Conviction Is A Power, Not A Punishment

Conviction Is A Power, Not A Punishment

Conviction allows us to recognize that we need Him and where we need Him most. It's those tender wounds that only God can heal.

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Growing up I don't think I ever really understood what faith was. We went to church on Sunday and Wednesday, read bible stories before bed and prayed before meals, but I didn't know what it was like to have a real genuine deep relationship with God. I thought just praying before bed and going to church was a relationship. But it's really not. And I never really felt God's power and love to its full effect until I developed that relationship. Oh boy, when God tugs at your heart, it's something else. Having the ability to listen to where He is pulling you (and trust Him enough to actually follow) is an amazing gift.

Your relationship with God is like any other relationship (except way more important)- you can't see your boyfriend for one hour a week and expect to be super close, can you? You can't text your best friend one sentence and expect them to know your heart, can you?

The difference is with God he really already knows everything about us, but even more, he wants us to know him. And He wants us to let him in. It's so much better to hear someone tell their story first hand than to watch a two-minute preview of it.

The biggest thing I misunderstood before forming a real relationship with God was the power of conviction. I thought conviction was punishment. I thought it was telling us everything we're doing wrong and God scolding us. But it's really not. It's more of him saying "I see you, I see your struggles. Let me help you."

Conviction goes hand in hand with salvation. We live in a broken world. But we were saved and no longer have to go through life alone. Because of our salvation, we have a conviction! God shows us when we are doing wrong. But the amazing thing is that despite our imperfections, we were still chosen and loved.

"John 16:7-11 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned."

It's the moments when you show up to church and the preacher says that one thing you needed to hear and you laugh to yourself and think, "Alright God I see what you did there... why are you calling me out like that?" We really can't hide our struggles. God knows your heart and sees where you need him most. But He also wants us to see those things too.

"Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit where a person is able to see himself as God sees him: guilty, defiled, and totally unable to save himself (John 16:8)."

Conviction allows us to recognize that we need Him and where we need Him most. It's those tender wounds that only God can heal. It's when He's calling out saying "I have the answer just let me fix it". We are human, meaning we are always going to fail. Understanding the power of conviction allows us to recognize where we fail, and how to be better.

Conviction isn't punishment, it's power. It gives us the opportunity to humble ourselves and allow God to heal our hearts and work through us.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit

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1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay

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Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible

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Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit

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God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others

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We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop

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Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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