CONVICTION BY GOD
“When (the Holy Spirit) comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8)
Despite the fact that pain is the result of the fall of Adam and Eve, pain can be a blessing in our world today. Pain is our body’s way of revealing that something is wrong and adjustments need to be made to stop it or avoid it. If we felt no pain, we could permanently injure ourselves or even cause our own demise.
Conviction over our sins is like pain to our soul. When we experience God’s conviction, it is God’s gift to remind us of His holy standards and our need to turn from sin and back to Him. Conviction is an expression of tough love from a loving, heavenly Father who cares too much to let us destroy our lives without an attempt to redirect us.
When a person receives Christ, the Holy Spirit comes to indwell the believer and will fill us as we surrender to Him and let Him live His life through us. 1 Thessalonians 5:19 tells us not to quench the Holy Spirit and Ephesians 4:30 says not to grieve the Holy Spirit. To “quench” means to put out a flame. When we say “no” to God, we cease to be filled with the Spirit. The word “grieve” means that the Holy Spirit mourns when we say “yes” to sin and withdraws His filling from us. This doesn’t mean the Spirit abandons us—He permanently indwells us. However, “quenching” and “grieving” the Spirit does cause Him to withdraw His fullness until we respond to His conviction by turning from our sin and turning back to God.
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Application of God’s Truth
The Holy Spirit is God and God the Holy Spirit is a real person. He can be “quenched” and “grieved.” Ask God to identify how you are saying “no” to Him and “yes” to sin. Ask His forgiveness and then ask to be refilled with the Holy Spirit.