Day Twenty Four

What's the last thing you remember being convicted about?  Earlier in my walk with the Lord, I remember one wise pastor preach on conviction. He said something along the lines of "living without conviction is a pretty scary place to be, its dangerous to think that you somehow have arrived and do not have anything to work out with the Lord."

Growing up I always got conviction confused with condemnation. It wasn't until I grew older that someone taught me that the Holy Spirit convicts for our good and God's glory. Where the enemy condemns. Scripture clearly states that there is no longer condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). Scripture also says that God will finish the good work He started in you (Philippians 1:6). God will convict us and sanctify us as we lay down sins and walk out the holiness we were first intended to live out, ultimately refining us to reflect Christ Jesus.

We should constantly be asking the Lord to search our heart and reveal to us things that don't please Him. To cry out to God honestly like David did in the Psalms. From a position of understanding that we can't do it perfectly but a desire to know Him more and reflect Him. As we recognize how graceful He has been with us by saving us at the cross, we should long to please Him and honor Him with what He asks of us. He has already positioned us to be in right standing with Him through His Son, now we get the privilege to worship Him with our lives in response. It should be His undeserved kindness that leads us to repentance.

Kellie Martin