Day 11 | Stop When Convicted
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray prior for 1-minute
- Read Proverbs 4
- Stop when convicted and consider what you need to stop, start, or continue
- Pray for 4-minutes today on the subject you that convicted you using the P.A.C.T. method.
When you are done, feel free to comment below on what convicted you.
4 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
6 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
7 The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
8 Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
9 She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown.”
10 Listen, my son, accept what I say,
and the years of your life will be many.
11 I instruct you in the way of wisdom
and lead you along straight paths.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered;
when you run, you will not stumble.
13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked
or walk in the way of evildoers.
15 Avoid it, do not travel on it;
turn from it and go on your way.
16 For they cannot rest until they do evil;
they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble.
17 They eat the bread of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence.
18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun,
shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
19 But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness;
they do not know what makes them stumble.
20 My son, pay attention to what I say;
turn your ear to my words.
21 Do not let them out of your sight,
keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them
and health to one’s whole body.
23 Above all else, guard your heart,
for everything you do flows from it.
24 Keep your mouth free of perversity;
keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;
fix your gaze directly before you.
26 Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
and be steadfast in all your ways.
27 Do not turn to the right or the left;
keep your foot from evil.
Goal: Stop When Convicted
Fellas, we are now on week two and day eleven.
So let’s recap the last couple of activities about reading scripture. Two days ago, we discovered the importance of prayer prior to reading scripture as it gives way to God revealing the path, how we get off, how to get on and stay on the path. Remember the Bible is not like other books it is a living thing—it’s God’s spoken and breathed Word. Yesterday we discovered we need to identify author intent as we read scripture. Since we are not the original audience, we need to understand what the author intended to communicate. Today we are going to add another exercise to these previous two—discovering the importance of conviction in our reading.
The end goal of reading scripture is change. Change only happens when we allow the Spirit to convict. It’s one conviction, one day, and one scripture at a time. Ultimately, it’s the conviction that God is the truth and we are not. It’s the conviction that God’s way is the way, and our way is not his way. But each time we read scripture we discover small convictions regarding our beliefs, attitudes, and actions. Much of this is reactive, meaning that we are convicted of some manner of sin in the recent past. Therefore, when we read scripture daily, we give more opportunities for God’s truth to convict us and His Spirit to work on us and truth to shape us. These daily convictions lead to steps toward us becoming a more perfect reflection of Him in this life.
Therefore, every time I read scripture; I’m looking for something that convicts me. Something that God wants me to address in my life. Usually, after I have prayed, and have identified the author’s intent, God hits me with a conviction. He “speaks” to directly to me. I mostly experience this in a stray thought during a momentary reflection. It’s a stray thought that says something like this:
- “I wish I was more like that.”
- “I never should have said that yesterday.”
- “I am bothered by this [fill in the blank].”
- “I need to deal with this [fill in the blank].”
Usually, at this moment I immediately stop reading. While I impulsively want to get through the reading, I must stop. Immediately. And I just linger for a moment. Grab a scratch paper, journal, or stick note and jot down what I’m thinking. Or I just pause to reflect on what you want to stop, start, or continue.
So today here is what I want you to do. I want you to pray prior just a short prayer, try to identify author intent in your reading, and then let God’s Word convict you. When it does convict you, I want you to stop and reflect on this conviction. Don’t read forward, and don’t worry about finishing the chapter. It does not matter. Remember the point is personal change. Linger here and let it sink in. Clarify the conviction and what you need to stop, start, or continue. And then spend about 4-minutes in prayer on this topic.
When you are done, and if you feel comfortable, go public with your conviction in the comments below.
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.—Proverbs 4:18
When a man makes the right choice, it has great outcomes. One act of righteousness has a widespread impact. The unintended consequences of a righteous man are warmth, clarity, vision, and understanding that forcibly shine through their thoughts, attitudes, and actions. But here is the best part—when one right choice stacks on another, and another, it multiplies. These choices become a way of righteousness (similar to a path) and get brighter over time, and become seen by all.
DO THIS: Be remembered and leave an impact with your many righteous choices.
PRAY THIS: God, may my life be a reflection of your glory and righteousness. May it shine a bright as day, more brilliant than the darkness of all my bad choices.
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