Praying your week so far has been wonderful! I wanted to talk to you guys about something that has just really started to make a strong presence in my life over the past couple months. Since you’ve become a Christian, have you ever felt that tug on your heart that maybe you shouldn’t be doing something that you’ve done your entire life and never felt “bad” or “guilty” doing? Like something in you was just telling you that God might not like it if you did it anymore? …and the thought of hurting Him just broke your heart?
I think the 1st thing that I felt a strong conviction about was music. I’ve always had very eclectic tastes when it comes to music. I grew up listening to classic rock and heavy metal. Then when I hit my teens I fell in love with NSYNC and Backstreet Boys. As I got older I started to really like hip hop and dance music.
When I became saved, my ears opened and I began to really listen to the lyrics of the music I was listening to and there were times when I physically became sick from what I was hearing. Not every song in all those genres are bad but when more than half of a song was full of swears, self serving and/or derogatory names for women…it really resonated with me that this is not the music that God would be pleased for me to be listening to…and further more, not the music He would be pleased that my children were listening to.
So I stopped. I found stations like KLove and Contemporary Christian on Pandora and I began to feel different inside. I didn’t feel guilty for listening to Hillsong or Kim Walker like I did when I listened to other “popular” artists. I love when my daughter and I can sing along together at the top of our lungs about Jesus!
There have been many other things that I have felt convicted about and once I prayed on them and listened to the Holy Spirit, I changed and immediately felt better. I’ve started to curb my potty mouth and breathe instead of blurting out what’s on my mind in the heat of the moment.
Convictions are not always stopping something but sometimes starting them. I’ve felt in my heart lately that I should start writing down the things that I’d like to pass along to my children when I think of them. I want them to see the evidence that I was always in prayer for them.
I got my daughter a frilly little bible (Thanks April!) that I’ve started leaving little notes, prayers and lessons for her in so that when she gets older she’ll have something to look through and learn from.
Sisters, we need to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit when we feel those little tugs on our hearts because God will never make you guilty of things that are not of Him. When conviction calls, it’s God softening our hearts and bringing us closer to Him. Take a few moments each day to just ask God what He would have you do to become less self and more Him. Have a wonderful and blessed weekend!
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Thank you for sharing this testimony. Conviction and repentance really does draws us closer into fellowship with GOD. ~Ivette
I have really been praying and delving into the word and it is; as you said a conviction. Life has thrown me a lot of curve balls lately and this post was just what I needed to lift my spirit back up.