Conviction = Confidence = Hope!
We should never run from or try to hide from the convicting voice of the Holy Spirit. It didn’t work for Adam and Eve and it won’t work for you or I. (Gen. 3:8-9). You first came to Christ by surrendering to His conviction and you can only continue in Christ by this same continuous commitment to walking surrendered.
Remember, your life is no longer your own, yet you get to live it, watching Christ live in, out and through you!
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20).
And believe me, that’s way more fun than continually trying and failing to manage it on your own – a thing you were never designed to do!
“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” – Augustine of Hippo
Of course, this all very contrary to the way this world thinks, and that should not surprise us! We are a people made for another world. (John 15:19).
So we should embrace this Voice of the Holy Spirit’s conviction, the Voice behind you that whispers, “This is the way; walk in it,” (Isa. 30:21), the Voice above you that shouts “Come up here,” (Rev. 4:1), the Voice that assures you, teaches you, reminds you, anoints you (John 16:8-15), and the Voice that convicts you when you stray.
The fact that you hear that Voice at all assures you that you are Christ’s! “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27). And if we are His, He will fulfill in us that good purpose for which He created us. As Paul wrote to the Philippians, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6).
Embrace the inner convictions of the Holy Spirit. Walk in surrender. Rejoice in hope!
To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 1 message.