Are you convicted? Have you been accused of being a believer is Jesus Christ? Can others clearly see you are a follower of Jesus? Do they see Him in your actions and behavior? Or, are you convicted of sinful behavior? There really is no in between.

In today’s world we see so many people who want to believe they can do whatever they want. They want to believe they can set their own truth. We hear people saying that, “Perception is truth.” Perhaps in some very specific situations, but not in the vast majority and certainly not in all.

It is true that our perception can make us think that something is true—for a while. Yet, if we were to dig into the details, do a little investigation, there is a very high likelihood that we will find our initial perception was false and the truth is something different. Let’s take one example.

Let’s assume I see a husband and wife in a very animated discussion from afar. I can’t hear what they are saying, but their heads are jerking around, and they are making hand gestures as though they are trying to prove a point. My initial perception is they are having an argument. But what if I go ask them what’s going on to get to the truth? I might find that they were in complete agreement about how a teacher was treating one of their children. They might tell me they were rehearsing for a play. Then again, they may state they were, in fact, arguing.

You see, I don’t know all the information and therefore it’s very likely I don’t know the truth. I made an assumption based on limited information, which means I could be incorrect. Even if my initial assumption that they were arguing is correct, I don’t know what they were arguing about. There are numerous things a husband and wife could disagree about.

However, there is a truth we can know. When we dig into this truth, it will convict us. We will be cut to the quick and our hearts will have no recourse but to make a choice. For most people, once they learn the truth about Jesus Christ, especially when they’ve never known Him before, we see a deep conviction take place in their heart and a very strong commitment to following Him. It is those who have grown up hearing about Jesus that often take Him for granted. So, I encourage each one of you to dig into the Scriptures and really, really discover the truth.

I pray each one of us will be convicted in the truth of Jesus Christ. I pray each of us will encourage one another to seek Him out each day. I pray that we all stop making incomplete assumptions and pursue the truth. Study God’s Word. Seek God every day. Investigate to find the truth. Trust God to reveal His truth to you.

Hebrews 3:12-14 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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