WHEN GOD CONVICTS YOUR HEART, you stop something you are doing and live your life differently. You make a change. You change because you love God and desire to follow His will for your life.
Are we all convicted in the same manner or of the same things? I don’t believe so. God knows our weaknesses and the temptations in life that draw us away from Him. He knows what demons we wrestle with and will often convict us in those areas. Sharing experiences with my new friend Lori, I was reminded how God works differently in each of our lives.
I met Lori this past weekend at a women’s retreat. We sat at the same table. Over the course of the next 24 hours, we learned a little bit about each other. When we discovered we both had auditioned for the same movie filmed in our town a couple of years ago, our excitement escalated. What became interesting to me as we shared our experience was how God used each experience to glorify Him in a different way.
We both auditioned. We both received invitations to be extras. I accepted. Lori did not.
For me, I accepted the invitation and spent an entire day on the movie set at the regional airport. I used my experience to write a devotion. A devotion that touched the lives of many people.
Lori, on the other hand, declined the invitation to be an extra. God convicted Lori and her husband early in their marriage to refrain from watching movies where God’s name was used in vain. After Lori received the invitation to be an extra, Lori asked if God’s name would be used in this manner. When she was told “yes”, she thanked the casting director for the invitation, but declined to participate. Lori lived in obedience to God’s conviction she received early in her life and was not embarrassed to share her conviction with me.
I was inspired. As Lori talked about the struggles she and her husband have finding good entertainment that does not compromise their convictions, I realized each of us are faced with choices. Choices to live in obedience to God or choices to stray from His convictions.
Sometimes our choices are not easy.
So let me ask you. What convictions are you struggling with? Has God convicted your heart to make a change? To live differently for Him?
Like Lori sharing her conviction with me, sharing your convictions with others brings glory to God and the work He has done in your life. Make a difference in someone’s life today. Share with them what God has done for you. Tell them what happened when God convicted your heart.
“Make the most of your chances to tell others the Good News. Be wise in all your contacts with them.” (Colossians 4:5, TLB)
Prayer: Dear God. Thank You for convicting our hearts. Sometimes we don’t know how damaging the choices we make can be until You tell us. When we feel Your convictions, let us change our lives and live in obedience to You. In Your precious son Jesus name I pray, Amen.
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