THE HOLY SPIRIT CONVINCES AND CONVICTS
“No Christian has a right to be uncertain about his or her salvation; the Holy Spirit has been given in order that we might be certain…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Feb 14th).
FATHER, Your HOLY SPIRIT grants me an interest in reading the Bible as well as revealing it in such a way that I spiritually understand it. If I am not a true Christian I will not possess the SPIRIT and therefore cannot ever know beyond a shadow of doubt whether I am going to heaven.
And the scary part is that without the SPIRIT I can will myself to read Scripture and assimilate its truth into my life. But my actions will flow out of my human desires without having any idea what would be Your desires.
I must have the SPIRIT for He convicts me of sin. “Seek the inward witness of the Spirit…that your heart has been convinced of sin, that you have renounced your own righteousness and have fled to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that your soul is breathing after personal holiness” Octavius Winslow (ref#135, Feb 3rd).
“We come to Christ for salvation after the Spirit has convinced us of sin…” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Feb 14th). “…if He has not done it for you, if you value your own soul, ask Him to do it” Martyn Lloyd-Jones (ref#189, Feb 14th).