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Series: Not a Fan
This Week: Spirit Filled
WEDNESDAY—Holy Spirit: Encourages & Convicts
Big Point: The Holy Spirit’s conviction isn’t to make us feel guilty, it is to free us!
Depending on your spiritual journey, some of you have grown up with the impression that a relationship with God is all about guilt. Therefore, when you hear words like “conviction” you are disheartened because you liken the word to a prison sentence versus an opportunity to become free from sinful bonds.
It is important, for those of us who call ourselves Christi-followers, to know that there is a huge difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the enemy of our faith, because it can affect how we approach life.
Please, let there be no confusion. The Holy Spirit works to convict us to push away from the ensnarement of sin (doing that which is wrong) and towards God in freedom. The condemning spirit of the enemy of our faith works to push us away from God in shame and condemnation, so we are more prone in hopelessness, to continue to do what we should NOT. (from marriagemissions.com)
READ…What does the Bible say?
The Holy Spirit CONVICTS us of sin
John 16:8 (New Living Translation)
8 And when he (Holy Spirit) comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
John 16:13 (New Living Translation)
13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
The Holy Spirit ENCOURAGES us
John 14:16 (New Living Translation)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
THINK…Find the answers
Read John 16:8 and John 16:13. Why did the Holy Spirit come and convict us of sin?
What is the difference between being convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit and made to feel guilt and shame for our wrong doing?
LIVE…What will you do now?
Some of you are feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit in your life—meaning that the Holy Spirit has been trying to get you to pay attention to some area of sin in your life. What are you being convicted of right now?
If you are feeling conviction, what is more difficult: ignoring the conviction of the Holy Spirit (conviction that is intended to save you from further penalty) OR continuing to walk in the painful path of sinfulness?
What does it mean to you that God provided you with the ultimate Counselor, the Holy Spirit? How does it encourage you and reduce your stress knowing that He will never leave or forsake you?
How have you been encouraged by the Holy Spirit? If you are a Christ-follower and unable to answer that question, why do you think you haven’t experienced the comfort and encouragement of the Holy Spirit?
PRAY…God, What do you want me to know & do?
One of the most difficult things in Christian life is discerning the choice between responding affirmatively to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and repenting and ignoring the conviction—and therefore, stalling ourselves spiritually. Today could be a holymoment when you can confess your sin to God, ask for forgiveness and be free.
Daily Bible Reading Commentary: 1 Samuel 26-31
26:10 “as surely as the Lord lives…” An oath usually associated with life or death matters. The sovereign God would decide when, where, and how Saul would perish, not David.
26:21 “I have sinned…” Saul confessed his sin and wrongdoing. Although Saul may have been sincere, he could not be trusted and David wisely did not accept his invitation to return with him.
26:25 “and surely triumph…” Saul recognized the certain success of David’s future as Israel’s king.
27:1 “destroyed by the hand of Saul…” In direct contrast to Saul’s word that David would prevail, David thought that Saul would ultimately kill him. This anxious thinking and fear that fell upon him explain David’s action in this chapter.
28:3 “expelled the mediums and spiritists…” By divine law, they were banned from Israel, and Israel was not to be defiled by them. Turning to them would result in God setting His face against the offender and cutting him off from among His people. Mediums and spiritists were to be put to death by stoning. Even Saul understood this.
28:7 “find me a medium…” In Saul’s desperation, he sought the very source that he had formerly removed from the land. In spite of the ban, Saul’s servant knew exactly where to find a medium.
29:5 “the David they sang about…” The fame of David had spread throughout the land. The Philistine lords were no stranger to the skill and the victories that God had given to mighty David.
30:22 “the evil men and troublemakers…” From the beginning of David’s flight from Saul, he became captain of those who were in distress, discontent and in debt, the least likely to exercise kindness and grace to others.