Or do they?
If you know my writing you already know someone does care.
On yesterday’s post we talked about walking around the block, basically doing more for God. One of the reasons we don’t do more has a lot to do with our emotions. Emotion is good. Our emotions can be the starting point to standing up for justice. But – at times, our emotions will get us into trouble especially when they’re all over the place. Our emotions will tell us to give up because we’ve done enough, even though we know we can keep going. Our emotions will make us feel like we don’t belong. Our emotions will make us believe the lie that God isn’t for us.
BUT conviction is different!
Conviction means to have a firm belief or opinion.
For example, think about your convictions regarding your favorite place to eat. Think about the appetizers you love, the main course you always get. (You never get anything different because that’s how much you love it!) Think about the dessert! WOW! It’s awesome right?
Now let’s pretend your best friend tells you that restaurant is bad and can’t believe you love eating there. What would your convictions tell you? Your conviction would be to start laughing at your friend. You have eaten the food. You love it and nothing your friend says will change your convictions about that restaurant. Am I right?
Yes, I am.
Now let’s consider your convictions about yourself.
Do you believe God’s Word that you are fearfully and wonderfully made? (See Psalm 139:14)
Do you believe God has plans to prosper your life and not to harm your life? (See Jeremiah 29:11)
Do you believe you can live for Christ through the strength He gives you? (See Philippians 4:13)
Do you believe God will fight for you like He fought for Joshua by keeping the sun still? (See Joshua:10)
Do you believe the Bible is a bunch of words to make you feel good or do you believe God’s Word as truth in your life?
Friend I am not preaching, I too must fight to believe God really has a purpose for me. I think a lot of us have this same fight. But I truly believe God’s Word is for me. My emotions will tell me otherwise, but my convictions keep me believing. My convictions keep me excited for God and wanting to share Him with others.
Having conviction that I believe God really is for me, doesn’t mean I won’t face battles. Seriously, I can write a book from just the past few months of the continued battles I face every day! But that doesn’t stop God’s purpose and love for me. Conviction for who you are doesn’t mean life will be pretty. It means you believe God is for you so who can be against you! It means you know the devil prowls around like a lion looking for whom he can devour, and you aren’t going to be the devoured one. Not today – not ever!
Your emotions will tell you no one cares, and no one is listening so just hit snooze again. You convictions tell you we have a world that needs God’s love, and prayers and no matter how many battles you face you will fight for God for this world!
Today friend will you fight for God? Will you get up? Do you believe He is calling you to share the Gospel, pray, and help those in need? Do you believe He is speaking to you right now?
Don’t let your emotions beat you today. Fight – for who God says you are. You are a difference maker in a world who needs to know that convictions for the things of God brings change! It brings change in you – and the world.
~Saleama A. Ruvalcaba, MATS
Do you know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? If not email me today and I will pray with you.