How the Holy Spirit Convicts

How the Holy Spirit Convicts
One of the things that the Holy Spirit does is to convict. What do you think He convicts us of? All the things we are doing that are wrong? All the mistakes that we make?

John 16:8 tells us what the Holy Spirit convicts of. It says that He will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. John 16:9-11 explains further just what this means. These verses paint a very different picture of the Holy Spirit’s role of convicting than we sometimes imagine!

John 16:9 says that He convicts the world of sin because they don’t believe in Jesus. The Holy Spirit convicting of sin doesn’t mean that He points out to us every sin we ever commit. Rather, it means that He convicts those who haven’t accepted Christ of the one sin that will keep them from spending eternity with Him – the sin of not believing in Him.

John 16:10 says that Holy Spirit convicts of righteousness, because Jesus was going to the Father, and therefore we would no longer see Him. Under the new covenant of God’s grace that Christ came to establish, how do we become righteous? Not by always doing the right thing and never messing up, but rather through faith in Jesus (Rom 3:22)! When Jesus returned to the Father, the Holy Spirit was sent to be our Helper (Jn 14:16). Today, Christ is at the Father’s right hand, representing us, and our Helper, the Holy Spirit, convicts of the fact that in Him, we have been made righteous (2 Cor 5:21)!

John 16:11 says that the Holy Spirit convicts of judgment, because the ruler of the world has been judged. Our Savior has disarmed principalities and powers. He triumphed over them at the cross (Col 2:15). In other words, the devil is a defeated foe, and the Holy Spirit reminds us of that!

This is how the Holy Spirit convicts! He points people towards faith in Christ, He helps us to understand that we have been made righteous, and He reminds us that the enemy has been defeated! How wonderful God is to have sent us such a Helper!

The Gifts of the Spirit

The Gifts of the Spirit
Once we’ve received baptism in the Holy Spirit, there are certain gifts God has for us that He wants us to operate in. These gifts of the Spirit enable us to know and do things we couldn’t have on our own. They can both benefit us personally, and help us to minister to others in a greater way.

The gifts of the Spirit are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-11.

  1.  Message of wisdom
  2. Message of knowledge
  3. Faith
  4. Gifts of healing
  5. Working of miracles
  6. Prophecy
  7. Discerning of spirits
  8. Speaking in different kinds of tongues
  9. Interpretation of tongues

Message of wisdom, message of knowledge, and prophecy all have to do with God speaking to you, and/or revealing things to you that you wouldn’t know otherwise. Gifts of healing and working of miracles have to do with God flowing through you in a special way to perform miracles and instances of healing. Speaking in different kinds of tongues is different than just praying in tongues. Usually, it’s a specific message God gives you in tongues, which He will then give either you or someone else the explanation of. This explanation of what is spoken in tongues being given to you is interpretation of tongues.

These gifts are for us today, and God wants us to operate in them! Do as 1 Corinthians 14:1 says, and eagerly desire these gifts. Make yourself available to God to be used by Him, and you will begin to experience these gifts at work in your life as you are in need of them!

Speaking in Tongues

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When the believers in Acts 2 were baptized in the Holy Spirit, they began to speak in tongues. In numerous other places throughout Acts and the rest of the New Testament, God’s Word talks about speaking in tongues. It is something that God desires for all of His children to experience today, and willingly gives to all of them who will accept it.

Acts 2:4 says that the believers began speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. In other words, when we speak in tongues, we’re simply speaking out words that the Holy Spirit gives us. Even though we won’t recognize or understand what we’re saying, it’s from Him. Our job is to just open our mouths and speak out the words He’s giving us.

Speaking in tongues comes along with baptism in the Holy Spirit, and is important in our lives as believers. When we pray in tongues, the Holy Spirit can pray through us about things we don’t even know to pray about, or pray exactly what needs to be said about situations we aren’t sure how to pray for. Praying in tongues can help us to connect with God in a way that aids us in hearing what He has to say to us. These are just some of the reasons why praying in tongues is important for us as followers of Christ.

Speaking in tongues is something God makes available to all believers. If you’ve accepted Jesus as your Savior, then it’s for you! Are you open to this gift that God wants to give you?

What Is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

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Earlier this month, we celebrated Easter – Jesus’ resurrection from the dead. Before He went back to heaven, Jesus told His disciples to wait for God’s promised gift – in a few days, they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). In Acts 2, we see this promise fulfilled. While they were gathered together on the day of Pentecost (a Jewish holiday), a violent wind seemed to fill the room they were in. What appeared to be tongues of fire came and rested above each of them, and they began to speak in other tongues! This was the first time believers experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit.

When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and lives inside of us. When we receive baptism in the Holy Spirit, it’s like what’s inside of us comes out and manifests in ways such as speaking in tongues (as happened to the early believers mentioned in Acts 2) and other gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 12:8-11).

