Holding Fast to Our Convictions - Charles Stanley Daily Devotion (January-23-2020). Christian convictions aren't always welcome in the world, but hanging on to them is essential for the child of God.
Hebrews 10:32-39 (32 But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,33 partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.34 For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.37 FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY.38 BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK, MY SOUL HAS NO PLEASURE IN HIM.39 But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul. )
It’s easy to hold firm to our beliefs when we’re with like-minded people in church. But if we’re among people who doubt or disagree with Christianity, we need courage to stand up for the truth of God’s Word. In these situations, we might be tempted to compromise our convictions out of fear, such as:
• Fear of Criticism. Believers standing up for God’s truth will likely get criticized by people who don’t share their beliefs.
• Fear of Rejection. If we live by our convictions or verbally share our faith, we may not be accepted by those who follow their own desires.
• Fear of Loss. Sometimes we don’t want to take a godly stand because we could lose our friends. But anyone who keeps us from obeying the Lord is not a true friend.
Sacrificing righteous standards in order to please others will keep us from the fullness of what God has planned for our life. It’s better to live for Christ and follow His commandments so we can glorify Him. As God’s people, we hold on to our convictions, no matter the consequences. Pleasing Christ is our highest priority and well worth our standing firm for Him.