_ Deuteronomy 5:29 – Oh, that they would always have such a heart for me, wanting to obey my commandments. So that it may go Well with them and their children forever._
You get a heart for God by developing convictions. And you develop convictions by getting to know God’s Word.
A conviction is a belief that shapes your behavior. It’s something you believe so strongly that it determines the way you act. While an opinion is something you’ll discuss or even argue about, a conviction is something you’ll die for.
The people who’ve made the greatest change in this world—for good or bad—were those with the deepest convictions. The truth is that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.
Is it possible to know good from evil? Of course it is. Some things are absolutely right. Some things are absolutely wrong. Hebrews 5:14 says, “Solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”.
People who know truth are the ones who feast on the solid food of God’s Word. The Bible helps them know right from wrong. You don’t have to know everything that’s false. You just have to know the truth of the Bible. Then, when falsehoods come along, you’ll see that they don’t square up.
As you get to know the truth, you’ll develop a deep conviction. You’ll share God’s values and have a heart for God.
Lord thank You for Your Word which is TRUTH. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, the Revealer of all truth. Lord I yearn to share Your values and develop a heart for You. Holy Spirit of God, help me understand and accept the truths of God’s Word so I can build strong convictions on what is right and what is wrong. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.