Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Condemnation or Conviction?

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
 
As a born again Christian, it is important that we know that there is a difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the enemy of our soul. We must know the difference in order to walk in true freedom!

Condemnation comes from Satan and is meant to tear us down. It continually points out what a failure we are, or how badly we've messed up.

God never condemns us, but rather the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin or areas of our life that need to change. Condemnation tells us “You are a failure” but conviction says “You are forgiven”.

Here’s an example: Maybe you failed to exercise as scheduled. Condemnation would include thoughts such as: “you are a failure, you have no will power, give up, you are never going to accomplish your goal, you are worthless.”

On the other hand, convicting thoughts would be “exercise is important, according to the scriptures our bodies are temples and we need to take care of them-- start again tomorrow.”

The Holy Spirit wants the best for you and the devil wants to tear you down. We must know and recognize the difference.
 
If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. John 12:47
 

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