Fortunate Is The One Who Has Convictions

June 26, 2012

Fortunate is The One Who Has Convictions

            Convictions are strong beliefs.  Everyone has some convictions. Children soon learn that you don’t touch a hot stove.  An employee may have convictions about what he should or shouldn’t do on the job.  It’s also possible to have wrong convictions.

The main advantage to having convictions is that they give us direction in life.  James, in the Bible, speaks of the man who wavers in his beliefs.  He says that he “is like a wave of the sea driven of the wind and tossed” (James 1:6).    For those of us who don’t live close to the ocean, a better illustration might be that of an empty plastic bag thrown out in the street.  The wind of every passing car lifts it up and carries it about.  Being without convictions leaves us with little control over our lives.  We are like the plastic bag carried about by the wind.  Proverbs 25:28 says “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”  In ancient times, cities were built with a high wall around them.  They were to protect them from marauding thieves and enemy soldiers.  A city without walls was without defense.  The man without convictions can easily be tempted and deceived.  He is like the city that is broken down and without walls because he has no rule over his spirit.  He is often controlled by fleshly desires.  He does what appears to be most exciting, entertaining and with the least effort.  The result is that he invests his time and money in that which gives little or no returns.  It’s as if he is constantly riding on a roller coaster.

The man without convictions thinks he is making his own decisions, but he is deceived.  He isn’t reasoning.  He is just doing that which seems most desirable.  He thinks, “I’m going to do this because it’s entertaining or because it’s a pleasant experience.”  To the contrary, the one who has convictions makes decisions based on that which is most advisable.  He thinks about the immediate and long term results.  He also asks, “Is it right, is it honest, will others be hurt if I do this?”     The mature believer also asks, “Does the Bible prohibit it?  Is it the will of God?”

He who has convictions does what he does because he is fully convinced that it is right and to his advantage.  There are those who try to live the Christian life without their own convictions.  Their reason for doing what they do might be because they are seeking the favor of others; a friend or a rich uncle.  Being without convictions puts us at risk like a city without walls.   Sometimes there are those who attend a church because they are seeking what the church has to offer them.  They try to conform to a Christian lifestyle, but if they don’t get what they want they quickly revert back to their old ways.

A mature Christian is one who has his 0wn convictions.  As we grow in biblical knowledge we add new convictions to the basic convictions we already had.  We should have biblical convictions.  For example, if our reason for not stealing is because of the fear of being caught and punished, then it isn’t a biblical conviction.

Having biblical convictions gives direction to our live.  We make decisions based on what is right and not just because it’s a pleasing experience.  The man with biblical convictions can say with the Apostle Paul, “I press toward the mark” (Philippians 3:14) .  Having biblical convictions doesn’t mean that we can’t give due consideration to our own wellbeing.  Sometimes doing the right things demands a sacrifice on our part, but in the end we come out ahead.  Proverbs 28:20 says “A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent. “  It doesn’t all depend on us.  God intervenes on the behalf of his own.  Psalms 68:19 says “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”


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