The Power of Conviction

Genuine, helpful conviction is from the Holy Spirit, who dwells in each and every true believer in Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 3:16). Unlike self-condemnation or condemnation from the enemy, Holy Spirit conviction is not vague, but specific regarding our sin(s). Because of this, we can understand how to pray specifically and take hold of appropriate Scripture to counter condemning accusations. Conviction of truth by the Spirit helps us to change and assures us that God will keep His promises; indeed, we will be blessed when we heed Spirit-led promptings.

On the other hand, condemnation from our flesh, the world, or Satan only misleads and discourages us. It is when we experience this condemnation that we need to take up the Sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) and counter each and every disparaging lie with scripture. Furthermore, when we are rightly convicted about specific wrongdoing, a path to true repentance becomes clear and we are enabled to accurately agree with God about our sins, be forgiven, and cleansed from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Not only is restoration to joy and fruitful living made possible, it is indeed God’s graceful and loving intention as He convicts us by his Spirit (Psalm 32: 3-5).

“Godly grief over sin is the waiting room leading to repentance.”

Quote from Olan Stubbs