What comes to mind when I say that?
For most people, I’d think it would look something like…
…disgust …discomfort …disliking
For some, this is the absolute worst feeling in the world. I have a toddler, which is crazy in itself. Most of the time, when I do this, the culprit is a spilled sippy-cup. I pray it’s water and not juice, sweet tea, or the worst, milk.
I think we can compare this feeling to the process of conviction. When the Holy Spirit calls to mind some unhealthy habits of ours, we may be unhappy, uncomfortable, or may simply just not like it.
We’re a habitual people. We like to get into a groove and do our own thing. When outside forces make us think about our actions, we get defensive and turned off by the possibility that there might be something wrong with us.
What’s the first thing we do when we take the dreaded step, after that internal dialogue of, “Are you kidding me?” goes through our head? We go change our socks.
Conviction should lead to change.
There are two parts to conviction and people hate them both.
We don’t like being told we’re wrong and we don’t like having to change.
Many see this as a huge inconvenience to their happy, comfortable, stable life.
To be honest, I was one of those people.
I am what one might call stubborn, so this process is especially difficult for me. However, I’m working hard on changing (that conviction thing, ya know?) some of my unhealthy habits. I’m learning the benefits that come with being called out by the Holy Spirit.
If you missed everything I said or you’re still thinking about how gross it feels to step in water with socks on, remember this:
- Conviction should lead to change.
- We are to exchange an unhealthy habit for a healthy one.
- Our new habit brings us to a closer relationship with the Father.
Although conviction is sometimes a difficult pill to swallow, it’s necessary and it only brings better things to us down the road. By putting our old selves, our old habits, and our old sin behind us, we can only be brought closer to our Creator. A closer relationship to our Creator leads to joy, peace, freedom, love, and so much more!
Let the Holy Spirit call you out on the unhealthy habits of your life. It will only bring you to fullness through Jesus and ultimate relationship with God our Father. If you want to talk more about this process, or you feel you’ve been called out on something lately and want prayer for it please contact me! I’d love to have a conversation about it!