Monday, March 28, 2016

Should We Embrace Guilt Or Reject It?







Does The Holy Spirit Convicts The World Or The Believer Of Sin?

Question : We agree that the Holy Spirit never condemns us for our sins as believers, but does He ever make us uncomfortable when we sin? To me, this is a very loving act of the Father, not wanting us to get comfortable doing things that could destroy our lives and the lives of others. Isn't that something to be embraced? And doesn't that drive us to the cross rather than away from it?

Answer : Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! The work of the Holy Spirit has been clearly described by Jesus in the following verse,
"7 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. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged." (John 16:7-11). The above verses shows that when the Holy Spirit comes to a believer personally, He will not condemn him of sin when he sins, but rather He will convict the world of sin that tries to misguide a believer, then He will point out to the righteousness of Christ that frees him from further condemnation (2 Cor 5:21; Rom 8:1), and then will point to the Cross of Jesus that has made the works of Satan and his demons to become nullified so that the believer will again have faith to continue to fight against the temptation of the evil One (Col 2:14-15; Luke 22:31-32). Sin comes in to the life of a believer when they give place to unbelief in their heart, which takes root and desensitizes their conscience of any guilt or conviction of sin that comes through the voice of the Holy Spirit spoken within (Heb 12:1, 25; 3:13-14, 19), and then righteousness of God is not realized to be received and enjoyed by many believers because they live by sight sensing that Christ is not present physically, and therefore they have no faith. But always because of the Holy Spirit present within a believer, the Holy Spirit after conviction of sin will lead us who are believers to confess our sin to Jesus and therefore in exchange receive again the righteousness of Christ by faith confession (Rom 4:13, 5, 6, 9; 2 Cor 5:7; Rom 10:6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13). And finally the Holy Spirit will show to the believers that Satan and his demons are already judged by God in Christ and therefore they need to renew their mind by the Word of God to continue to stay in the testimony of faith through confession, and therefore experience the victory of the power of the blood of Jesus through their testimony against all evil spirits in their lives (Rom 8:3-4; Rev 12:11). In other words, the Devils do not understand the righteousness in the heart of a believer until they confess that testimony with their mouth which will make the demons flee in all directions. The demons are not omniscient to know what righteousness of Christ He has gloriously restored within them when the believers agreed with Him to acknowledge their sin against Him, and so the moment the demons hear the testimony of the confession of the believer against them by faith in the blood of Jesus which was shed for them, once they hear from their mouth they stop accusing them to flee because of the power of God, and they the believers thus get delivered of the oppression of demons over them.

Guilt is the natural God-given mechanism within all humans that makes us feel bad when we do wrong or sin against God, which makes us to look to God for relief from it. There's two kinds of guilt in the Bible. There's Godly sorrow that leads a person to repentance
(2 Cor 7:10), this is the uncomfortable feeling that comes to a believer when they sin and is the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Usually when guilt doesn't lift of us, we should check our self whether there is unforgiveness within us against others as Jesus tells us how important it is to forgive those who have wronged us, or how we can be turned over by God to the tormentors (evil spirits) until we repent and forgive others if we are unforgiving (Matt 18:23-35). Bitterness against others makes guilt to continue in the heart of a believer, regardless who or what it's about, and it defiles a man (Hebrews 12:15). There's a guilt that brings worldly sorrow in to the heart of man which will bring condemnation without Christ that will lead that person to death (Matt 27:3-5), that is a separation from God and from the consciousness of the goodness of His Presence (2 Cor 7:10). The writer to the Hebrew says, "...draw near [to God through Jesus] with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water [of His Word]." (Hebrews 10:22), which teaches us that the conscience become cleansed when a believer draws near to God through the blood of Jesus. Hence a believer should accept the guilt as a indication for him to turn to God and realize it as a need for himself to confess of his sins and be cleansed by the blood of Jesus to against get restored in fellowship with God (Ezek 18:20; Num 14:18). But for a unbeliever, the more guilt comes in to them, the more their conscience will become evil and darkened to accuse them of their wrong doing (Rom 1:21), which if they will deny and keep on sinning more and more without turning to Christ, they will get desensitized in the conscience of their spirit which will lead them straight to unrepentant life which leads to the hell fire in the end (Rom 1:26-27; 2:15; Eph 4:19; 1 Tim 4:2). All humans without Christ will smoke out and get covered with ashes of guilt like a olden day hanging lamp to cover the glass chimney fitted over the base of their conscience that is present within their spirit (Prov 20:27), which will get darker and darker with in their heart as they get older and older in their age without getting saved.

Both to the unsaved and saved, it is God's love that makes them uncomfortable when they sin. Until God gives them up totally in to their debased mind, there is always hope for the sinner to get saved and for the believer to turn again to God in repentance
(Rom 1:26, 28; 2 Thess 2:11-12; Heb 6:4-6; 10:26-29). Actually repentance means God suffers and waits to bear with us in His love (2 Peter 3:15), when God waits for us, He expects and knows that we will repent at some point of time, and so it is God's goodness that leads us to repentance (Rom 2:4). Sin will always destroy our lives and the lives of others, so when we as the children of God get comfortable in sin, God will wait for us to repent for sometime and will check whether we judge ourselves to then try to turn away from sin and stop being involved in it (Rev 2:21; 1 Cor 11:31), after which God will chasten His children whom He loves to justify them and separate them from the world which will get condemned by Him for their sins latter at the end (1 Cor 11:32; 1 Peter 4:17-18, 19; Heb 12:5-6, 7, 10-11). The Scripture tells all believers to willingly embrace the chastening of the Lord, because when it does come to us because of the love of God towards us, it is for our eternal profit that God allows certain temporal uncomfortable happenings of chastening.

Yes indeed, when ever we are chastened because of certain impurity of sin that sticks on to us in spite of confessing our sins to the Lord regularly to keep ourselves under the protection of the Lord, then God does at a certain point of time will allow the devil to do his work against us, but at the end of the ordeal like to Job, He will turn all the bad things that happened to us in to good of double blessing in our lives, and will gift us with a repented purified life for His Glory ahead
(James 5:9, 10, 11; Job 1:5, 10, 12; 2:3, 6-7, 10; Job 9:20; 32:2; 35:6-8; 38:1; 40:1-7, 8-14; 42:1-5, 10, 12; Luke 22:31-32)


When ever God lovingly chastises, we need to look to love of the Cross to bow ourselves down to God in repentance of dust and ashes, so that God may be able to restore the double blessing of both eternal and temporal to us with much joy in his heart towards us
(Job 42:6, 10, 12, 17; Zec 9:12; Isa 61:7). Every problems we face in our lives should drive us to the cross rather than away from it, if we really want to be blessed by God at the end of all the ordeal we face (Luke 9:23-24; 1 Peter 5:6-7, 10-11; 3:12; Heb 10:35-36). Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Glory be to God!        

Much Blessings....



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