A Man of Conviction
Posted by Pastor Szekely on June 29, 2008
Before church this morning I was reading in 1 Kings 17, and verse one is where we first read of God’s man, the prophet Elijah, on the scene before the wicked King Ahab and Jezebel. The first verse and the first words of Elijah the Tishbite are very powerful and they show to us that this man of God was truly convinced of some things…just read verse one:
“And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
What a man of conviction! Elijah was convinced that 1) God was really real– “As the LORD God of Israel liveth”; 2) He was going to give an account of his daily living to God – “before whom I stand”; and 3) God was All-Sufficient for what lie ahead – “there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”.
What a great example of what we who name the Precious Name of the Lord Jesus Christ need to be! Oh where are the people of God with conviction? Too many have opinions, but not many convictions. What’s the difference between an opinion and a conviction? Simply put:
OPINIONS – What we hold / CONVICTIONS – What hold us!
What’s holding you today? What so thoroughly convinces you that no matter what you were up against you could not deny it…in fact, you would even give yourself for it? Someone once said, “If you don’t have anything you’d be willing to die for, you may not have anything worth living for!” That sounds like being held to something more than an opinion!
Be a man or a woman of conviction. Remember Elijah, as he stood before the king and his Court, being thoroughly convinced that God was really real, that he would give an account of his life before God, and that God was All-Sufficient for what lie ahead. He was held by those beliefs.
Think of the Apostle Paul who was fully convinced, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
Be held by God and His Word. We all can have preferences and opinions, but oh how there needs to be more children of God with some firm convictions founded upon God’s Holy Word! Have the Bible build you. Too many times I hear, “Well I think that God…” and then comes some homespun philosophy. Opinions are like noses – most everybody has one! Take what God says about Himself, about Salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ, and about our daily holy living, and let it hold you. Be a person of conviction!