Persuade: to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince.
18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, "SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE."
19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah's womb;
20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, (P)giving glory to God,
21 and being fully assured (persuaded) that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.
22 Therefore IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Romans 4:18-21
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?...37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced (persuaded) that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-49
...for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced (persuaded) that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
I Timothy 1:12
In the middle of the night, I woke up and began to worry. What if we can't really afford this house? What if we continue to be furloughed at increasing rates? What if my car breaks down? What if my pregnancy with Ben was my one shot and I never get the chance again? What if...
And I am positive that the Holy Spirit completely intruded on these thoughts with these new ones: What if you began to trust the Lord for His lovingkindness? What if, instead of lying awake at night imagining all the scary what ifs, you began to fantasize about the amazing possibilities of His love and will? What if you stopped worrying about the bad things that might happen and started imagining all the good things that probably will happen? What if you just re-trained your brain to think on those things which are good?
I was persuaded. I was still hardly awake but began imagining all the cool things that could happen this season. What a comfort He is in the still of the night-- practical, advising me like my mom or dad would. Guiding me, patient with me, knowing me.
He is good. I am convinced, assured, and persuaded.