It’s easy to be drawn into what’s popular. Let’s be honest, the systems of this world can easily lure you in real quick. I was almost hoodwinked this week into doing something that I know God told me to refrain from.
Don’t live on what’s popular, live on principle. -Dr. Myles Munroe
Let’s dig deeper. In life, there are going to be gray areas - the places that we are not sure how to navigate through. Simultaneously, God goes silent in these moments because He is testing your faith and obedience.
I was in this area and I was torn between what to do. Although, some situations don’t yield right or wrong answers. They can yield consequences if it goes against your convictions. Here is the dilemma I was facing, if I should or should not charge for mentorship.
I wrestled with this for about two days. When finally, the Holy Spirit reminded me of what God told me this year regarding my ministry. God gave me a mandate to do ministry for free. I started adjusting my concepts for the program I was launching and that’s when God spoke.
If you take care of my people, I will take care of you. -God
Situations are going to arise to test and tempt you at the same time. Often you’ll find that you have to hold yourself accountable to stay true to what God told you privately. It’s very easy to fall into error because our natural accountability partners are not with us 24/7. But God is, and He wants to know can He trust you with the mandate.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12
Our convictions come from God and if we try to deny them, we are walking in disobedience. Yielding to the temptation of the flesh and serving the kingdom of darkness.
When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; James 1:13
My spiritual convictions keep barriers up to keep me from straying from my Christian identity and beliefs. I had to decide this week to follow Jesus and allow Him to show up in a major way. If I would have charged, I believe I would have settled for less than God’s best.
And God would have convicted my heart to get back into alignment with His word. which would have led to me repenting of my sin. I’d rather do it right the first time, then to stay in error and have to do it again.
but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:14-15
Today, I came to encourage you to identify your convictions. So you understand the assignment no matter what is opportunities are presented before you. It may be popular for others, but it doesn’t mean that’s for you. God often works in opposites, so what works for others may not work for you.
Here is what I use to stay true to my convictions:
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