04 Feb Sermon Snap Shot February 3, 2019
All week long I’ve been reflecting on how this week’s verb, convict, is related to another word that I use more often, conviction. I guess it makes sense to say, then, that when we become convicted about something, it should lead to us displaying passion, or conviction, about it.
The doctor says to us, “I’ve known you for a long time, and I don’t know how else to say this. Either change your diet, or you may not live to see your grandkids.” So, with conviction, we change our diet.
The financial planner tells us, “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the two of you over these years, but I have to say. Either you take this Dave Ramsey course and start making changes, or you will end up filing for bankruptcy.” So, with conviction, we take the class and start working on getting our financial house in order.
Or God speaks to us – through a friend, through an experience, through a book or even through a sermon. “First, you know I love you – for heaven’s sake – I made you. But you are not on a good path. Trust me, it will only lead to heartache, great pain and potential destruction. Turn to me. Lean on me. Trust me. I will lead you through. I will never forsake you.”
And so, with conviction, we turn to God. And we learn to rely on God…and not just once. But every hour. Every day.
Lord we need you…oh, we need you
Every hour we need you
Our one defense, our righteousness
Oh God, how we need you
From Sunday, February 3 message from Ephesians 2:1-10, “G.R.A.C.E.: God’s Grace Convicts Us”
Pastor Lane Glaze
Waters Edge UMC