Feeling the Holy Spirit's Conviction

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26) The Bible declares that there is only one living God, yet we learn from Scripture that He is comprised of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is equal in every way with God, the Father, and God, the Son. When we accept the sacrifice of Jesus, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell within us (1 Corinthians 3:16).The Holy Spirit is not some ghostly cloud, but He is the third person of the Trinity, with intellect and emotions, with Whom we are capable of having a personal relationship. The Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit loves us (Romans 15:30) The Holy Spirit is also our counselor and teacher (John 14:26).

The Bible tells us that the role of the Holy Spirit is to act as our guide (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit uses conviction to correct us when we are heading in the wrong direction. The feeling of conviction is hard to explain but it is a feeling of disappointment and grievance that seems to stems from a person’s core. Conviction is the Holy Spirits way of telling us we are on the wrong path. In other words, we need to change the way we do something or the direction we are going.

For the most part, conviction will often be a finite process where God shows us the mistake, then lays it upon our heart to repent and ask for forgiveness. Conviction will last until we do something about it, but I’ve found that when I submit to the solution God presents, the relief is almost instant. When we spend daily time studying the Word and praying, we can more quickly identify conviction from the Holy Spirit.
 
It’s very important to be humble and attentive when God attempts to steer us. If we ignore these gut promptings, we run the risk of having our hearts harden which will only distance us from God and lead to much greater pain. Conviction is not a burden, but a privilege. Oswald Chambers wrote, "Conviction of sin is one of the rarest things that ever strikes a man. It is the threshold of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses the conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God."

(Wayne Keller)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted

Based on Daniel's Dream and What Our Future World Looks Like on April 30th, 2016 - Watch Sermon

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