Are you convinced you can shine? I wasn’t until recently. I’m sure I was convinced at one point, but life happens, people hurt us, and sin occurs. Little by little I believed lies that I was only to shine my little light….a little.
There’s one problem with that; my light isn’t little and neither is yours.
Why aren’t we shining it with more conviction? I stumbled upon a YouTube video of Marriane Williamson. She was speaking on the difference in people who hate and people who shine. She said people who hate, hate with conviction. They don’t hold back.
The truth in those words struck me to my core. She spoke about the power of God. She said the power of God is greater than hate.
This is absolutely true, but sometimes I forget. Hate is so obvious. Hate is fueled by passion, hurt, anger, and evil.
It was this moment Holy Spirit dropped a truth bomb on me. I have NOT been shining with conviction.
Why? Because of fear. What if I’m rejected? Or annoying? What about those people who think I’m wrong? What if I am wrong? What if I slip back into controlling things or let God down? What if I screw it up again? Is it sinful to put myself out there for Jesus? Is it a thing to shine too much?
I didn’t want to manipulate my light because it felt like I was manipulating the God in me. So I held back. NEWS FLASH…I can’t manipulate God and neither can you.
He is God the Father, the Lord God Almighty, the Most High God, Lord, Jehovah, the Everlasting God, the Lord of Peace, the Lord of Host. He is God our Healer, Jehovah Raphe. He is God our Deliver, God our Hope. He is the Lord who Provides, the Lord who is There. He is the Lord our Righteousness. He is God our Redeemer. He is the Holy God, Sovereign Lord of the universe.
Phew…get’s me jacked.
He can’t be manipulated. I can’t screw this up, but I can keep quiet and still…the opposite of those who hate with conviction.
He is our God and in the powerful name of Jesus we get to SHINE. FOR. HIM.
Matthew 5: 16- In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.
Hate and pain are LOUD! Let it be that we shine so brightly with CONVICTION that those hurting, affected by hate, can see Christ in us, and be reminded of the Father God we serve and the Jesus Christ who saved us.
I realized I was shining, but it certainly wasn’t with conviction. I had been holding back because of fear of upsetting God and not shining the “right” way. I believed another lie, fueled by fear.
Most people don’t shine with conviction because they aren’t convinced they can shine. Tweet that
What are you hiding behind? Are you waiting to “get it together” or “stop sinning” before you shine? Don’t. Jesus talks about shining and doing good works, before he talks about sin and our shortcomings. Don’t wait!
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs in the kingdom of Heaven. Shine whatever part of Heaven you know. End. Of. Story. And also…. a total mic drop moment.
Where in your life TODAY can you shine with conviction? Don’t let fear, shame, or insecurities hold you back any longer.
Slam your Yes on the table for Christ Jesus and shine whatever light you have in Jesus name. Tweet that
Only you know what that looks like. Maybe it’s you buying someone groceries, or doing a random act of kindness. Maybe it’s you actually play tag today with the wee tots or call that friend that’s become distant. Maybe it’s you pray today on behalf of the broken. Maybe it’s you call that crazy girl and ask her for coffee. Crazy girls need friends too.
I don’t know what your light looks like today, but I know the evil one isn’t waiting to steal, kill, or destroy. Don’t wait to shine, spread hope, and give away the love of Jesus.
So my gloves are off! I pray from now on God gives me the strength to shine with conviction. I pray I don’t hold back. I pray I’m reminded I do life the God of the Bible and he has told me go…and shine for Him. I pray you are reminded of this today too.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Jesus and his work on the cross. Father God let us see you today. Let us feel safe in your arms today as your children who you love and delight over. God, I pray you open our eyes and ears to those around us today. Show us how to shine with conviction in a way that brings you Glory. Help us to show the world who it is we have given our lives too. Jesus, protect us and strengthen the nervous and anxious as they step out to shine for you today. I speak boldness and truth over every eye who reads this. Let it be God that we are a people who shine with conviction for your glory. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.