I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.
When someone is convicted of a crime and sent to prison, he becomes a convict. Barring any judicial errors, a decision (conviction) has been reached that is unchangeable; the convict must serve the sentence. A conviction can also be made at the personal level. We can convict ourselves to a permanent position regarding commitments, beliefs, and values. We can become a convict for Christ when we choose to follow Him permanently and irrevocably.
Jesus was a self-determined convict—a person with immovable convictions. He refused to give in to Satan’s temptations in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). And He lived as a servant to God the Father, refusing to give up His convictions even when it resulted in His physical death (Philippians 2:6-8). Choosing one’s convictions is what Moses (Deuteronomy 30:19) and later Joshua (Joshua 24:15) offered the Israelites. And we are given that same choice (Luke 14:26-27).
Sentence yourself today to a lifelong, irrevocable conviction of faithful obedience to Christ.
It is better to die for a conviction than to live with a compromise.
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