12 Months to a Better Believer, Part 3
The 12 month to a better you for this month has to do with conviction. The essence of conviction has to do with the work of the Spirit in your life.
Here is the key verse: “And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. (John 16:8 )
Jesus identifies the areas of the Spirit’s work in our lives.
He convicts us of sin. We started out this series by highlighting Psalm 139: 23 & 24: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. Couple this verse with Galatians 5:16-21 and conviction teaches us things we need to give up. Make a list of what the Spirit is instructing you to kill in your life.
He convicts us of righteousness. From the Psalm 139:24, this is the “lead me in the way everlasting. From Galatians this is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). It is also the implementation of the gifts of the Spirit in our lives. Implementation of these gifts can be a main expression of the righteousness of Christ in your life. You can find the Spiritual gifts in the following passages: Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4:8-13, 1 Peter 4:10-11. What fruit of the Spirit/gift is evident in your life? How are you expressing it in the church?
He convicts us of judgment. This is a change of perspective about accountability. My life is not my own, I hold it in stewardship. This process of evaluation is a regular part of my judgment before God. I will stand before the king of Creation and give an account to Him. So I regularly pray the prayer from Psalm 139 and evaluate my life (Communion is the built in church exercise for this). Mark the first Sunday of the month in your calendars and discipline yourself to be at church for this regular submission to judgment.