Living with Conviction - Pastor George LehmanLiving with Conviction – Pastor George Lehman
"LIVING with CONVICTION" What comes to mind when you read those words?
Living with conviction may no be exactly what you believe it is? Listen prayerfully to this word.
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Living with Conviction
“When a man is known to have no unsettled convictions of his own, he can’t convict other people.” – Mark Twain
Pastor George Lehman
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV) – 14But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. 15For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.
Conviction: A strong (firmly held) belief what you know to be right and true. (Obviously based on the word of God)
If we don’t live with a real honest conviction; the result will not be this.
Ephesians 4:14 (NLT) – 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 lies so clever, they sound like the truth.
Our calling to live with conviction
Titus 1:9 (NLT) – He must have a strong belief in the trustworthy message he was taught; then he will be able to encourage others with wholesome teaching and show those who oppose it where they are wrong.
A person’s convictions have a definite impact on how he lives, on what he does, says and where he goes.
When we talk about a person with biblical convictions
We mean a person whose convictions are (derived (afgelei)) from Scripture and whose convictions affect them scripturally
Biblical conviction is really the product of three things that characterise the ideal Christian life or their maturity.
#1. A Commitment to scripture as one’s Final authority. I.e.: God’s word becomes your standard you live by
2 Timothy 3:16 (NLT) – All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
#2. The Construction of specific beliefs and convictions based on the authority of the word.
Apply the word to doctrines that don’t line up with God’s word.
#3. The Courage to act on those convictions in faith
Romans 1:16 (NIV) – For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
There are many examples in God’s word like this who let their conviction slide
2 Samuel 11:14-17 (NLT) – 14So the next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and gave it to Uriah to deliver. 15The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest. Then pull back so that he will be killed.” 16So Joab assigned Uriah to a spot close to the city wall where he knew the enemy’s strongest men were fighting. 17And when the enemy soldiers came out of the city to fight, Uriah the Hittite was killed along with several other Israelite soldiers.
When Uriah had died, David thought he was home free, but he really tried to kill the voice of conviction in his life.
1 Kings 15:5 (NLT) – For David had done what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and had obeyed the Lord’s commands throughout his life, except in the affair concerning Uriah the Hittite.
If David lived with a full Godly conviction, he would not have suffered the way he did through out his life.
If we don’t live with conviction daily, it will affect our hearing of the inner guiding of the Holy Spirit’s voice.
Jesus promised us:
John 14:26 (NLT) – But when the Father sends an Advocate as my representative-that is, the Holy Spirit- he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
The Holy Spirit directs us and guides us; how we respond to Him affects our relationship with Him.
Listen to these two verses:
1 Thessalonians 5:19 (Amp) – Do not quench [subdue or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit.
It’s when we don’t listen to the Spirit.
When we do what we know is wrong – following our Worldly desires.
As Christians we should feel conviction when we sin – It’s one of the ways the Holy Spirit guides us.
If we ignore that conviction and continue in the same sinful habit,
we will find it harder and harder to hear the Holy Spirit because we have spent so long ignoring Him.
Ephesians 4:30-32 (Amp) – 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God [but seek to please Him], by whom you were sealed and marked [branded as God’s own] for the day of redemption [the final deliverance from the consequences of sin]. 31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with ever kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. 32Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.
We can see how we can grieve the Holy Spirit
That is why it’s important to live with conviction
This is the result of not living with conviction
Conviction refers to a state of being convinced and confident that something is true. Without conviction anything goes!
A person living with conviction has a definite impact on their lives.
Revelation 3:1-3 (NIV) – To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who hold the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. 3Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.
Revelation 3:10-11 (NIV) – 10Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. 11I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Are you an inhabitant of this earth? If you are, you know how to keep yourself from the trial.
Let us live with a Clear Conviction and make a difference in a lost, dead, dark world.