Trisha Sebastian with Mabel Lim and Sharon Aytona

You can be sincere with your intentions, but you could be sincerely wrong.

Intention does not show direction.

The truth is significant because it sets the course of life.
Wrong way means wrong target.
Intention does not specify the target.
Direction should be aligned with the truth so that we could get the goal.

The right direction is always the word of God.

Let us all be biblical in the way we relate with each other.
Let us follow the one who is the author of love.
He has not just commanded to love but also has modeled how to love truly.
Let us follow Jesus coz He is the one who was able to overcome and love.

The Conviction

Convictions determine conduct.

Conviction is much more than a strong belief. Conviction includes values, commitments, and motivations.
A person would argue about belief, but a conviction is something one will die for - Howard Hendricks.

Convictions direct actions and inspire us to act in certain ways.

When I first became a Christian, I usually did things just because other Christians around me advise or model them. I prayed, read the bible and attend services because I see others do it. This is alright for a new Christian since kids learn the same way, but, as a Christian grows, one must ultimately own personal reasons for doing what one does, which become one's convictions.

Biblical convictions are necessary for spiritual growth and maturity. 

It is ironic that nowadays we often have strong convictions about weak issues (sports, fashion, etc.) but have poor convictions regarding key issues such as a moral position. 

Reflect about your walk with Jesus and the convictions you believe now. Are they pale compared to major issues?

Conviction Leads to Spiritual Growth.

Without convictions, we would fall at the mercy of destiny.
If I do not decide what is necessary for me and how I will live, someone else will do. Someone without thought is like a lemming who mindlessly follows the crowd.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and accept what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Maturity is being able to think first of the consequences before we do something.

Conviction helps us to continue growing spiritually. 

Growth requires time and effort, and without a compelling reason for doing things, we would certainly be discouraged. Without a strong conviction, it would be impossible for us to proceed with a difficult task. Conviction helps us to grow spiritually.

Leaders can teach people how to pray, read the Bible, and witness. 

Even so, without imparting the corresponding convictions, people will not stick with it.
  • Knowledge - is to know what to do.
  • Perspective is why we do things.
  • Skill is how to do it.
  • They are all useless without conviction.
  • Conviction is the one that will make us do things.
People who made the greatest impact in the world, were people with the strongest, deepest convictions. They are not needfully the competent, rich, or best schooled people, but their convictions motivate them to change the world.

Developing Convictions

We all have two sets of convictions - the attitude that we publish and the one by which we operate in life. A conviction is a belief that we love or prize highly enough that we practice it in our life. There is a significant difference between our belief and conviction.
Our belief system is something that we will fight for. Our conviction is something that we will die for.
Many of us do not have friends well enough to advise us. The main problems in this culture at this time are the barriers of the wealth of individual convictions. We need to know what we are up against so that we would avoid perpetuating the failures of the past because we are truly a part of this problem.

Developing convictions is a process. 

It is a form of taking a person from dependence to interdependence. The problem is not understanding it is obedience.

The prevailing attitude of passivity is a problem.

The prevailing attitude of passivity is a problem.

We know that leaders should not be passive or dependent; nevertheless we produce them in our church. We make passive-dependent leaders, who have noble intentions, but no plan of action, because of lacking clear and certain objectives and standards.

When dealing with others, we should not intimidate them so badly, or we will just produce in them a defective conviction. We should not do all of the decisions for them instead help them understand the consequences of their choices.

You achieve that for which you intend. What is it that will give you fulfillment at the end of your life?

There is also a problem in inconsistency.

We need to realize that:
  • Our convictions are different from that of the modern society.
  • Our convictions are different from our parents.
  • Oftentimes, we have a tendency to build our convictions based on culture.
  • The Christian conviction is always biblical.
Truth will not change according to our ability to stomach it - Mary Flannery O'Connor.

Study and follow the Word of God, and cling to the truth for it will set you free!
What we believe will impact our life, decisions and future.

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