Praise God for His conviction!
Conviction from God lets us know that He is actively working in our lives. It shows us that He cares and does indeed want to transform our lives from the inside out.
“Choose you this day whom ye will serve”(Joshua 24:15, KJV)
This piece of scripture kept coming to my mind.
I saw it everywhere on Facebook posts, a sermon, signs, and radio. It is something we have all heard and quoted a few times. One night around 2 or so, I awoke from sleep, sat straight up in the bed and quoted it. It was weighing on me but I did not understand why.
I would say I knew the scripture well but did I really?
Last night as I was going over the Sunday school lesson I felt strong conviction from God.
Our lesson was on Nehemiah 5:1-13. We’ve been in Nehemiah for several weeks now just working our way through the book.
Last week we discussed how they faced opposition from the outside as they worked to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 4, KJV) This week in chapter five we learn that they faced opposition from the inside. The Jews were taking advantage of their poorer brothers and sisters.
It got me to thinking about the church. We do face opposition from the outside and we team together to fight against the threat. But we also face opposition on the inside with each other. Division starts and the willingness to admit and repent is the farthest thing from our minds. The ungodly actions grow and the gossip spreads. And forgiveness is just a word we no longer allow in.
This is my confession!
I am guilty of causing division.
We cannot separate who we are from what we do.
Who am I?
I am a child of the One True King.
I am a daughter of the Most High God.
I am forgiven.
I am redeemed.
And I should be transformed.
What does it mean for me to separate who I am from what I do?
- If I tell others how much I love them on Sunday but talk badly about another on Monday, I am separating who I am from what I do.
- If I know someone is in need but don’t help them, I am separating who I am from what I do.
I have been upset with someone for doing something to me that I have actually done to someone else at one time.
I have seen a need and looked away and my excuse was I only have 20 dollars left until payday. But I’ll spend it on a honey bun and Pepsi a few days later.
I’ve been looking out for myself instead of others.
Conviction is a wonderful thing.
We should be able to confess and repent to one another. We should be able to forgive.
Who am I?
I am a child of the One True King – then act like it
I am a daughter of the Most High God – then act like it
I am forgiven – then act like it
I am redeemed – then act like it
Where do I go from here?
- Admit and repent
- Ask for forgiveness
- Be intentional – “Choose you this day whom ye will serve”
- Never cause division among others
- Esteem others higher than myself – serve
- There is joy in knowing the Lord Jesus Christ!