Convictions don’t come suddenly. They take time to reinforce. We often start off thinking this way or that. We change our mind as we go along. We are influenced by what people say and society around us.

But, we cannot stay “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine.” We must become cemented in our convictions. The New Living Translation of Ephesians 14 says, “Then we will no longer be like children, forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different or because someone has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth.”

Convictions become part of us as we seek after truth and search God’s Word for understanding. Truth becomes “flesh and blood.” When Jesus came, He was “made flesh… full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). The truth was part of Him. When truth is not only “a bit of head knowledge” but part of who you are, you will not be intimidated by those who do not understand, or who ridicule you for your stand. When truth is cemented in your heart, you will not change your mind when it seems too hard to walk in your conviction.

Godly convictions, rooted in God’s Word, will stand up against all ridicule, debate, criticism, agnosticism, insurmountable difficulties, persecution and “situational ethics.”

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