Dictionaries usually define conviction as a fixed or strong belief. Conviction is really much more than that. Your convictions include your values, commitments, and motivations. I like the definition of conviction I once heard from the great Bible teacher Howard Hendricks: "A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will… Continue reading Convictions Determine Conduct
Every time God puts a fresh new idea in our hearts or gives us a dream, vision or new challenge for our lives, the enemy will be there to oppose us. God constantly calls us to new levels. Some seem big and important; others seem relatively small or insignificant. Whatever the case, when we reach… Continue reading The Greater the Opposition, the Greater the Opportunity
It's important to make the right choices, especially in the middle of hurt, discouragement, frustration and confusion when the right choice is the tough choice to make. When things are stressful, we naturally like to take the path of least resistance. But those are the very moments when you need to make the tougher choice.… Continue reading Making Tough Decisions
Today we've bought into this myth that love is uncontrollable, that it's something that just happens to us; it's not something we control. In fact, even the language we use implies the uncontrollability of love. We say, "I fell in love," as if love is some kind of a ditch. It's like I'm walking along… Continue reading Love Is A Choice
When you think about the future, are you hopeful? Or do you struggle with a sense of dread? People who have seen God's faithfulness in the past tend to be very hopeful about the future. They know a bad situation can turn into a wonderful testimony in a matter of minutes. On the other hand,… Continue reading Are You Hopeful?
As Christians, we should be generous people, giving whatever we can whenever we can. And that doesn't just mean money, we can give help, encouragement, time, talents and forgiveness. This means we can't let selfishness get in the way. A lot of people are stingy, clinging to what they have and afraid to give it… Continue reading Be Generous and Cheerful
God is excellent. As His representatives, we should be too. So it's important that we do our best in everything that we put our hands to. We must be motivated to do our very best in whatever we set out to accomplish. Paul urges us to "learn to...prize what is excellent and of real value."… Continue reading Do Your Best!
It's critical to keep your conscience clear because nothing will keep you from enjoying life as much as guilt. In Acts, Paul said that he pursued discipline and avoided worldly desires so that he could walk blameless and guilt-free before God. The same applies to us. Walking in the confidence of a clear conscience will… Continue reading Discernment Is the Key to a Clear Conscience
Along the way on our journey through life, we will have to make many decisions, and we will always get into trouble if we make them emotionally or according to what we think or want. God wants us to make wise decisions. I believe having wisdom is choosing to do now what we will be… Continue reading Wisdom is Calling Out to You
Indecision is a miserable state to be in and certainly is not a fruit of the simple life. The apostle James said the double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Never making a decision because you're afraid you'll make the wrong one will get you nowhere. How much time do you think we waste… Continue reading Be Decisive!