Convictions..

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Conviction: Definitions

1 a formal declaration that someone is guilty of a criminal offense, made by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law.

2 a firmly held belief or opinion.

 

When I first learned of convictions, it was confusing. Because the world says one thing, and the Bible reads in a different way.  After looking at different verses, I think 1 Thessalonians 1 talks good about some too. But I also found:

Romans 14:22 [Full Chapter]

So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves.
See I always thought that if someone had a “conviction” it meant that we all had to share in it, we all had to follow it.  If you read the whole chapter of Romans 14, they go other what the Bible says about this matter.
But those two definitions… I think they go hand in hand really. If we are true Believers of Christ then we admit that we have sinned (guilty of a criminal offense), and know that we need a Savior.  Our sins give us a light to our convictions. If we had/have a problem with drinking then our conviction may look like not going to bars, or being around alcohol.
So when i posted yesterday about this with music, I’m convicted to not listen to certain kinds of music, does that mean others can’t listen to it? Nope, it means “I” can not listen to it.
Convictions are God’s way to talk to us about how to go about changing our lives from the sinful old way, to the new peace filled wonderful life. We all seem to forget that we’re all broken, we all have a path to follow, it’s up to us and God what it looks like.
I’ll use myself as an example again, here are some of my “convictions” or “sins” i need to stay away from:
  1.  Social Media (i get so jealous, envious, and so on if I’m on there. This posts my blog but otherwise i’ve cut out social media)
  2. Secular and Country Music (i struggle with depression, for me these do not help with that)
  3. Sexy rated R Movies (i struggle with lust, watching these are not a good idea for me)
  4. Alcohol and Smoking (yep used to do both, i started drinking again, i realized this was very bad and making all the other issues way worse, I personally have to just stay away)

These are just a few…. and they can change too, maybe we don’t need that guardrail any more? That’s awesome!  I don’t like saying no to these things, but I also know that if I do that God is going to hold me up and say “Good for you!” This things here also show me how much I still have to work on and I’m so glad I have my recovery group to be there and help me through it all!

 

Convictions don’t have to be scary, they don’t have to be bashed over heads. They are there for those of us that want to truly better ourselves.

What are your thoughts on it? Do you have some?

Anyways, praying for you dear readers!

Frog

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2 thoughts on “Convictions..

  1. Juanita M Moore April 15, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Monica, you have expressed this well! Good for you. Didn’t realize you have a talent for presenting ideas clearly. Thanks!

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  2. Sheila Musser September 14, 2018 / 4:11 am

    Absolutely awesome Monica! ❤️

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