Do You Stand Accused?
Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. John 16:7-8
The devil is the one who accuses you of sin. The Holy Spirit is the one who convicts you of sin. Do you know the difference? The devil accuses you to drive you away from Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts to draw you to Christ.
The devil wants you under a load of guilt so you’ll say, “I’m no good. I can’t live the Christian life. There’s something wrong with me. God doesn’t hear my prayers. It doesn’t do me any good to go to church.”
On the other hand, the Holy Spirit pinpoints a sin and with laser focus, without condemnation, says: “You told a lie just then.” Or, “What you said wasn’t kind.”
The devil dumps a load of guilt on you: “You’re just a terrible person. You’re a failure.” It’s an overall sense of gloom, doom, and unworthiness. When you believe those lies, you let the devil drive you away from God. He accuses you to destroy you.
The Holy Spirit uses a scalpel to cleanly remove the problem. The devil grabs a bat and bludgeons you with it. You crawl away, condemned.
The Holy Spirit convicts you to reclaim you. His desire is to correct you and bring you back, that you may know the fullness of joy. The Holy Spirit draws you to Christ that you may confess your sins and be cleansed. Confess, be cleansed, and go your way rejoicing!
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