What if I were to tell you that I am under the conviction of the Holy Spirit this morning?
What is the first thing that comes to your mind? If I were a betting person I would lay odds that your answer was guilty. When someone is convicted in court, we mean guilty not innocent. If you are slightly more religious perhaps you would say I was feeling a conviction of sin.
When I google images under conviction what do I get but a picture of O.J.Simpson. Others who have been found guilty of one thing or another. Sad faces.
The scriptures say that the Holy Spirit would be sent to convict the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. The conviction of sin is only the first of three jobs He has, yet, we seem to think that the conviction of sin is His primary responsibility and goal.
Does that not seem to be a little redundant for that to be the main job of the Holy Spirit if our sin was already dealt with when it was laid on Jesus? Would the Holy Spirit not be up to more than that?
I could see His smile when He seemed to say He found greater pleasure in convicting His loved ones of their righteousness!
How often do we hear someone speak about being under the conviction of righteousness?
Do we even know what that means? To mainstream culture of today I would venture to say it means little, besides a religious term. Wikipedia says it is someone’s beliefs or whose lifestyle is pleasing to God.
Have you heard anyone complain about constantly being made conscious of the fact , they were pleasing to God, and completely free of guilt?
Now, I am prone to indulge in breast beating mournful flagellation of self as anyone!
In fact, I am sure I could boast in my ability to be a heartbeat or single word away from utter unworthiness! It can sometimes feel good though, eh? Oh, what a sorry sinner I am!
The thing is…this attitude safely ensconced me in the camp of helplessness.
It convinces me and moans the FACT that I can do nothing about my sin prone flesh.
This philosophy does not consider the ability of the Spirit to manifest the life of Jesus in us! We are told that we are to BE His righteousness in Christ Jesus. Anyone besides myself hear the strain of the music to theme of the movie dynasty Mission Impossible? He told us to do or be the impossible?
The cross was not the end but the beginning!
Christ died to make righteousness or goodness, possible! I am not talking about perfection, but goodness exemplified in real life.
There is a verse in the Old Testament which quotes David as saying,” I would have fainted had I not hoped to see the goodness of God in the land of the living.”
The conviction of the Holy Spirit that we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus is the beginning of our freedom to BE the goodness of God in the land of the living.
I don’t often hear someone talk about their awareness of how free they are to allow the goodness of God show up in their lives for others’ behalf.
Surely, that would be an expression of arrogance or pride!
That person could be under the conviction of righteousness bythe Holy Spirit.