Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Conviction or Preference

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

We develop conviction by evidence and argument. In our culture, most people choose to live by preference rather than conviction. Preference chooses on the basis of conditions and circumstances. Therefore, as situations change, so does loyalty.

Contrast that vacillating approach with the resolve of the great men and women of Scripture. Like…

Joseph - Despite years of unfair treatment, he never wavered in his convictions. The undeserved circumstances, however,  put him in the right place at the right time to ensure the future survival of Israel [Geneses, 50:20]. Like…

Daniel - He was ripped from his homeland to live in an idolatrous culture. Yet by standing by his convictions, he earned the trust of the Babylonian rulers [Daniel 1:19-20]. Like…

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego - They stood by their convictions, which caused the king to recognize Jehovah as the one true God [Daniel 3:29].

Godly convictions withstand the changing opinions and persuasive arguments of its opponents. The big question is, where do we get, and how do we develop, godly conviction. The answer is easier than you may think. Get grounded in Scripture and trust what God has said. Confidence in God’s Word generates courage to stand by your convictions even amid the many conflicts that enter your life. 

Rather that following your own preferences, make the right choice and stand by godly convictions. Trust God and take Him at His word. As you continue to walk in the way of the Lord, you’ll find that His promises hold true. Daily prayer and study of Scripture go a long way to help you to be firmly rooted in solid, biblical convictions.

Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7

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