Friday, November 19, 2010

Convictions...sometimes that means standing alone

As a child we were never allowed to participate in anything that had to do with magic. At the time I never understood why...except that God felt it was important to address it in Deuteronomy 18. There's no arguing with the word of God when you have chosen to follow Him. All my friends played and pretended with all the Hocus Pocus things that go along with what some would call innocent play. How many other things do we find ourselves involved in that first started out in innocent play? an early age I learned to stand alone. This is something my mom and youth pastor worked so hard to instill in me. Something I never really made a choice to do until I made the choice to follow Jesus.

As Christians we will have strong convictions when we are truly surrendered to our saviour. Some of the convictions that I have you don't and vise versa. But where the word of God is concerned there is no arguing where we are to walk. We as Christians have gotten to the point where we are afraid to ruffle any feathers so to speak. Aren't we suppose to hold each other accountable? I'm not talking about judging...I'm talking about loving our brothers and sisters in Christ with the word of God. God's word brings the conviction and healing.

Hebrews 4:12-14 (New King James Version)
Bible verse credit
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
   14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.

I will be the first to tell you I am human...I make mistakes...I don't always listen...I don't always stand alone when needed....I am a sinner saved by God's grace.

Convictions are a tough thing we all battle. Whether it be about media,life styles, finances etc. I was part of a conversation today about the new Harry Potter movie. In that conversation the anger was about a brief  moment of nudity. You say ...No big deal ! For a Christian with is a big deal! But as I read all the comments about details about the movie I never heard anyone say...What about the witchcraft? Often I think we never really look at the whole picture of God's promptings towards our hearts. We pick and choose what things are right and wrong in one situation. If we are involved in something where parts of it are convicting....shouldn't we stop and look at the whole picture?
 If your a  Harry Potter fan...that is your choice. If your a Christian you really should read this article.
Here is the article on the here  Please understand I posted this today and hesitated. I hesitated because I didn't want to ruffle any feathers...until God said "Are you going to stand alone?"  If I truly believe God's word is true...then yes I will ruffle feathers and stand alone!

It wasn't about the innocent child's play. It was about my character and who would I become when faced with convictions. It was about God's word and becoming His. As a child my mom did look at the whole picture when she chose to instill in us the character of standing alone. Even when it wasn't the most popular road to walk she too stood there, not alone, but with Christ ! I love you mom...Thank you!

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