Embracing The Holy Spirit's Conviction
I had a good discussion with a Christian brother a few days ago. This brother was concerned about something, so he asked, “Why am I not able to do what I know God requires of me?"
Well, as your guess is right as mine, this is a tough question and there is not one answer to it. So, I didn't try to provide a direct answer.
However, I perceived the devil was trying to bring guilt on this brother, so I felt led to talk with him about the conviction of the Holy Spirit, rather than to say anything to support the condemnation from the enemy. These are some of the key issues that came up in that conversation.
- Conviction is from the Holy Spirit.
- Conviction is an Opportunity for Growth
- Listen to God, not the Devil
As long as we live in this flesh, we would encounter challenges and sometimes make errors. That’s why God, through the Holy Spirit has made conviction a good part of our Christian journey. Because the devil knows this, he tries to take advantage of these moments to bring condemnation. This is one of his schemes. As a child of God, always remember that the Holy Spirit will never condemn you. Condemnation is ALWAYS from the devil.
So, next time when you are convicted of something, see it as a good opportunity from God. Ask Him for strength to get out of it and move on. Don't bow your head in shame and don’t feel condemned. Get up on your feet and let's keep going.
I needed this message. Thank you!!
I super appreciate the reminder that condemnation is from the devil. It is an encouraging message to try again, and again after we sin. To not give up and run. We are convicted by His Holy Spirit yet I try to remember He loved us so much and He wanted to forgive us so He sent His only begotten Son as redemption. We must not overlook this beautiful gesture and gift of which it's already established that we are not worthy. I believe it takes grace on our parts to accept this gift and gesture. Which often is not easy.