Acts 1:8 says that when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we receive power. Through His Spirit living inside of us, God is able to show us things we couldn’t know on our own, and enable us to do things we couldn’t do by ourselves. Look at the example of Peter. While Jesus was being put on trial and condemned to death, Peter denied Him three times. After being baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter had the courage to speak boldly for Christ, and explain what was going on to the people who witnessed the believers speaking in tongues. Baptism in the Holy Spirit had an impact on Peter, and it has an impact on us as well!

Those who were staying in Jerusalem for Pentecost when this all took place  heard the wonders of God proclaimed in their own language through the believers speaking in tongues. This demonstrates how baptism in the Holy Spirit can enable us to minister to others more effectively.

Do you want to experience baptism in the Holy Spirit? Just like salvation, it becomes ours by simply believing, and receiving it from God. Ask Him, and He will give it to you, for He promises to give it to those who ask (Luke 11:13)!

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The God Of Hope

The God Of HopeThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 15:13. This verse says may the God of hope, as we trust in Him, fill us with joy and peace, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may overflow with hope.

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel hopeless? No matter what we are facing, there’s no need for us to be without hope, because the God of hope is with us! If we ask Him, He will fill us with His joy and peace, which the world can’t take from us. As we fix our eyes upon Him, we will be lifted out of hopelessness, and overflow with hope!

God is the One from whom our hope comes (Psalm 62:5). If we place our hope in those around us, they will let us down, for try as they might, people make mistakes. God, on the other hand, is perfect. He will never let us down. Therefore, if we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed!

Allow the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace. Trust in Him, and find hope, regardless of your circumstances!

Gifts Of The Spirit

Gifts Of The SpiritWeek 27 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was 1 Corinthians 12-16. These chapters further continue one of Paul’s letters to the church at Corinth.

In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, Paul speaks of the gifts of the Spirit, which are given for the common good. They are all the work of the same Spirit, which He distributes to each, as He determines.

Here are the nine gifts mentioned in this passage:

  1. word of wisdom
  2. word of knowledge
  3. faith
  4. gifts of healing
  5. working of miracles
  6. prophecy
  7. discerning of spirits
  8. different kinds of tongues
  9. interpretation of tongues

God wants us to walk in the gifts of the Spirit. Like any gift, they are offered to us freely. Let’s receive and utilize these gifts, that our Heavenly Father has for us as His children!

Baptism In The Holy Spirit

Baptism In The Holy SpiritWeek 16 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Acts 1-5. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ ascension, the first instance of baptism in the Holy Spirit, which took place on the day of Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, and several other instances in early church history.

In Acts 1, we read of there being a sound as of violent wind, tongues of fire coming to rest upon those who were gathered together, and the Holy Spirit coming upon them. They then began to speak in other tongues, as they were enabled by the Spirit (Acts 2:4).This was the baptism of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had spoken of in Acts 1:5, which He told the disciples not to leave home without (Acts 1:4).

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a part of God’s plan for believers, and is a separate experience from salvation. When we receive salvation, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is simply an overflowing of that which is within us. It is typically accompanied, as in this instance in Acts 2, by the ability to speak in tongues. Romans 8:26 speaks of the Spirit interceding for us when we don’t know what to pray. This is, in a nutshell, what takes place when we pray in tongues – the Spirit interceding for us.

Luke 11:13 says that if parents know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. If you have never received baptism in the Holy Spirit, and would like to do so, simply ask God for it, receiving it in faith, just as you did with salvation. Those who ask will receive (Acts 7:8). Know that God is both ready and waiting to give this gift to you!

Conviction from the Holy Spirit

Conviction from the Holy SpiritWeek 14 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was John 14-17, and 21. These chapters mainly relate Jesus’ words to His disciples before He went to the cross, as well as an account of Him having breakfast with them after He rose again.

In John 16:8-11, Jesus speaks of the Holy Spirit convicting us. What is the Holy Spirit’s conviction? What does He convict us of? Does He help us to recognize when we are doing something wrong? Show us when we are headed in the wrong direction?

According to the verses mentioned above, the Holy Spirit convicts the world in three matters – in regard to sin, righteousness, and judgement. In regard to sin, because of not believing in Jesus, in regard to righteousness, because He has gone to the Father and we no longer see Him, and in regard to judgement, because the ruler of this world is judged.

These verses clearly show that the Holy Spirit convicting us of sin doesn’t mean that He points out to us every time we do something wrong, but rather that He convicts us of the one sin of not believing in Jesus, and accepting Him as our Savior. God loves us and wants us to be His children, so the Holy Spirit convicts us of not believing in Christ, that we might turn to Him, believe in and receive Him, and be given the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

As believers today, the Holy Spirit convicts us of righteousness – our right-standing before God – reminding us that we are forgiven, accepted, and loved by our Heavenly Father. He also convicts us of judgement in that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, for Christ disarmed principalities and powers, triumphing over them at the cross (Colossians 2:15). He convicts us of the fact that the enemy has been defeated!

The Holy Spirit convicts us of the sin of not believing in Jesus, of our right-standing before our Heavenly Father, and of the fact that our enemy, the devil, has been judged, and stands defeated. What a wonderful blessing His conviction is!