BELIEF vs CONVICTION. I’ve always had a very STRONG CONVICTION that I can do, anything that I want to do…or be in life. I’ve had that sense of inner strength for most my live-time. Many of us, however, have a serious problem in that we’ve not accomplished ANYTHING of consequence. It’s not a lot different than trying all of these diet plans…it works for a while, then you gain it all back. We look pretty good for a while… our clothes fit pretty good, and then…. we fall of the wagon, gain the weight back and we’re just another fat slob….again, and again. Some of us believed in the power and value of hard work, and firmly believed it was all we needed. But, for some, hard work NEVER did anything but make their peers dislike them, because we made them look bad. We come to believe that as long as we worked hard, were honest, had good work ethic, and treated everyone by the Golden Rule….that we could do anything… that it was enough. Think about it….it should work….but…it doesn’t. What is the missing link? In my own case, I found out early on that that while I believed STRONGLY in myself….. again…MYSELF. I thought that I was self-sustaining. I thought that I could do it all by myself. That’s where I went WRONG. My PROBLEM…. I left God out of the equation. I was not CONVICTED in my beliefs. I was unable to save myself…by myself. I needed to be CONVICTED by the Holy Spirit. I had to see myself as God sees me. I came to realize that I was not the BOSS, that God was the BOSS. I had become CONVICTED by the Holy Spirit. I had always thought that I controlled my destiny. I found that BELIEF and CONVICTION, have only one factor that separates one from the other. I was in charge of my belief…. And God was in charge of my CONVICTION. Once I “included God,” in my basic belief structure…I became CONVICTED. I started this process by convicting myself to FOUR distinct skills: (1) PRAYER. I started out having short conversations with God, and built up to a significant prayer life of many hours every week….not just on Sunday. I next became convicted to (2) STUDY. I studied “His Word,” and I continue to study the Bible as support in my goals. I also studied those other skill-sets necessary to obtain my goals over the aspects of my life. In other words, I became fully submerged in the mechanics of obedience. Then I decided to give back ….through (3) being as GENEROUS as I could. Not just the idea of giving money to the Church…no no…but also giving of my time to help others to achieve their CONVICTION. And finally, I realized that the ultimate Gift God gave me, was the ability to (4) EVANGELIZE….to share the Gospel with others. I had always kept my “beliefs” to myself. They were mine, and only mine. But, I came to realize, as Mark 16:14-16 tells us….Afterward He appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at the table; and He reproached them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who had seen Him after He had risen. And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. When I became convicted that I MUST “share-the-Gospel,” my life began to change, and to take on new, and sustaining, purpose. I am CONVICTION that I can and will achieve all that God has destined for me; and YOU can too. …Blessings…cjlb…8/25/14.