CONVICTED

CONVICTED

John 16:8-9 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me;

We don’t really hear much about sin anymore. I don’t think it is because people are sinning less, it may be that our spin on sin has changed. Rather than looking to God’s word as the final authority on what makes sin sin, we have taken the alternative path. Everyone just does what is right in their own eyes. Along with that we have reinvented God in our own image. He no longer judges people for their sins, after all, He is the One who made us that way. If you haven’t picked up on it, there is a bit of sarcasm in my comments. Of course The Lord hasn’t changed, it is our culture and society that has changed. R. T. Kendall addressed the role of the Holy Spirit in convicting us of our sin in his book Holy Fire. Check this out.

“He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8, ESV). Only the Holy Spirit can make us see our sin, show us the need for righteousness, and the urgency of the gospel—that there is judgment. A person cannot feel convicted of these things on his or her own. It takes the Spirit to shake us rigid.
This is true before and after our conversion. We cannot see our sin or the seriousness of unbelief before our conversion—we are all so self-righteous. It requires the Holy Spirit to make us see the painful truth—that we have grieved Him by self-righteousness and unbelief and are going to have to give an account of our lives at the judgment seat of Christ. Even after conversion we must beware of self-righteousness. This is why John said—writing to Christians, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8). It is also why it is good to pray the Lord’s Prayer daily—recalling the petition, “Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us” (Luke 11:4)”

Maybe the reason sin is never mentioned, even in church, is because the convicting power of the Holy Spirit is no where to be found. If you haven’t figured it out yet, He only comes where He is welcomed. In many cases we have been left to do our own thing without the involvement of the Holy Spirit. That is pretty scary. No wonder we have drifted so far from where we were just a few short years ago. Now, more than ever, we need the work of the Holy Spirit in our churches. He convicts of sin, convinces us of the ministry of Jesus, and He leads us into all truth. So maybe its time to welcome Him back into the church; maybe, just maybe He will usher in a new season of true repentance.

5 Replies to “CONVICTED”

  1. HALLELUJAH, HOLY SPIRIT YOU ARE WELCOME HERE 24/7 EVERY HOUR, MINUTE AND SECOND.
    THANK YOU, FATHER, JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT.
    POWERFUL, PASTOR FRANK, THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT, TRUTH IS THE TRUTH..
    THANK YOU HOLY SPIRIT, MY GUIDER, HELPER, PROTECTOR, CORRECTOR/ALL.
    HAVE AN AWESOME DAY IN OUR 3IN1, HALLELUJAH, FATHER, JESUS AND HOLY SPIRIT, GLORIOUS…:)
    WITH LOVE…. 🙂

  2. Yes we need the holyspirit in all churches! I am thankful for the conviction of the holyspirit because it brings change and he knows what is best for us! Thankful his ways are higher than ours! God bless

  3. I feel loved when the Holy Spirit convicts me & works on my wrong mind sets. He helps me change, He’s training me, investing in me and I know I’m His child. Thank You Holy Spirit!

  4. Preach it Pastor Frank! Now more than ever we need the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives; now more than ever we need to be yielded vessels following hi severy leading. When we are touched by God everything changes and we must let go of the old. 🙂

  5. Even the best laid plans of churched men and women trying to please God with their efforts, will fail to accomplish anything use full to anyone without the Holy Spirit (Helper) directing the work the entire effort. We churched people must take seriously and reverently those things that the Holy Spirit inspires us to under take. These “works” are important and holy to our God. Do you think that He would inspire you to get involved with something that was not important to Him. If you know that you have been inspired by God to involve yourself in one of His works, it will ultimately be a great success and bring glory to God (which was His plan from the beginning) as we learn how to STAY filled with the Holy Spirit. I have been in this church almost 32 years and have been apart of both successes and dead works that I would rather forget about, looking back it’s clear, God WILL ask you to get involved in His plans, He WILL equip you through His word from Pastors and Teachers, and put inside you The Holy Spirit to lead and guide you from His word. He WILL forgive your past sins and give you a clean and holy slate to begin His work. And lastly He WILL ask you to engage, but, it’s up to you.

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