CONFIDENCE VERSUS CONVICTION
by Pam Clark
Elkanah and his two wives, Hannah and Peninnah, were all going to
Jerusalem to worship the Lord. However Peninnah persecuted Hannah
because she didn't have it "all together." At the outset of this story,
it would seem that the favor rested on Peninnah. Even Hannah's loving
husband told her to be content with what she had.
1 Sam 1:4 And whenever the time came for Elkanah to make an offering,
he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and
But inside of Hannah, she knew there was something more. While all the
tables turned against her in the natural and she was still unashamed to
cry out to God for mercy and change.
1 Sam 1:5 But to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved
Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.
1 Sam 1:6 And her rival also provoked her severely, to make her
miserable, because the Lord had closed her womb.
1 Sam 1:7 So it was, year by year...
1 Sam 1:10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord
and wept in anguish.
Even the Church did not recognize Hannah's sincerety before God. You
would think that a prophet would, but even he did not. I know the
feeling, do you? There is a prophet in the Church out there who
frequently tells me I am wrong and don't know what I am doing, that I am
outside of the will of the Lord. But that prophet is wrong! Thank God
there are many others who do not confirm that but rather the opposite.
1 Sam 1:11 Then she made a vow and said, "O Lord of hosts, if You will
indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and
not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male
child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no
razor shall come upon his head."
1 Sam 1:12 And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord,
that Eli watched her mouth.
1 Sam 1:13 Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her
voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk.
1 Sam 1:14 So Eli said to her, "How long will you be drunk? Put your
wine away from you!"
1 Sam 1:15 And Hannah answered and said, "No, my lord, I am a woman of
sorrowful spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor intoxicating drink, but
have poured out my soul before the Lord..."
What do you do when the priests tell you that you missed it, that you
are not hearing from God? Outside circumstances would appear indeed
that something is missing. Many others tell you to be content with what
you have. And you try to, but that unction rises up over and over and
bears witness within, and you cannot help but press on to what you hear
in Him. What is God trying to do?
I am here to say that God is asking for the extreme commitment from you,
just as He was of Hannah. These are perilous times and it's on the
increase. Our nation is wholesale turning away from God. Without a
word from the Most High from a faithful prophet, we will miss the
opportunity for repentance on a national scale.
Many sound the cry of "Judgment is coming!" but how many are calling for
practical righteousness like John the Baptist? John did not just
declare that the people were sinners going to hell, but that greatest of
prophets named the sins and then told the people what to do about it.
Luke 3:3 And he [John] went into all the region around the Jordan,
preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
John prepared the way for the Messiah Jesus. He prepared the way for
the Lord. Even if this was not the last of the last days, we are still
in need of practical repentance. Witchcraft, idol worship, perversions
of every type are the designer package for strong judgment. Today our
deviations are high class with great embellishments of pride.
Luke 3:4 as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the
prophet, saying: "The voice of one crying in the wilderness: 'Prepare
the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.
Luke 3:5 Every valley shall be filled And every mountain and hill
brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough
Luke 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'"
Luke 3:7 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by
him, "Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
Luke 3:8 "Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin
to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I say to you
that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
Luke 3:9 "And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees.
Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and
thrown into the fire."
Luke 3:10 So the people asked him, saying, "What shall we do then?"
Luke 3:11 He answered and said to them, "He who has two tunics, let him
give to him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise."
Luke 3:12 Then tax collectors also came to be baptized, and said to
him, "Teacher, what shall we do?"
Luke 3:13 And he said to them, "Collect no more than what is appointed
Luke 3:14 Likewise the soldiers asked him, saying, "And what shall we
do?" So he said to them, "Do not intimidate anyone or accuse falsely,
and be content with your wages."
Luke 3:15 Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in
their hearts about John, whether he was the Christ or not,
Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize you with
water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not
worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Luke 3:17 "His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly
clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but
the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire."
Luke 3:18 And with many other exhortations he preached to the people.
Some would say that our religion or our faith is wrong because God does
not want us to have anything and so the sinners should just do what they
will. How wrong that is!!! Many preach that we should be the tail and
not the head, and mainline church has compromised to such a degree of
reaching "the poor sinner" that they are indeed very rich from the
But is that the Way??? I say not. Because you can't preach
righteousness on unGodly mammon. If it comes in as a spoil, that is one
thing, but that money is not available for the first seed of righteous
conviction. No, the money spoils today are become the seeds for Babylon
and the false religion of material gain as God.
God is looking at our heart, and where our treasure is, our hearts will
be also. Lip service does not justify to a Holy God who sees hearts and
who weighs their motives. The One who has to be pleased is not our
brother, but our Maker.
We have been in such a season of rallies that we think God is moving,
but how quickly the rallies fade. We even get a few miracles for the
sincere in faith, but it is not a sustained move of change for society.
Why not? Because the hearts are not changed, the words are not
convicting as the Holy Spirit's are of sin, righteousness and judgment.
We are not convicted! We are confident.
I won't even call that confidence pride or sin. For some, it's the
reality of their heart to believe that all is well. But we are warned,
when they say peace and safety, sudden destruction comes. I am saying
that there is an alarm in the land that all is not well. There is an
alarm in the land that the established hierachy has missed.
Our job is not to just point the fingers at those at ease in Zion but to
stir up the sleeping Church. Sudden change is about to come upon us. I
wonder how prepared we are for the reality of people crying out for
We have been warned of biological warfare and seen it come to pass. We
have been warned of terrorisms and seen that come to pass. We have been
warned of much more that we have not seen come to pass, but is it
because the rallies have soothed us?
What will we do when the king dies as happened to Isaiah? What will we
do when the peg comes out of the wall that is holding up our props and
decor? What will we do when the ax is laid at the root of the
flourishing tree where we find shade and shelter? Will we keep thinking
that a program will save us?
No, like Isaiah, we will cry "Oh Lord, I am willing to go, but my lips
are unclean and I live among a rebellious house." When the tent peg
pulls out and the tent covering is down, the people will be angry until
the covering is up again. But if that peg cannot be grounded in
righteousness, the tent cover will not hold.
When a fire is sent among the people, as it was in Moses' time, will we
be able to hold up a fiery serpent on a pole to stay the plague?
Num 21:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have
you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no
food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread."
We are so comfortable today. Some judgments are coming to declare the
righteous ones. Some judgments are coming so that God can defend His
Name. If we are not in the perfect will of God, we may not be in the
most advantageous of positions. We may think we need to live next to
Aunt Sally and in Uncle Joe's rent house and work for a certain company
because today's benefits promise tomorrows future, but what if those
Num 21:6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit
the people; and many of the people of Israel died.
Num 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned,
for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the LORD
that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it
on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at
it, shall live."
Num 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so
it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze
serpent, he lived.
Our wisdom must come from God. Man's resources will never be enough to
sustain us. Our lives must have His daily presence so we can hear that
Voice giving us the directions that we need. We need His Honor! Even
the status quo Christians and prophets can fail you. I am not
guaranteeing anything but the Voice and Word of God. I can fail, even
These failures may happen by the hand of God so you will make that
extreme decision to live Life. He would that you would bear fruit that