ever the storm takes us. That could be because our beliefs were guidelines and not convictions. That can be because they are choices and options, but not convictions. The truth is that we may not have convictions, but we can develop them.
So how do we develop convictions? We start by deciding whether we are going to live by Biblical principles. If the answer is yes, that we have to go to His word and spend time and we invite the Holy Spirit to shape our beliefs. If we we ask God, to be with us you best bet believe that he will show up. He says that he stands at the door and knocks. Whomever opens the door he will come in. This we bet our faith on. That a Holy and Loving God wants a personal relationship with us. So much so, that he sent Jesus to take on human form and to die for our sins. The good news is that is rose from the grave and conquered death. Whomever believes in him shall have eternal life. That is our God who seeks to interacts with us through His Word.
As we learn of God’s instruction for us we must turn that knowledge into action. Other wise it is just Knowledge, but it is not obedience. that is calling on God to be your Savior, but not your Lord.
In Ephesians 4:14 Paul states “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lives so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of the body, the church”.
Instead Jesus give us a new way of thing. In 1 Peter 2: 9-12 ” But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into the light.
Once you had no identity as a people, now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy, now you have received God’s mercy.
Dear friends, I warn you as temporary residents and foreigners, to keep away from worldly desires that wage war on your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then if the accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world”.
As my Pastor was telling the congregation today that if you have no convictions, then start building them one at a time. Do not think that you will create 15 convictions and obey them all. The first step is to open the word of God. Ask the Holy Spirit in. If you do, then He will show up. Then the word of God is part of you. However if you do nothing with it, then it is only in your head. By obeying it, is when we follow Jesus and we have convictions that we will follow no matter what. Once you have a conviction, then is becomes easier to build on that.
The key is to press into God, listen, believe and obey. No turning back. All in. All thrusters on maximum speed. Since we are children of light, let us go In God’s speed. Let us go a light speed.