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Breeding Personal Accountability

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

The Holy Spirit is the third person in the Trinity. He is equal to the Trinity, but he is different in personality. Meaning that He has a different function. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God that was placed in every one of us to help us live, because God knew that we couldn’t do it alone. Various versions of John 15:26 call the Holy Spirit our counselor, friend, comforter, helper, and advocate. But He is also someone who convicts.

A story we can turn to is in Daniel 1:3-16. Daniel didn’t indulge in what the others indulged in. He was determined “not to defile himself” (v. 8) because he held on to his convictions. In the end, Daniel and his three friends who also didn’t defile themselves, looked stronger and were stronger than the men who ate the king’s food, and they were rewarded by God. Another story in Matthew 4:1-11 tells us of the temptation of Jesus. Each time the devil tried to tempt Jesus, Jesus responded with something from the word of God. He held onto His convictions and didn’t let it waver because of the devil. As a result, “the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.” (v. 11)

A conviction is a non-negotiable thing in your heart that you stand on. A conviction is something that can never be changed or wavered as a result of something. As a child of God and a firm believer of the Gospel, we are all called to hold on to godly convictions. The Holy Spirit helps convict us. The word of God says that “He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8) When the Holy Spirit detects something isn’t righteous or godly, He will alert you so that you can remove yourself from that situation.

God knew that we would encounter and be pushed towards things that go against His word. Even when we do fall into sin, the Holy Spirit comes in and nudges you to remind you of who you truly are as God’s righteous child. He will direct you back to your Heavenly Father. When the Holy Spirit convicts you, it’s not so that you will feel bad about yourself and think you are a horrible person. But when the Holy Spirit convicts, you may feel something you think is guilt or shame, but it’s actually called godly sorrow/grief and it’s completely normal. The word of God says “godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret…” (2 Corinthians 7:10) Godly grief mourns the sin, turns from sin, and finds forgiveness.

There is this cycle of conviction that I learned. It goes conviction → godly sorrow → repentance → back to God. I learned that through this cycle we will breed personal accountability. Things we find hard to stay away from will become easier to deny if we just hold firm to our convictions. A belief is something you hold on to, but a conviction is something that holds on to you. Everything in the word of God is true. Everything the Holy Spirit tells you is true. So stand firm on the word, on the Holy Spirit, and on everything godly. Amen.

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