Conviction. We all deal with it. When we've just worked out really hard but still choose to grab a burger and fries on the way home from the gym. Or when we spend just a little bit more than what we budgeted for a day at the mall. And especially when we don't take the time to delve deeper into The Word, we feel the tightening of conviction on our hearts and souls.
The dictionary defines convicted as
verb (used with object)
1. to prove or declare guilty of an offense, especially after a legal trial
2. to impress with a sense of guilt
As of lately, I've been experiencing a mix of complacency, laziness, and even a bit of eagerness. I like to tell myself that I'm so consumed with studying for the GMAT and finishing up my application packets to send off in June. But in all actuality, I have more time on my hands now than ever before. And because of that, I know I should be spending it with The Lord. But as of lately, I'm feeling really convicted since I'm not. Of course I pray first thing in the morning, and read my daily bible verses, but I really feel like I need more one-on-one time with The Lord, if you know what I mean. I need to be able to hear Him instead of asking Him for so much.
I recently read Isaiah 53. It describes Jesus' crucifixion and in a way explains how us simple-minded people saw the process and reveals The Lord's exact plans. I was really feeling some type of way when I read verses 7 & 8. Jesus didn't make a single noise -- no whimpering, whining, or protesting -- when He was lead to the cross. That really says a lot! It really got me thinking about how I've been treating my savior as of recently. I've been so consumed with finding other things to fill my time instead of feasting on The Word. I mean, my savior suffered miserably on the cross for me! The least I could do is take a few more praise breaks throughout the day to honor Him!
So yes, I've been feeling extremely convicted as of lately. But because I've asked for forgiveness-- and most importantly, accepted it, I can take each and every new day I'm blessed with to glorify and praise Him. Just remember John 3:30, "He must become greater; I must become less."
Take some time out to recalibrate what's going on in your life and give The Lord the praise he deserves. You'll feel all the better.
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