Friday, August 5, 2016

Strong Convictions

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

How did you come by your convictions, by evidence or exhortation? Either way is fine; just be a Christ follower with firm, biblical convictions. In our culture, people vacillate because of conditions and circumstances. When situations change, their loyalty changes. We see that kind of thing from some politicians today.

I’m drawn to people with strong, stable, biblical convictions. I prefer that rather than wishy-washy convictions. The Scriptures are full of examples of what I’m talking about. Take Joseph; despite years of unfair treatment, he didn’t waver in his commitment to godly things. Daniel is another example; he lived by his righteous convictions in the idolatrous culture of Babylon. So did Sahdrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, his three Hebrew compatriots. 

Their convictions withstood the opinions and persuasive arguments against them. We can be like that too, as long as we are grounded in, and trust in, what God has said in the Bible. Confidence in the Word instills a courage to remain strong amid conflicts and circumstances. So whatever you do, get firmly rooted in the things of God. Strong convictions are sure to come. 

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin. Romans 14:20-23

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