Your Blind Spot (4)
Jesus said when the Holy Spirit came He would convict us of sin, but conviction is not the same as ‘getting caught’.
When we get caught doing wrong we feel pain, but it’s not necessarily conviction over sin. Often it’s just embarrassment over how others are thinking about us. If we thought no one would ever know, we wouldn’t be in pain. And conviction isn’t the same thing as fear of punishment.
Conviction is when you get a glimpse of what you’re capable of: ‘How did I become the kind of person who can lie, cheat on a test, have an affair, claim credit for what I didn’t do, act in a cowardly way instead of courageously, or use people for my own ends?’
These aren’t questions you’d normally ask yourself.
The Bible says, ‘this is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light…’ (John 3:19 NIV). When God is at work in your life, the pain isn’t about other people knowing, or even about the consequences. That’s all external.
The pain of conviction is internal—it’s over who you are. Unless your car windscreen is clean, you run the risk of ending up in a ditch and you can’t clean it yourself while you’re driving—that’s why you have windscreen wipers. Similarly, the Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal sin, let you repent of it, and cleanse you so that you can go where God wants to take you in life.
Each day you need to pray, ‘Lord, send as much light as I can stand. Clean off my windscreen so I can see more clearly. Cleanse me.’
‘May…the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you…’ Psalms 19:14 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
Ephesians 2:22; 3:13, 14-20; 4:30; 5:1-2
That you would know more & more God’s amazing love for you today! Be encouraged today for he has shown you his surpassing love! Walk in his love today! Never delay!
In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit! I ask you not to lose heart! I bow my knees before the father.
That according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his spirit in your inner being!
So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith!
That you being rooted & grounded in love may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breath & length & height & depth & to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge!
That you may be filled with all the fullness of God!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or think according to the power at work within us!
Do not grieve the holy spirit of God! Be imitators of God! Walk in love, as Christ loved us & gave himself up for us!