Disclaimer: When thinking through what to write this month, I felt the Lord calling me to share about building convictions. In no way do I feel prepared to talk about how to build convictions. I have relied on God’s Word and the wisdom on this topic of those around me who have gone through seasons of convictions. I feel as though I am learning about this topic as I write it. I pray that the Lord uses it to help you in this area.
Have you ever been in a situation or a conversation and thought to yourself, “How can I glorify God best in this situation?” I know I have. In this new season, as I begin to fully support myself financially and most importantly, lead myself in my Christian walk, I have started to see the true importance of building convictions in my life that allow me to have healthy limitations. “Convictions” is one of those words that can be difficult to understand if you have not studied. A friend of mine came up with a definition for a Personal Conviction that was helpful for me and I want to share it with anyone who wants to look deeper into this area.
A personal conviction is a long standing and usually costly commitment, established by the Word of God through the Spirit of God, in a certain area of your life, for the purpose of strengthening, purifying, or protecting your walk with God in order to more fully experience His love and honor Him with your life.
I think the most important thing to remember when thinking through convictions is that convictions are commitments to protect your walk with God, not a spiritual checklist. When your heart has truly been changed by the Lord, you desire to be more and more like him. By setting convictions you’re not actually limiting yourself to anything, you’re freeing yourself up to experience the love of Christ more fully.
It is long standing and a costly commitment. If you do not rely on the faith and the strength of the Lord to endure through something, it is not a conviction.
Romans 5:3-5 says,
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
For some of us, a season of building a conviction will be a time of suffering, and if it is, cling to this verse. Cling to that this will produce a hope that will not put you to shame. You have been given love from God through the Holy Spirit and that is something to suffer for.
A conviction is established by the Word of God. The Lord gave us His word that we may read it and know Him more. 2 Timothy 3:16 reminds us that God’s word is precious and Romans 12:2 tells us that we should use it to renew our minds with His word.
Why should our convictions be established on God’s word?
God’s word is the foundation of our life.
In Matthew 7:24-25, the word says,
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on the house, but it did not fall because it had been founded on the rock.”
God’s word really is the most stable thing we can build our lives on. When the “struggle is real” and it feels like you are in the middle of the storm, you may feel the strong sways of the wind and you may feel like you are drowning, but you will not fall.
I absolutely love this verse because this is a promise of blessing in the pursuit of holiness. When we set convictions, initially what we are doing is setting ourselves up to be useful to our Master to be used for good works. We cleanse ourselves of what is dishonorable to God and we will be used as a vessel for what is honorable.
Thinking through areas in which you should build convictions:
The first thing you should do is ask the Spirit to expose areas He wants to strengthen in your life right now. Once He gives you some guidance, build a few convictions, maybe just one or two, and trust the Lord to strengthen you until these convictions become established in your life.
One area I personally see the Spirit convicting me in is with how much time I spend on my phone. I have noticed recently how I am not in the “here and now” as much as I ought to be with my friends and family. In many areas in the bible, I see how important quality time is with friends and family. How spending quality time and building deeper relationships allow people to experience God more. I have set apart certain times of the day where I allow myself to scroll through social media for ten minutes. The other time, my phone is put aside and my time is spent on more relational things.
Like I said at the beginning of this article, I am growing in this area at the moment. I would love for you to share some areas you are going to be building convictions in. Let us continue to encourage each other towards affection for the Lord.