Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 10, 2009

the Convincer

Convincing another person of anything can be an effort in futility. Issues of incredible importance to me, often barely hit the radar screen of those in my world. How could that be when my positions are so well thought out? Reality says that I do understand diversity,  and appreciate that many come from different life perspectives. But wouldn’t the world be a better place if people saw things my (your) way. My biggest struggle is with issues of faith(which is where life really matters). Because I know that God’s Word changes lives, and that applying His truth is the key to a joyful journey, I get discouraged that there is so little passion for a fully devoted life.

In taking a hard look at a quote by Benjamin Franklin, I began to more clearly see the weakness in my thinking.

“People are best convinced by reasons they themselves discover.”
– Benjamin Franklin

I cannot transfer my relationship with Christ to another, nor can you. It is possible for others to see a brand of Christianity in my life that works, or be used to influence them on their journey. But to think that others will be convinced because they hear words like “prayer works”, “you can tithe and trust God with your money” or “give thanks in everything” is to over-inflate their importance.

Benjamin Franklin told us that most are convinced by reasons they personally discover. I have rarely had anyone debate the issue that the Bible is true, or that God is in control and will bless you if you serve Him. But life has taught me that I am not the great convincer.   So today I want to gently ask you to, “by faith” give the Bible a chance on your own. I am persuaded that you will discover that the real Convincer, the Holy Spirit, can radically bless and direct your life.

If you are a fully devoted follower: keep believing and growing!
If you are in Christ, but hurting: by faith, go to the Word and just trust it!
If you are in Christ, but drifting: commit by faith and try the Word with a new zeal!
If you are searching for answers: send us a note, and we will share His Word!

Psalm 19:7-11
The law the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; by keeping them there is great reward.

The above words are true, but don’t take it from me. The Father has a design for your life, and He can do the convincing He wants to do in your life. By faith give His Word a chance.  And don’t hesitate … start today!

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Responses

  1. I love your new blog. It is so encourageing. I especially can relate to the thoughts on “If you only knew.” So true and practical.
    Thanks, this is great and knowing you makes it even better!


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