By Rev. Steve Holder
Courageous faith aligns with convictions based on Truth!
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
– Nicolas Chamfort
Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
– Thomas Carlyle
Honest conviction is my courage; the Constitution is my guide.
– Andrew Johnson
Convictions determine conduct and conduct defines character and character reveals Christianity. The same God who tells you how to get saved is the same God who tells you how to live saved. We must reach people where they are but that does not mean that we make it easy for them to stay there. Staying aligned with truth takes deliberate action. As leaders we can not afford to forget or ignore to teach the values of Jesus and allow exceptions. We cannot afford to soften the language and expectations of the cross just to build a bigger tent. We just cannot assume that people will get Jesus values by osmosis. Over time, Jesus values will fade and drift from their original position of prominence.
- Aligning with convictions based on truth means surrendering illusions-A percentage of professing Christians are “reality impaired”-refusal to face, define and align with convictional truth. It is impossible to receive spiritual results when we are misaligned to the reality of Biblical truth. The truth will make us free but only if we acknowledge it convictionally.
- Aligning with convictions based on truth produces results-better people, better partners, better relationships, better churches. Never too late to do what is right-Truth does not mean making a list of rules-truth is a core decision to align with what is right. Embrace reality and correct it. Choose conduct that is right, choose behavior that is based in the Word of God. Soon you’re unaddressed reality is going to cause a disaster and like the earthquake in Haiti, it is going to be a mess to clean up.
Jesus is calling for a life change in you! I am calling for a life change in you.