SATURDAY 9TH JULY,2016
TOPIC: YOUR BLIND SPOT (4)
TEXT: Psalms 19:14B “….O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer….”
Jesus said when the Holy Spirit comes He would convict us of sin, but conviction is not the same as ‘getting caught’. When we are caught doing wrong we feel pain, but it’s not necessarily conviction over sin. Often it’s just embarrassment over how others are thinking about us. If we thought no one would ever know, we wouldn’t be in pain. Moreover, conviction isn’t the same thing as fear of
punishment. Conviction is when you get a glimpse of what you’re capable of: ‘How did I become the kind of person who can lie, cheat on a test, have an affair, claim credit for what I didn’t do, act in a cowardly way instead of courageously, or use people for my own ends?’ These are not questions you normally ask yourself.
The Bible says, ‘This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light…’ (John 3:19 NIV). When God is at work in your life, the pain is not about other people knowing, or even about the consequences. That’s all external. The pain of conviction is internal—it’s over who you are. Unless your car Windscreen is clean, you run the risk of ending up in a ditch and you can’t clean it yourself while you’re driving—that is why you have Windscreen wipers. Similarly, the Holy Spirit’s job is to reveal sin,helps you repent of it, and cleanse you so that you can go where God wants to take you in life.
More often, you need to pray, ‘Lord, send as much light as I can stand. Clean off my windscreen so I can see clearly. Cleanse me”. Oh Abba father so that the meditation of my heart and the reflection of my mind be acceptable to YOU Always Amen.
MEDITATION: Gal. 5:22-25, Rom. 8:3-5, 8-10
STUDY THE BIBLE
MK 15:21-27; 1KGS 11; HOS 13