1) The Holy Spirit puts his finger on a specific sin I have committed, something concrete I can own and confess, but the accusations of Satan are vague and simply demoralizing.
2)The Holy Spirit shows me Christ, the mighty Friend of sinners, but the devil wants me spiraling down into negative self-focus.
3) The Holy Spirit leads me to a threshold of new life, but the devil wants to paralyze me where I am.
4) The Holy Spirit brings peace of heart along with a new hatred of sin, so that I bow before Jesus in reconsecration, but the devil offers peace of mind with smug relief, so that I fold my arms and say, “There, that’s over with.”
5) The Holy Spirit helps me to be so open to God that I allow him to control the conversation, but the devil tempts me to take off the table certain questions I just don’t want God to talk to me about.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Conviction or Accusation?
This one and a half year-old post at Ray Ortlund's blogsite came to my attention. It is about how a Christian can discern if he is being convicted by the Holy Spirit or being accused by the Enemy. Ray offers these helpful guidelines: