Have you ever gone to church and it seemed as if the message brought forth was directly pertaining to your situation?
Have you ever thought that maybe what you shared with someone, somehow ended up in the ears of the Pastor and
he based hismessage from your situation?
He just HAD to know what was going on right? 9 times out of 10, the Lord gave the Pastor the message way before your situation became a situation; but the Spirit knew. The Holy Spirit was right there and He knew (and still knows) what’s going on in your life. He’s not ignorant. How do you think doctors, engineers, business owners, lawyers, and even yourselves, received the knowledge that you have?
“For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:6 NKJV
The Spirit’s role is to bring conviction to people regarding their sin and to bring them to faith in Jesus and faithful service to Him. But what is this conviction?
True conviction includes repentance, respect, and love for the commitment Jesus has shown to redeem us back to our Father. There was no other way, which is why He is the only way!
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 NKJV
There is also another perspective of conviction. Conviction means the feeling of being sure that what you believe or say is true. Can I tell you something? Once you experience the power of the Holy Spirit, it should not take for someone else to convince you that He is real. More importantly, you should not be easily persuaded to believe otherwise.
There are many biblical examples of conviction but there is one that is so powerful to me. I’ll make this brief but this example moves me to continue on for the sake of Jesus, come what may.
There was a man by the name of Saul. In short, Saul was angered by what he had seen and filled with murderous rage against the Christians. Before departing on his journey to Damascus, he had asked the high priest for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, asking for permission to bring any back to Jerusalem to imprison them. Then He encounters Jesus Himself on the road to Damascus. What Saul (now Paul) fought against, he now stood for. The things he did to other followers of Jesus, Paul now experienced himself (imprisonment, persecution, beatings, etc). Guess what? It did not matter. He had an encounter with his Savior. His conviction was far more greater than what he would endure because Paul knew Jesus and established a relationship with Him. Paul knew ABOUT Jesus. Then he was personally introduced TO Jesus.
Do you know Jesus or do you know about Jesus? If we truly know Him, the true love that He has for us, and the power we possess through Him, our sole existence would be to please Him because we know that Jesus, our Savior, is here for us and will take care of us.
Get to know Jesus for yourself. When we are introduced to something new, whether it be a job, a man or woman, a new phone, a new car, a new degree, we sit for hours- days on in, to learn the “ins and outs” and we are excited about it. That’s the same excitement and determination we should have in knowing who Jesus is. Our convictions should both turn us from sin and return us to our Savior.
If your convictions are not strong enough to prevent you from doing wrong, I challenge you to remove yourself from being comfortable with the emotional connection (feeling good but no word to sustain you). Begin to study and learn who God, our Father is and all that He has done to have a relationship with us, throughout history- and what has now been completed through His Son, our Brother- Jesus Christ.