Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Operating Out of Conviction

Conviction is a word that I don’t hear very often. I think it is underused. The Bible talks about conviction in a few places including the famous chapter on faith in Hebrews 11, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” If we are to operate out of faith then we need to operate out of conviction. I am not always so sure that people are very convicted these days. Sometimes it feels like we make decisions out of what seems right or out of business sense but what about operating out of a sense of conviction?

We recently held an elders and ministers meeting to discuss our direction. We purposeful phrased our brainstorming question to ask for convictions rather than suggestions. Let’s only bring up the few things we feel strongly about…even convicted about that would honor God in our actions and direction.

When Paul writes to the Thessalonians he talks about when they presented the Gospel to them before they were Christians. Here is what Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 1:4-7,

For we know, brothers and sisters beloved by God, that he has chosen you, because our message of the gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of persons we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for in spite of persecution you received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.

This is the same thing we see in Acts 2, even though the word “conviction” isn’t used when the crowd at Pentecost was cut to the heart. It also ties conviction to the Holy Spirit just as Jesus does in John 16 especially verse 8 where Jesus tells us the Holy Spirit will convict mankind in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment.

Do we truly believe God is interested in convicting us of anything? Certainly we can and should be convicted by the Word of God. According to the scriptures we can also be convicted by the Holy Spirit. What would happen if we started operating out of conviction rather than convenience or conviction rather than tradition or conviction rather than fleeting feelings? This would require us to be in the Word more and to be more in tune with the Holy Spirit than ever before. I believe we would experience a revolution!

Jesus Inaugurates the New Creation Via the Holy Spirit

I have been thinking a lot about the Holy Spirit lately. One of the connection points that I have been looking into is the Spirit’s role in Creation and His corresponding role in New Creation. First is the Spirit’s work in God’s original creation. In Genesis 1:2 we see the Spirit of God hovering overContinue Reading

Our Need for a Biblical View of the Holy Spirit: 4 Reasons We Neglect the Spirit

Can you imagine neglecting Jesus or the Father in your teaching or preaching? Imagine a church that never said a word about either the Father or the Son. Would you want to be a part of a church that never brought them up? Why is it that we rarely talk about the Spirit of God?Continue Reading

Jesus as an Illustration to Understand the Holy Spirit

Imagine yourself in a crowded street in Galilee. Jesus is there and you have found yourself swept up in a crowd of onlookers who have heard Jesus is on his way into town and a rush of people have gone out to see him. Through the bobbing heads and undulating crowd you spot him. JesusContinue Reading

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Creation and New Creation

The creation of the world was a Trinitarian event. The Spirit hovered, the Father spoke and the Son, who was and is the Logos/Word (John 1:1-3) was the agent of the creation of the universe (Col 1:15-20), “15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him allContinue Reading

7 Things that Tempt us to Check the Fruit of the Spirit at the Door

There are times it seems Christians check the fruit of the Spirit at the door and proceed without caution: When you are doctrinally correct: Being right on a matter doesn’t give you the right to be hostile, angry, unloving, unkind, etc. When you are by yourself: Being alone doesn’t give us license to sin. TheContinue Reading

The Holy Spirit’s Role in Jesus’ Miracles

Throughout scripture the Holy Spirit has enabled people to do amazing things. The Spirit empowered several of the judges to do the mighty things God called them to do (Samson and Gideon to name a few). The Holy Spirit came on Saul and enabled him to prophesy (1 Sam 10:6-10). The Holy Spirit enabled theContinue Reading

The Fruit of the Spirit is Essential

The fruit of the Spirit is essential, not because it is a checklist unto salvation but because it is the inevitable byproduct of the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. We have a funny relationship with the word “essential” often relating it to what one must do to be saved. While there are essential components toContinue Reading

The Holy Spirit’s Role in the Coming of Jesus

We often associate the Holy Spirit with the beginning of the church in Luke’s second volume, the book of Acts. What is interesting is that the Holy Spirit also played a key role in kicking off Luke’s first volume, the Gospel of Luke: Luke 1:15 – John the Baptist will be filled with the HolyContinue Reading

Spirituality is More Than Just Non-Physical Reality

Gordon Fee is one of the most gifted writers on how to read scripture in the last 30 years. He is probably best known for some of his New Testament commentaries and his book “How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth“. I have been reading his book Listening to the Spirit in theContinue Reading

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