Responsive to Conviction
It is our natural, fallen tendency to make excuses. Our human propensity is to try to squirm out from under the weight of all those unpleasant feelings, concerning what we are doing or saying and when we are pondering something unrighteous or unholy. Because sanctification is a process, and because perfect personal holiness will not be achieved until we reach our glorified state in a resurrected body, the daily feelings of conviction will abound in our Christian lives. We will feel all varieties of large and small pangs of guilt for our less than holy words, actions and attitudes. Not only do we have a conscience given to all people for such a purpose, but as Christians we have our conscience kicked into turbo drive because of the regenerative work of the Holy Spirit, beginning at the point of our repentance and faith in Christ. More than that, God himself has invaded our lives and his holy presence will ensure that God's "hand is heavy upon us" when we fail to deal with our sin (Ps.32:3-4). How we respond to these daily pangs that are intended to drive us toward increasing holiness is obviously at the heart of spiritual growth. How can we grow spiritually and become more like Christ while failing to own up to and confess the sins that entangle our minds, words and actions? God has saved us irrespective of our holiness (Eph.2:8; Tit.3:5), but he saves us so that we might live holy lives (Tit.2:14; 1Pt.1:15). Being responsive to the Spirit's conviction is key.
-- Pastor Mike
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Someone is looking up to you for leadership. You may not think of yourself as a leader, but stop and reflect for a moment on those who rely on you. When was the last time you took deliberate action toward cultivating and nurturing your skills as a spiritual leader? Our leadership role, of course, originates with kingdom authority and ultimately we have to answer to God for how we lead. This month we are recommending a book by Oswald Sanders called Spiritual Leadership. This timeless classic delivers principles of excellence for every believer to fulfill your role as a spiritual leader.