The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

A Man of Conviction

Posted by Pastor Szekely on June 29, 2008

Elijah on CarmelBefore 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:

OPINIONSWhat we hold / CONVICTIONSWhat 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!

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10 Responses to “A Man of Conviction”

  1. Bro Tim said

    Bro,

    Thanks for this post. What a tremendous thought what is holding us. YOu hit it right on the head. I am concern that most Christians really do not live like they will stand before God with their life.

    Bro TIm

  2. You have a valid concern, my brother!

    Someone once said, “Do that which will bring you joy at the Judgment Seat”, but I fear that not many believers actually think on a Christian’s judgment (1 Corinthians 3), let alone the accountability they have before God.

    Thank you for clicking in and for your comments, my brother!

  3. Kate said

    This was excellent, Pastor Mike! How many of us can say that they will stand before God without hypocrisy?!!

    Kate

  4. Sis. Julie said

    Amen and Amen!!! I just did a post of my notes from a message preached at Faith Baptist Camp last week. It was about The Truth And Nothing But The Truth!! God Word is truth and it we all need to believe it and testify of it and take a stand for it!!!

    I’ll tell you one thing though….I’m sick to death of people saying “Well…God just hasn’t convicted me of that yet.” The truth is we don’t need to be convicted about some things…we only need trust it and believe it and practice it!! When God commands it….we need only obey!!

    Thank you for this post!! Awesome truth!!

  5. You’re right, Kate!

    Thanks for your comments and for clicking in!

    Lord bless

  6. Great point, sis Julie!

    There are things we just don’t need to be convicted about because it already ought to be a conviction! “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus”!!!

    I shouldn’t have to wait for a conviction to proclaim the Gospel to the lost…I shouldn’t have to wait for a conviction to be a godly father and husband…and on and on!

    Thanks for you comments, sis, and I’ll be getting over to your site real soon to read your post!

    Lord bless!

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  8. Great stuff, brother!

    I like your main points here:

    Elijah was thoroughly convinced that 1) God was really real – “As the LORD God of Israel liveth”;

    This verse comes to mind:

    Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

    2) He was going to give an account of his daily living to God – “before whom I stand”;

    Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

    and 3) God was All-Sufficient for what lie ahead – “there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word”.

    Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

    So many professing believers neglect the Old Testament – yet it is in that 3/4’s of our Bible where we see Bible doctrine and promises with shoe leather on them! The events in Elijah’s life are certainly full of accounts of God’s provision and care for His own.

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