Strong convictions are a product of developing a strong relationship with God. Fear is often the product of a weak relationship with God. Convictions are what allow us to stand our ground when fear tempts us to run.
I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, 8 but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the Lord my God wholeheartedly.
Caleb was whole-hearted toward God. What evidence did God see that showed Caleb’s wholeheartedness? Caleb’s actions revealed his convictions.
A great exercise to do is to write down the following:
What actions did you take this week, and what motives drove those actions?
What actions have you needed to take that have been left undone? What convictions do you need to develop in order to take that action?
Where does that conviction lead you in your walk with God?
Are you more focused on your own limitations or God’s abilities? Does God feel you don’t trust him?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB)
Sometimes conviction starts with the relationship basics:
Do you make time for God? Listen to him by reading His Word? Talk to him?
When you do talk to God, do you have honest conversations?
With your emotions, are you real with God, even when it doesn’t feel or look good?
Are you honest about your shortcomings, failures, sins and anything else that burdens you or makes you feel guilty or not want to talk to God?
Pray through a list of what you appreciate about God. Expand that list each day.
- Deuteronomy 31:6-7 (AMP)
- 2 Samuel 22:34 (AMP)