Topic: The Conviction of the Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer.
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:37 (NKJV)
And when he comes, he will convince the world of sin, of justice and of judgment. Of sin, because you do not believe in me;
John 16: 8-9 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 2:37 (MSG) Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?”
John 16: 8-9 The Message (MSG) “When he comes, he’ll expose the error of the godless world’s view of sin, righteousness, and judgment: He’ll show them that their refusal to believe in me is their basic sin;
The work of the Holy Spirit is very evident in the life of humanity, which is lost and full of disbelief. Without His work in the hearts of unbelievers, it would not be possible for mankind to come to salvation in Christ! The Bible makes it very clear that is the Holy Spirit who convicts and convinces the world of their sins of unbelief so that they come to repentance. The Holly Spirit’s job is to work in the hearts of men; this is so important that Jesus told the disciples in the previous verse, “but I tell you the truth: It is better for you that I go; because if I do not leave, the Comforter would not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. “
Today in the same way the Holy Spirit works in the heart of man, his task is to bring conviction of sin! His work is to reprove the hearts of men so that they may come to repentance and salvation. But it is important to understand that this work of conviction continues in the believer’s life after salvation. The Holy Spirit continues to deal with sin in the life of the believer, bringing sin to light so that we come to repentance! His job is to bring conviction to our lives so that we can confess our sin and receive forgiveness. In 1 John 1: 8-9 he tells us, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This morning it is important to allow the Holy Spirit to scrutinize and teach us the sin that is in our lives. Sometimes we may be living with areas of darkness in our lives, and as a result we do not experience the fullness of the Spirit! It is through the light of the Word of God that the Holy Spirit often deals with us, bringing our attention to sin in our lives. In 2 Timothy 3:16 it tells us, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, “On this day pray that we may always be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, may we never fall into the error of hardening our hearts and remaining in our sin.
Zechariah 12:10 (NKJV) – 10 “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
John 8: 9 (NKJV) – 9 Then those who heard it, being[a] convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
Hebrews 4: 12-13 (NKJV) – 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Acts 9: 5-6 (NKJV) – 5 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
Acts 24:25 (NKJV) – 25 Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”
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