Is It Conviction Or Guilt?

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Is It Conviction Or Guilt?

Post by Jarhead on Sun Feb 22 2015, 06:30

Is It Conviction Or Guilt?
Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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Q. I have a quick question.  How do we know if it is the Holy Spirit convicting us when we sin, or if it is Satan working on us to make us feel guilty and draw us away from God?

A. The answer can be determined by checking which direction you’re going.  If you’re headed toward the cross to find forgiveness, then you’re experiencing the conviction of the Holy Spirit.  If you’re running away from the cross and hiding from God then it’s Satan working on you.
Genesis 3:8-13 is a description of God’s first confrontation with sinful man.  It tells us when Adam and Eve heard God in the Garden, they hid from Him out of fear.  When God confronted them, instead of humbling themselves and confessing their sin, they both tried to blame someone else, and there’s no indication that they sought His forgiveness.  This caused a change in their relationship with God.  They were still His children, but many of the blessings they had enjoyed were no longer available (Genesis 3:16-19).  I believe things might have been a lot different for all of us if they had simply confessed and received God’s forgiveness.
James 4:6-8 describes the correct procedure for us to follow in a case like this.  First, James reminded us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Even if we think someone else is partly to blame for leading us astray, we should humble ourselves before God and confess our sin.  He told us to submit ourselves to God; to resist the devil he’ll flee from us.  Finally He said, “Come near to God and He will come near to you”.
And John said, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” ( 1 John 1:9).

This advice from James and John is meant to help us to avoid the mistake Adam and Eve made so we always stay as close to God as when He first saved us.

“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4).
 




I like Jack's application on this one.  Often when I contemplate what for me, has taken a lifetime to learn was supposed to have been passed down through the ages at the parents' knees, I wind up at Adam and Eve's situation.


They were God's creation, perfect in every way yet they failed miserably.  In the Garden, oh yeah ~ but beyond that.  To wit, their first born Cain had his own ideas.  The 'Gospel in the Stars' has been lost ~ although it must have been familiar at least past the Flood.


Even the very first lesson on blood being shed for the remission of sin (1st animal sacrifice in the Garden for the coats of skin.) is forgotten as is believing in the coming (and has come) Redeemer through Eve.


Such simple things to hold on to and pass on to one's children ~ but we, in our arrogance cannot even manage that.  Thank God that He never lets the truth die out completely and raises men and women to stand in the gap and teach others.


Sadly, mankind insists on existing as human doings rather than human beings.  The concept of faith in all things is so very elemental, simple really.  But it is so simple that we refuse to DO it.  Because of all things the only thing we are required to do, is to do nothing (simply believe and accept) it is the most foreign and objectionable to most all people.

Many can relax enough to allow the Lord accomplish our salvation, but then insist on 'doing' all else beyond that.  And, as a result, they fail miserably.

As Jack points out ~ it is avoiding the first mistake and continually choosing to let God do everything in our lives is paramount.  A very simple, yet profound concept.
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Re: Is It Conviction Or Guilt?

Post by Tryphena on Mon Feb 23 2015, 09:31

This is a perfect Bible teaching.
Certainly a keeper forever.
Thank you for posting & adding your comments.
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Re: Is It Conviction Or Guilt?

Post by Tryphosa on Sun Mar 01 2015, 20:18

Tryphena wrote:This is a perfect Bible teaching.
Certainly a keeper forever.
Thank you for posting & adding your comments.
Agreed, thanks JH!
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