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The Holy Spirit Convicts The Believer of Sin

Does the Holy Spirit convict the believer of sin. Let’s look at this from the Old and New Covenants and see what they teach us:

 OLD COVENANT: Under the O.C. The Holy Spirit convicted people of their sin.

 David who lived under the O.C. said: (Ps 139:23,24) Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties;And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NKJV)

 The blessing of God upon the people was conditional on them living a holy life which necessitated them removing sin from their lives.

 2 Chron 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (NKJV)

 If people didn’t confess their sin, they didn’t prosper: Prov 28:13 He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. (NKJV)

 So, the responsibility to live a pure, holy life lay with man.

 NEW COVENANT: Under the N.C., God turned around His relationship with man. He sent His Son Jesus Christ to take the punishment of sin upon Himself and die for the whole world, past, present and future.

 God has now taken the initiative to make man right with Himself.

 This He did when He dealt with sin ONCE, FOR ALL TIME AND ETERNITY UPON THE CROSS.

 Christ dealt with mankind’s sin and removed it once and for all.

 2 Cor 5:19 God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

 Now that man’s sin has been dealt with and removed, the only sin God convicts of is the sin of unbelief in Jesus Christ as Saviour.

 John 16:8-9 And when He (Holy Spirit) has come, He will convict the world of sin: of sin, because they do not believe in Me.”

 Once man repents of his unbelief in Christ and comes into relationship with Him, the Holy Spirit no longer convicts man of His sin, He convicts him of his righteousness in Christ!

 Jn 16:8-10 When He has come (Holy Spirit), He will convict the world of righteousness; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more;

Meditation Point: The only sin that the Holy Spirit convicts the world of, is unbelief in Christ.





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‘Grace Waves Devotional’

Walks On Water

Ps 110:1 “Sit here until I put your enemies under your feet.”

Read Mt 14:22-33  V24 The boat was being tossed about by the waves. For the wind was against them.

When the wind is for us (in our back), it’s ‘plain sailing.’ The momentum is with us, we have the advantage; people, events, goals, fall neatly into place. When the wind is against us, (in our face) we meet opposition, enemies, problems and pressure!.

Such was the case with the disciples in the boat on Galilee. The wind was not only against them, it had stirred up great swelling waves.

When Jesus came walking on the water and Peter expressed the desire to do the same, Jesus said one word, “Come!” Peter got out of the boat and walked on water. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, the wind (opposition) no longer held him back. The waves (problems) were under his feet.

The moment he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the wind (opposition), fear, anxiety and insecurity became a burden pressing him down, and he began to sink!

What opposition, what problems do you face today. If you will only keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, He will take you through what is against you.

Instead of problems crushing you, they will be under your feet, and you’ll find yourself walking on water!

The things against us are not stumbling-stones but stepping-stones to higher levels in God.

Rom 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us!

Phil 4:8 Meditate (think) on these things.






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The Judgement of God


This teaching states that when nations or people sin against God, He allows them to go so far, then draws a line in the sand and says, “Thus far and no further!”

 Subsequently He releases His judgment upon them in the form of earthquakes, tsunamis, famine, terrorism and all kinds of general mishaps.

 To arrive at a correct understanding of this issue we will look at God’s judgement under the Old and New Covenants.

 Old Covenant: When nations and people’s turned their backs on God, He first sent a prophet to warn them of the dire consequences of continuing in their sin. If they failed to heed the warning, He would send judgement upon them in the form of catastrophe’s, foreign invasion etc.

 Read Isa 14:22-32. Isa Ch 17.

 Babylon: Isa 14:22-26 For I will rise up against them,says the Lord of hosts,and cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity,  says the Lord.  I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and marshes of muddy water;I will sweep it with the broom of destruction,says the Lord of hosts. (NKJV)

 Israel:Isa 17:4,10,11  In that day it shall come to pass that the glory of Jacob will wane, and the fatness of his flesh grow lean.  Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,  and have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold, therefore you will plant pleasant plants and set out foreign seedlings;  In the day you will make your plant to grow,  and in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;  But the harvest will be a heap of ruins in the day of grief and desperate sorrow.

 New Covenant: When God sent His Son to die on the cross, He accomplished a number of things:

 a)    He offered His Son as a sacrifice to take the punishment of sin for the whole world, past, present and future. (Heb 7:27)

 b)    He forgave the sin of the whole world, past present and future.          (Col 2:13)

 c)    He removed the sin of the whole world  past, present and future.       (1 Jn 3:5)

 d)    Because sin no longer exists (from God’s point of view), God no longer counts sin against the whole world  past, present and future.      (Rom 4:8)

 e)    Because sin no longer exists, past, present and future, God has chosen to forget man’s sin.    (Heb 9:17)

 2 Cor 5:19  It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favour with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favour). (AMP)

 We can see through these scriptures that God judged all sin, past, present and future in His Son Jesus Christ, 2000 yrs ago!

 Today, God is not judging nations and people for their sin – on the contrary He is demonstrating His love to them:

 John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 So we see that the law covenant judges sin but the grace covenant has (past tense) forgiven all sin.

 Instead of Christians holding up placards proclaiming God’s judgement against homosexuality – They should be placarding the good news that Jesus loves the homosexual!

Meditation Point: In the New Covenant God forgave all sin, past, present and future at the cross. God no longer judges the world, He loves it!


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