2 Timothy 4:3- For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear…
You know that feeling..
It’s in the pit of your stomach when the preacher is preaching about something that you know God has been speaking to you about.. Its the feeling we feel when we avoid reading the bible because we know that it’s going to point out areas in our life that need to change.. It’s the feeling we feel when we listen to certain preachers who preach the word of God unapologetically and boldly.. It’s the feeling we feel when the pastor is talking about the sin of having sex outside of marriage, and our flesh wants to get up and walk out in the middle of service because “we dont wanna hear it”. Its the feeling of CONVICTION..
Naturally, we’re rebels. We don’t like being told what to do. We don’t like being told we’re wrong. We don’t like being told that we’re headed down the wrong path… Here’s some of the ways we react…
1) We feel the conviction and change also known as repentance. We throw our hands up and surrender “that thing” to God and we go in the opposite direction.
2) We feel the conviction, brag about how “convicted” we felt and than go right back to doing the same exact thing. We just FELT the conviction but we did nothing about it.
3) We attack and judge the vessel that God used to bring about conviction. You know, we accuse that preacher of being “judgmental” because they spoke the TRUTH. See the problem we have isn’t with them. The problem that we have is with God.. But we’re not bold enough to say that and so we blame “them”. If we would be honest, we’re simply upset at “them” because deep down inside, we know that they’re simply reminding us of our rebellion against God and to be truthfully honest, we don’t wanna hear it.
Lets face it. Conviction does not FEEL good. Its like this “ouch”, “that stings” feeling.. Sometimes you can even feel it in your chest.. And though it DOES NOT FEEL GOOD, it is a gift from God. Do we not realize that God loves us TOO much to NOT warn us and convict us, so that we can turn the other way and stop dabbling in whats to destructive to our souls? And yes God uses people. Don’t get mad at the messenger. They’re simply speaking the truth. Its God who we’re really gettin mad at. Its our flesh thats rising up and fighting against what we know in our spirit to be true…
I say all this to say..
We need to stop running away from the truth. We need to stop running to people and things that are just going to make us “feel good” but never challenge us to grow. We need to stop PURPOSELY seeking out watered down messages that ONLY feed our ego and not our spirit, all because “we aint trynna hear that”. Time is running out, and what we need is the unfiltered word of God to change us… So if you’re feeling convicted about anything in your life, please don’t run. Please don’t ignore it. Please don’t get angry. Surrender it. Bring it before God and ask Him to help you change. Thats the whole point of conviction.. To draw us back home to our Father.. I had to learn this in my own life..that I will never grow or mature as long as I keep running from the hard stuff. Don’t run sis. Confront it and confess it to God and He will help you..💞
John 8:31-32 You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings.And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Love yall! Xo