What are your convictions to Christ? What do I mean when I ask this question to you? One basic definition of conviction is being so thoroughly convinced that something is absolutely true that you take a stand for it regardless if the consequences. This will be the main focus I will express in this article. Are you willing to take a stand for Christ regardless of the consequences in doing so? I will give several examples in the word of God on how we may or may take in certain situations in our daily lives.
The first example is that we are to use our spiritual discernment to judge all of this world or otherwise. In 1 Corinthians 2:14-15… 14 but the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no oneNon-Christians cannot understand God, and they cannot grasp the concept that God’s Spirit lives in believers. Don’t expect most people to approve of or understand your decision to follow Christ. It all seems so silly to them. Just as a tone-deaf person cannot appreciate music, the person who rejects God cannot understand God’s beautiful message. With the lines of communication broken, he or she won’t be able to hear God is saying to him or her. Only way they can is if they confess their sins to God, repent or turn away from their sins and turn to Christ for help or salvation instead of the world.
Another example would be when our hearts may or may not condemn us. In 1 John 3:19-20 states … 19 and by this we know[a] that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all thingsMany are afraid that they don’t love others as they should. They fell guilty because they think they are not doing enough to show proper love to Christ. Their consciences bother them. John, the apostle, has these people in mind in this passage of scripture. How do we escape the gnawing accusations of our consciences? Not by ignoring them or rationalizing our behavior, but by setting our hearts on God’s love. When we feel guilty, we should remind ourselves that God knows our motives as well as our actions. His voice of assurance is stronger than the accusing voice of our conscience. If we are in Christ, Christ will not condemn us, but if we are not in Christ our conscience will condemn our hearts. So if you are living for the lord but feeling that you are not good enough, remind yourself that God is greater than your conscience.
There is another example when we should prove all things and hold fast to that which is good. Meaning in 1 Thessalonians 5:20-2120 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Test all things; hold fast what is goodWe shouldn’t make fun of those who don’t agree with what we believe (meaning despise prophecies), but we should always ‘test all things,’ checking their words against the Word of God or the bible. We are on dangerous ground if we scoff at a person who is speaking the truth. Instead we should carefully check out what people say, accepting what is true through the word of God and rejecting what is false in the word of God.
There is also the example of when we are to use wisdom and judgement to approve all things that are excellent with God. In Philippians 1:9-10 it states9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, … Often the best way to influence someone is to pray for him or her. Paul, the Apostle, prayer for the Philippians was that they would be unified in love. Their love was to result in greater knowledge of Christ and deeper insight (meaning moral discernment). Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them. As you grow in Christ’s love, your heart and mind must grow together. Is your love and insight growing? Paul prayed that Philippians believers would ‘approve the things that are excellent’, meaning that they would have the ability to differentiate between right and wrong, good and bad, vital and trivial. We ought to pray for moral discernment so we can maintain our Christian morals and values. The ‘day of Christ’ refers to the time when God will judge the world through Jesus Christ. We should live each day as though Christ could return at any moment.
Given all these examples where do you stand with Christ? What will you be willing to hold fast to regardless of the consequences. Do you shy away from a non-believer when he says you are crazy to believe in Jesus Christ? Do you have doubt your love for Christ as well as loving others such as your family or friends in Christ? Are you willing to listen to all spiritual things people might say to you and testing these spiritual thing through the word of God. Can you honestly say that you that you always try live a holy life with moral discernment knowing what is right or wrong? These are the questions you must answer for yourself. This article’s true purpose is only for you to explore God’s word to answer any or all of these questions. I submitted a video related to this article. Enjoy the video. Always remember “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I”
What do you think? (Your comments are always welcome).
Written by Kofi Baruti