"Your personal convictions [on such matters] - exercise [them] as in God's presence, keeping them to yourself [striving only to know the truth and obey his will]. - Romans 14:22 (amp)
Romans 14:22 teaches us that we should not only be led by biblical convictions (10 commandments), but also by our personal convictions.
The other day my brother and I were discussing how, we don't understand why, we are convicted when we try to drink coffee. Doesn't this seem a little rediculous? I mean, everyone I know drinks coffee. However, the Holy Spirit always convicts me prior to pouring a nice, hot, and delicious cup of joe. He says, "Brittni, coffee is for emergency purposes only." So unless I am extremely tired with no time for a nap, I opt for tea.
This is a frustrating personal conviction that both my brother and I carry. It is frustrating because we both LOVE coffee.
When my brother asked me why we get convicted of such minor things, like coffee, I went on to explain that God is our protector. I said, "Bro, I don't know if you've seen the signs at our local coffee shops lately, but they say that coffee can cause cancer. The Holy Spirit not only knows the past and the present, but He also knows the future. So maybe, what seems minor right now (in the present) May not be so minor in the future if we do not obey our personal convictions."
I wonder what chaos could have been avoided in our lives had we simply followed our convictions. I wonder how many blessings God has been unable to release because we chose not to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
One thing I know about God is that he loves us deeply. "He knows the plans he has for us. His plans are to prosper us, not to harm us." - Jeremiah 29:11
In order for us to prosper, we must be willing to be led by our convictions. When we follow our convictions we show God, by faith, that we trust Him enough to listen to Him.
God is always speaking. The question is, are you listening? God wants to guide you into greater places than most of you have ever imagined. Will you allow God to lead you through your convictions? My prayer for all of us is that we would be sensitive to his voice and willing to listen. I believe that as we grow closer to God, and follow our convictions, our lives will become extremely impactful to those whom are around us.
Today, I challenge you to obey all of your convictions no matter how ridiculous or silly they may seem. As you practice this level of obedience, I know that God will entrust you with greater things.
You Are Loved!