Where Is Your Line Of Conviction?
Conviction: “A strong persuasion or belief”Merriam Webster Dictionary
Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about conviction, and in a recent devotional I’m doing they asked the question, “Where is your line of conviction? What areas will you not compromise on?” I’ve been struggling with how to write this because it is a very deep topic and in an effort to keep the post brief today, I’m only going to touch on a few things. First, as a follower of Jesus our convictions should be filtered through the Word. Second, as a woman, we must think about how our convictions affect the future generation because as mothers, grandmothers, and leaders we carry a certain weight of influence. What we believe gives birth to a generation of leaders or followers. The Bible says to train up a child in the way they should go, and when they are old they won’t depart from it. (Prov. 22:6) We can’t make the children of tomorrow follow God, but we can be an example they will want to follow because we are reflecting the glory of God. How do we reflect His glory? When we stand by our convictions, when we stand on the Word of God and know when to say yes and when to say no. We reflect God’s glory by being a woman of integrity and honor. This is sometimes easier said than done when the rubber meets the road, but it is something God has been teaching me the last ten or so years. I’m not perfect, but I definitely am better than I was a year or even five years ago. All through God’s Word we see the Lord telling us we should be a city on a hill, people who reflect the heart of God, and walk in the fruits of the Spirit. Let’s look further at what God’s word has to say about conviction and effectively living out our faith.
Conviction and our faith
There are many scriptures but here are just a few, I encourage you to go to the back of your concordance and look up the word conviction and study the verses you find there.
- God Comes First: Exodus 20:3
- Faith Isn’t Seen, But Unseen: Heb. 11:1
- The Bible Is Written By God Himself: 2 Tim. 3:16
- We Are New New In Jesus Through The Forgiveness Of Sin: 1 John 1:9; 2 Cor. 5:17
- Nothing Separates Us From God: Rom. 8:38-39
- Jesus Overcame Death: 1 Peter 1:21
- We Are Not Condemned/We Don’t Live In Condemnation: Rom. 8:1
- God Has A Good Plan & Purpose For Us: Jer. 29:11
Today I want you to ask yourself, “where is my line of conviction? What line am I not willing to cross?” Then over the course of the next few days write down what God shows you. After you do that, I want you to begin making steps to be a person of integrity, truth, honor, and someone who lives with conviction. When people meet you they should know where your line of conviction is. It may be something small as you don’t allow any unwholesome talk to come out of your mouth, such as cussing. Let me put it this way. When you are at work and your coworkers are sitting around the table on their lunch break sharing dirty jokes or gossiping, do they stop when you walk in the room because you choose to not participate in that? Or are you right in the midst of it? I’m not saying this to condemn you, I just want to encourage you to walk in a way that honors your heavenly Father. We should be imitators of our heavenly Father and resemble Jesus in all we do. I desire this for my life, and I hope you do as well.
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May the Lord bless and keep you today, and may His face shine upon you in all you do.