Conviction is an important aspect of our Christain faith; it is the basis of the actions we take in our walk with God. As a believer, your conviction gives you the go ahead to do things in right standing with God even if others tell you not to do those things. Conviction comes from a place of understanding because what you perceive or understand things to be will affect how you make decisions. A conviction is defined as an unshakable belief in something without need for proof or evidence. Your belief in something encourages you to act on it. Thus, as a Christian your conviction to God is something to look at.
In the early church, the believers lived in one accord and shared their possessions among themselves (Acts 4:32-35). They gave because they saw one another as a family and love was their “mantra” which can also be put as sacrificial giving. They were not forced to share their possessions but they did it out of a place of understanding the grace they had received.
However, when a believer lacks understanding of God, mistakes are bound to happen because such person begins to function from a place of following “rules” – following what others are doing rather than functioning from a place of knowing the reason for each action. This was the case of Ananias and Sapphira. They saw everyone share what they had and they also wanted to do the same which in itself was not a bad thing to do, but they lacked the understanding of why people did what they did.
The lack of understanding of other’s actions made them lie to the Holy Spirit. They saw what others did as a normal thing to do not as an expression of love for one another. If they truly understood that sharing their possessions was a form of love, the sacrificial God kind of love, then they wouldn’t have kept part of the money or they wouldn’t have even brought the money to Peter since they were not capable of loving God’s way yet.
Romans 8:14 says,
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”.
As believers, we all have the Holy Spirit in us to lead us and it is this leading by the Spirit of God in us that helps us understand the reasons for the actions we take. When you lack leading as a believer, you lack conviction because you are led by your flesh, so when it comes to doing things God’s way, you seek for proof to convince you to do what God wants.
Are you doing things based on what people sa, to look good in people’s faces? Are you doing things because you understand why you were told to do these things? Doing things God’s way seems wrong to the flesh but feels right to the one who is sensitive to the Spirit because he knows that he does not need proof for him to do things the way God wants.
I want you to search yourself and ask the Holy Spirit to expose those areas where you just follow the crowd and help you understand the reasons for the actions you do in this Christian race.
Remember, a lack of conviction leads to confusion and God is not an author of confusion. James 1:5 says,
“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him” (AMP).
You are a Christian, with a conviction and God.