DayBreaks for 05/18/11 – The Power of Conviction
Have you wondered why it seems so hard these days to win people to Christ? Interestingly, nearly every poll conducted among Americans on the subject of God shows that 9 out of 10 believe He is real, that heaven is real (though fewer believe in hell). Throughout the world, 32% claim to be Christians – however they define and determine that. Among Christians, many deny the reality of Satan, and a shockingly high percentage deny that the Holy Spirit exists. Stunning, isn’t it? You’d think that if such a high percentage believe in God’s existence that more people would be believers in Jesus, too, but such is not the case. Is it because we aren’t sharing the message, or is there some other cause?
Once, an archbishop approached the manager of the acting group and said, “Tell me, how is it that you actors hold the attention of your audience so vividly that you cause them to think of things imaginary as if they were real, while we of the church speak of things that are real but our congregations take them as imaginary?”
“The reason is plain,” the actor replied, “We actors speak of things imaginary as if they were real; while too many in the pulpit speak of things real as if they were imaginary.”
When Christians have decided to consciously disbelieve so much of what the Bible says about God, Jesus, the Spirit, heaven, hell, Satan, angels and demons, sin and judgment, could it just be that we’ve lost so much of our conviction for the reality of what the Word teaches that we can’t possibly convince others?
It was said of one famous old preacher, “He showed us the fires of hell, and then he swept our souls up to the gates of heaven.” When you talk about Christ, you have to believe in the transforming power of the gospel if you expect to convince anyone of its power to save. How’s your conviction?
PRAYER: Forgive us for our lack of conviction, and for the perhaps subliminal message we may have bought in to that since we’re saved, that’s all we need to worry about! Spirit, convict us again, that we may carry that conviction to the world! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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