A toast to Day 6!!
I had a sort of busy day filled with car issues, family and friends. But I’m going to share my “car-time” talk with you. I be talking to myself sometimes. But listen, if you’ve ever had an issue sorting out the difference between guilt and conviction, here goes . . .
While I was driving around looking for tires for my car, I was thinking about all the other “problems” I had going on. And just how much I needed this tire issue to sort itself out before I lost my mind.
So I’ve been waiting and praying for particular thing and I know the method in which people have received that thing. I am not sharing exactly what I am talking about because I do not want to come off judgmental.
But I was thinking of getting myself into this thing which I didn’t really feel good about. So as I was thinking about this temptation or sin, I could clearly hear God asking “are you doing this because you do not trust me to fulfill my promises to you, or because you think I need your help?” And I was like wow God, it ain’t even like that fam, I’m just really wanting this thing and you’re kind of taking a long time. But in that moment, I was convicted. I decided I wasn’t going to fall for that temptation.
For me, conviction is when God corrects you about something. But that correction offers grace when we oblige. Conviction brings peace of mind and freedom.
As soon I was convicted. I felt the enemy saying super clearly, “what? you are going to avoid this small temptation, what about all your thousand and one sins? Do you think this little change make a difference to God, he is not even pleased with you because you haven’t fully surrendered and you still sin, this little change doesn’t matter.” The enemy was basically guilting me to run towards this temptation.
Guilt carries with it shame and requires you to hide in anxiousness.
After this little short experience in my car, I just thought to myself, this is what it means to be convicted and this is what it means to feel guilt. I know they are just words but I just want us to try separate the voice of the enemy and of God. Conviction is from God and guilt is from the enemy. People who belong to God are not meant to feel guilty. There is no shame with God and absolutely no blame. He corrects you to free you. God gives us freedom.
What is something you’ve been convicted about in your walk with Christ?