Holy Spirit Conviction

When I talk to people about a personal relationship with God, I first discern (look and listen to see and hear) if the Holy Spirit is hovering over the person. If the Lord is present, then I talk with boldness and confidence. An example of this is a man I met some time ago who was going through some family problems. He did not know that I was a Christian, let alone a minister of the gospel, yet he started talking about God and how he used to go to Sunday school when he was young. He also talked about his grandmother who was a devout Christian. By this I knew that God was at work in this man. Unbeknown to me, he had prayed two weeks before we met. He cried out to God in desperation because he thought that all was lost in his life. Now I realise that I was to be instrumental in being the answer to that prayer.
Within two weeks of our meeting that man gave his life to God. The Holy Spirit was hovering over this man just as He did at the beginning of creation. Gen 1:2b And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. The Holy Spirit was waiting for the Word (Jesus) to be revealed so that the new Creation can be established. 2 Cor 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
Shortly after we are born again, we should be baptised in the Holy Spirit because this is when we feel the conviction of God in relation to sin and righteousness. Our initial experience of the Holy Spirit is just the deposit guaranteeing our inheritance, but the baptism is the power of God bringing change and conviction. Eph 1:13-14: And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
When I was a new Christian, I found that I did not need people or a book to tell me when I was doing wrong because the Holy Spirit would convict me and I knew the difference in my spirit. As a spiritual being, I became conscious of the fact that I was grieving God every time I ignored the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Without the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we can develop our “good nature” by doing what we think other Christians require or by reading the bible. Our Christian experience becomes religious as we endeavour to be holy by obeying the law as given to Moses. Biblical history shows that no matter how hard the children of Israel tried to be holy by obeying the law, they kept falling into sin. Jesus fulfilled (satisfied) the law, so that we can be empowered by the Holy Spirit to live a holy life.
Nevertheless, it is possible for complacency to set in. God is a Holy God and He commands us to be Holy even as He is Holy. Eph 1: 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. This is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit. In our own strength, it is impossible to be righteous. Unless we are filled and continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit, we will be open to compromise and slipping into old habits.
To experience Revival, we need to be filled to overflowing with the Holy Spirit continuously. Oh how much we need the power of God through the Holy Spirit. The trouble with maturity, whether in age or spirituality, is that we get comfortable with what we have and become set in our ways. We stand the chance of neglecting our need for God because everything appears to be “normal”. Take time out today, to ask God if there is any sin in you, any un-forgiveness and any reason for the Holy Spirit to depart from you. Ask Him to fill you afresh, to fill you to overflowing, so that His Wisdom, grace, mercy, peace, love and joy flow through you. Don’t allow yourselves to get stale and stagnate in complacency and compromise.
"I need thee, O I need thee;
 every hour I need thee;
 O bless me now, my Saviour, I come to thee. By Robert Lowry"
We all need a regular infilling of the Holy Spirit so that there is more of God and less of self…
That is what Revival is like. The presence of God is so powerful that sin cannot remain. One becomes aware of God’s Holiness and feels the conviction of sin and unrighteousness. An excellent example of that is the story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5:1-11. When God is moving in Revival power, sin cannot be present. During the greatest Revival, God’s presence was made manifest amongst the early Christians, however, Ananias and Sapphira chose to lie to the Holy Spirit. God was not about to abandon His purposes for the sake of these two, so He dealt with their sin accordingly.
If we are not careful, we can drive the Holy Spirit away from us by not listening to His convictions. He is a gentleman and will not force us to change, but gives us every opportunity to repent through conviction.
Turn to God today and ask Him for a fresh baptism, so that you can be a holy temple for His Presence.
With love this Christmas and God’s richest blessings for 2012 to you and yours.
Wendy
PS Diarise the REVIVAL meetings with Ken Gott on 27 & 28 January 2012. Ken has experienced revival and we are longing for God to meet our need for a move of His Spirit here in Cornwall. Visit the web site for more information: www.bethelministries.biz
PPS My book “Naturally Supernatural” is available to purchase directly from me at £5 or get an ebook copy from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/Naturally-Supernatural-ebook/dp/B006H9OPZ4/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324676176&sr=1-2. Visit the web site for more information: www.bethelministries.biz

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