From the Pastor
Pastor Mike Burns
903.567.2072 (Ext. 3002)
What is the value of developing and maintaining Christian convictions?
1. Godly convictions result in Christ like thinking and
2. Convictions acted upon can be a means for protecting our
families. It would be foolish to ignore the pressures of the world upon the
family and make no serious effort to counteract them.
3. Convictions enable us to stand alone. Peer pressure
affects all of us to some degree and comes in many forms. If we are going to
please God, we need to be able to resist negative peer pressure.
4. Convictions enable us to successfully resist temptations
from the world, the flesh and the devil and to avoid experiencing the reproofs
of life caused by the consequences of our disobedience.
5. A consistent godly example can serve as a great
encouragement to the people of God. We can’t expect people to act like Christ
without first developing the convictions of Christ.
6. It is on the basis of convictions that important
decisions should be made about how to live.
Convictions, unlike prejudices, are founded upon a thorough,
objective investigation of facts.
Where do Christian convictions come from?
Conviction describes the work of the Holy Spirit by which
the satanic blindness is lifted from men’s eyes and they are enabled to see
themselves in God’s sight—guilty of death because of sin against a holy God and
unable to save themselves. It is by conviction, brought about by the Spirit, in
our conscience, that a sinner is brought to repentance. Our convictions about
right and wrong are formed in our conscience. Everyone has convictions and a
conscience (Acts 24:16; Heb. 10:22; 1 Pet. 3:16). The Spirit convicts and
convinces. We should not confuse our conscience with the Spirit. Our
conscience helps us differentiate between right and wrong so we can develop our
convictions. If we don’t stand for something, we will most likely stand for
anything. Convictions can be positive or negative. We can have negative
convictions regarding our sin or we can have positive convictions regarding
God’s truth. If we fail to obey our conscience—what we know to be true, we
can’t grow spiritually. If we fail to obey an enlightened conscience, we can
make a ship wreck of our faith (1 Tim. 1:19).
Next Week: What is the relationship of the Holy Spirit and our
Published on Monday, September 30, 2013 @ 4:46 AM CDT