There is a big difference between Conviction and Conversion in a person’s life. I want to explain the difference to you in case you may have been convicted, but never converted.
If we say that we are saved, but our life is not transformed, and we do not feel His Spirit within us or see a difference in our thoughts and behavior, we were convicted, but not converted.
Believing in our mind is not enough, because even Satan believes and trembles” (James 2:19).
There are many examples in the Bible of good people who thought they were saved, but they never had a personal relationship with Jesus. (Matthew 7:21, 25:11; Luke 6:46, 13:25).
Satanic strongholds in our life may keep us struggling with our walk with the Lord. Maybe God told you to stop doing something that grieves His Spirit, but you are still doing it. Then, you will not feel God’s presence (Psalm 32:3-5).
Possibly, you are more interested in what God can do for you, rather than what you can do for God. Your motive in believing may be to change your circumstances, but God calls us to first change our heart and obey Him (John 14:15, 23).
We cannot save our self, we need God to save us through Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary’s cross. God is not our servant, but we are His servants.
He is not the granter of our wishes or requests, we serve Him whether He gives us what we ask for or not, because He is God and He is worthy.
Sincerely pray, giving ALL of your life to God and holding nothing back for yourself:
“Lord Jesus, I do not want to live my life as a slave to myself, sin or Satan. I ask You for Your forgiveness and that You save me completely. I relinquish my sinful nature to You.
“I dedicate my life to You. I submit my life to Your Holy Spirit to live within me, to change me from the inside out and to direct me through each moment of my day. Please keep me away from anything, which might take Your place in my heart. In Jesus’ name and for Your glory. Amen.”
Though for the Day:
If we are double-minded in our prayer for salvation, and not sincere, nothing will change; we are still lost in sin for eternity. – John 3:18, 5:24; Hebrews 3:19