Convinced But Not Converted

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I Samuel 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD,...25 Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD. 26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

I believe without a doubt King Saul was convinced he had sinned, but was never converted by what he said he believed. His behavior became increasingly more wicked throughout his life.

People often treat their health issues in the same manner. They become convinced, due to an illness, something has gone terribly wrong with their health but won’t make changes in their life style to correct the problem.

We’ve all seen those folks who are convinced they are overweight but continue eating any and everything they want. I have observed numerous people coughing uncontrollably for long periods of time and then foolishly go smoke a cigarette. The epidemic of AIDS and HIV is at an all time high in the African American community, yet sexual promiscuity is promoted in the clothing, music videos, TV, movies and magazines as if the disease does not exist. It’s obvious that so many people act like King Saul, who, being thoroughly convicted, did nothing to change his behavior. I even know of those who are convinced they have a "heart problem" but adamantly and consistently refuse to take any medication to help their condition.

We seem to live in a society where people are convinced of many things they will never put in to practice. Convinced but not converted is almost a "mantra" for today’s society in general. People will say they believe all types of things they will never put into practice. Too much effort is spent thinking about how to avoid the consequences for irresponsible behavior.

Many health conditions are preventable or can be easily treated. Being convinced you should have that breast examination and doing nothing about what you are convinced of could cost you your life or at the least, peace of mind. Refusing the medicine to control your high blood pressure may result in serious physical damage.

Let us not fall into the trap of being "convinced, but not converted". As you travel down the road of the "journey to wellness". Don’t fall in the trap of not acting on what you know regarding your health. King Saul’s disobedience was totally preventable and so are many of the issues you may be facing in your journey to good health. Fight the good fight of faith and take control of what God has given you, the divine gift of life. God will never allow you to see anything He is not ready to conquer through you and with you.

Blessings on your journey to wellness
Rev. G.W. Tyles

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