Today, I want to share a couple of mini-thoughts of different things I have studied and read this week that have to do with conviction of sin vs. condemnation by Satan.
- I teach a ladies Sunday School class. We are going through a discipleship book, and this next week’s lesson will go over conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit vs. condemnation from Satan. If we have asked Christ to be our Savior, then the Holy Spirit indwells us as believers. When we sin, the Holy Spirit is grieved and convicts or convinces us of our sin. After we confess that sin, our fellowship is restored; but often we continue to feel guilty and don’t experience victory over that sin. Why is that? The answer is that Satan would love to continue to bring up that forgiven sin to us to make us feel bad and so that we cannot be used by God.
I studied the words “conviction” and “condemnation” more, and found this study. I loved the way they showed the difference between these two words:
Condemnation comes from Satan and is meant to tear you down. Condemnation continually points out what a failure you are, and how badly you’ve messed up. Condemnation is showing you the problem, but avoiding the solution.
Conviction shows you the answer to your problem. Conviction shows you the blood of Jesus that wipes away your sins!
Conviction shows you the answer (the Blood of Jesus, which washes away sin), while condemnation shows you the problem (the sin, the past and your failures). Condemnation shows you the problem, but conviction shows you the answer.
Condemnation shouts, “Your past! Your sins! You loser!” But conviction shouts, “The Blood of Jesus washes away sins! Come to Jesus and be forgiven of your sins! You can be forgiven! Your sins and past don’t have to be a part of you anymore!”
- In the light of this discussion on condemnation, I appreciated what Heidi St. John said about bad days in motherhood in her book, Becoming Mom Strong.
When you feel like failing . . . Look Up!
Why? Because Satan would love to condemn us and accuse us on those days where everything seems to go wrong and make us believe that we are terrible moms and that we are failing!
She goes on to say,
I could accept the lies of the enemy and see myself through the eyes of the accuser of my soul, or I could see myself through the eyes of my Jesus. . . . Bad days do not make bad moms. God wants us to know His joy when we have good days–and He wants us to experience His grace when we don’t.
When we are assaulted by lies, we need to remember what and who we are fighting for. Some days our biggest fight will be to see ourselves as God sees us. Because if God is for us (which He always is), no one–not even Satan himself–can stand against us.
How can you tell the difference between conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit and condemnation by Satan?
- If you start feeling guilty, search your heart and see if there is any wicked way. Is there a sin that needs to be confessed? Do you need to ask forgiveness from someone you have wronged?
- If you have not confessed this sin that for which you are feeling convicted, then confess that sin to God. Ask for forgiveness from God. If you have sinned against a person, also ask them for forgiveness.
- If you have truly repented of your sin, but you continue to feel guilty for something you have done in the past, then Satan is condemning you for that sin. Claim the promises of God. Trust in His finished work on the cross that covers your sin. It is His righteousness that paid our sin debt!
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Isaiah 43:25
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I John 1:9
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:1
Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:7-8
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12
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- The Path of Surrender for God’s Greater Glory from Soul Refreshed Journey
- 5 Steps For Making New Mom Friends After a Move from Confessions of Parenting
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