Drawing a Line In the Sand

“For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”  ~ Ephesians 4:4-6 SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

As I was driving the interstate last week to meet a fellow blogging friend, I was thinking about how I was going to present this post.  After all, I am not one to present convictions because I am facing 50 pounds that have somehow found their way back on to my body.  One of my new convictions was never go back where I came from as far as my weight; and look at what has happened.  It’s good for me to sit here and be very transparent because there is something very real and freeing about being truly honest.  I am reminded of my own words of wisdom found from the Holy Spirit and that is we all are works in progress and are still living in the flesh.  Not that grace is an excuse to do wrong, but it’s motivation to do right because of what Jesus did for us on the cross to give us that grace.  Therefore, I give myself some grace and realize that I have had a difficult last year and this year is starting tough already.  I know I will overcome this weight, go back to where I was, and stay there.  I am a mere fraction of what I once was and the internal transformation that changed my outside is still there intact.  As we grow closer to God convictions become a part of our lives.  In relationships, we want to be true to one person.  Spiritually we have a desire to keep reading God’s word and pray every day.  Vocationally we want to do the best job we can and are happy where God has placed us.  These are some general ideas for convictions.  The verse shows that God is a god of convictions and we should live by convictions.  The world in general doesn’t live by convictions.  The definition of conviction is a firm belief, no clever argument; no persuasive fact could make a dent in the rightness of your position.  I would say that conviction is the honest courage to live what you believe and support.  Ephesians 4:4-6 shows us the spiritual positions or convictions we should have as part of our lives.

There is one body and Spirit.  We only have one body; we need to take care of it until God’s purpose for our life is over.  The body and Spirit are part of the one, you.  When you accept Christ in your life, the Holy Spirit becomes part of your being.  We don’t want to take our Body Temple and use it in an unworthy manner.  Nor should we not take care of that body.  You will find purpose when you are taking good care of yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and direct you.

When you take care of your Body Temple, you have a hope for a glorious future.  God’s purpose in your life can be the most exciting adventure you can ever undertake.  It can be rough and tough, but God teaches you to lean on Him and to keep your focus on the hope He has for you.

There is one Lord.  There can be only one Lord and He is Jesus.  A pastor I once knew used to say, “Either Jesus is Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all.”  Jesus doesn’t want us worshiping other idols in our lives.  Idol worship these days are things that can keep us from being focused on Jesus.  Anything that detracts from Jesus is an idol.  Is Jesus Lord of your life?

There is one faith.  One faith is not religion, but one relationship that counts and will help all relationships that you acquire in your lifetime.  The church should be unified on these spiritual convictions; if it’s not then it’s not God’s church.  Faith is putting our trust in the blood work Jesus did on the cross for us, so that we can have the ultimate relationship and that is with God our father.

There is one baptism.  No, this doesn’t mean you have to be Baptist.  There is only one type of baptism that signifies that you are His; baptism means immersion.  It’s a celebration that is publically made to show whose you are so you can become who you need to become.  When Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit came upon Him right after He came back up out of the water.  For us baptism of the Holy Spirit can come right away or later on in our Christian walk.  Baptism of the Holy Spirit is when we have a clear direction from God in our lives and changes the whole purpose for our life.

There is one God and father of all.  God is the center most conviction in our spiritual life.  He of course is the head of everything.  Paul says He is over all, in all, and living through all.  I believe the all that he is talking about is all Christians.  Not only is God over all, in all, and living through all, He loves us all.  God’s power comes from His great love.

We start with the basic spiritual convictions that God has set up.  There is one body and spirit, hope and a future, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God.  These basics of faith are what can build other convictions in our lives as we grow closer to God.  Convictions say who you are and whose you are, and what you stand for.  They draw a line in the sand that no one can cross.

© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.

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