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!

Over All

Over AllWhat are you facing today? What are you up against? Do you feel like you’re on your own?

If so, know that you are NEVER alone. Jesus is with you always (Matthew 28:20). Not only is He always with you, but everything has been placed under His feet (Ephesians 1:22). Whatever you’re facing, know that it is under His feet, and that because you are in Him, it is under your feet, as well.

Christ has been made head over all for YOUR benefit (Ephesians 1:22)! All authority on heaven and earth is His (Matthew 28:18). As a member of His body on this earth, He has given you authority, as well. You have been given power over ALL the power of the devil (Luke 10:19)! When you use the name of Jesus, demons must flee, sickness must leave, and depression and anxiety must loosen their hold, for EVERYTHING must bow before the name of Jesus (Philippians 2:10)!

In Christ, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Believe this, and begin to experience the victory that God desires for you to walk in!

Over All


VictoryWeek 6 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan will soon be at its end. This week’s reading was Mark 5-10. These chapters speak mainly of some of Jesus’ miracles, conversations with His disciples, a couple of His encounters with the Pharisees, and the transfiguration.

In Mark 5, we read of a man who was possessed by demons, which Jesus cast out of him. The demons begged for permission to enter a nearby herd of pigs rather than leave the area. The herd then stampeded into a lake and drowned.

As the Son of God, Jesus possessed the authority to cast the demons out of the man. They simply had to obey Him. In Christ, we have been given authority to overcome all the power of the devil (Luke 10:19). This power and authority isn’t of ourselves. It is from Him. It is through Him that we can do all things (Philippians 4:13). Whatever we ask in His name, He will do (John 14:13-14). When we allow Him to work through us, great things are accomplished for His glory!

The devil has been disarmed (Colossians 2:15). He has been defeated! We have been given the victory over Him. Sickness has no right to remain on our bodies. Fear must flee. Anxiety and depression must leave. They are no match for our wonderful Savior, and the price He paid for us at the cross.

Today, remember that you have been given authority over all the power of the devil, who has already been defeated. Rest in the victory over him that was won for you at the cross!