Flexible Friday – Belated May 8 Devotions on Conviction and Trust
So Friday was one of those days…I had plans and then other people changed my plans, so I had to be flexible and do other things. Flexibility is key!
So onto what would have been Friday’s devotions. Remember, too, you can read Psalms and Proverbs to accompany each day on my page, Daily Scripture Readings. AND check out my new page, where you can have an opportunity to put compassion into action–whether through praying, sharing the linked causes, and/or donating.
“Often when we are convicted of sin, we become grouchy while God is dealing with us. Until we admit our sin, become ready to turn from it, and ask for forgiveness, we feel a pressure that squeezes out the worst we have in us. As soon as we come into agreement with God, our peace returns, and our behavior improves.
Feeling bad about ourselves or thinking that God is angry with us separates us from His presence. He doesn’t leave us, but in fear we withdraw from Him. That’s why it is so important to discern the truth and know the difference between conviction and condemnation. Remember, if you heed conviction, it lifts you up and out of sin. Condemnation only makes you feel bad about yourself.
When praying, ask regularly for God to convict you of your own sin, realizing that conviction is a blessing, not a problem.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
“Trust requires you to place your time in God’s hands, believing that His timing is perfect for all things in your life. Your human nature wants good things to happen in your life now–not later. But as you mature in the Christian life, you learn to believe for things not now, but in God’s perfect timing.
Trusting God often means not knowing how God is going to accomplish something and not knowing when He will do it. But not knowing ‘how and when’ stretches your faith and teaches you lessons in trust. Remember: Trust is not inherited; it is learned.
Timing plays an important part in learning to trust God. As you experience His faithfulness over and over, you will give up trusting yourself and place your life in His very capable hands. What a wonderful place to be!”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
-1- Well, I know this feeling – being irritable about uncomfortable truths revealed to me! This is a good difference to remember about condemnation weighing us down and conviction lifting us up.
-2- Still a difficult task, trusting God’s timing for all things! We are often so impatient…
So what are YOUR thoughts?
How do you deal with conviction vs. condemnation?
Are you able to trust in God’s timing all the time?