A week before my book The Promise of the Holy Spirit was due to the editor, I had a word from the Holy Spirit of something I needed to include. The chapter I ended up adding was called, Convicted by the Holy Spirit.
In the book, I only included the very first part of the words that I heard that day from the Holy Spirit and have kept the rest until now. This was a long word, so this part below is the second part, with a third I will show later. Here is what I recorded word for word below. I have added some verses, as the Word is our plumbline of truth.
When Jesus kneeled in the garden of Gethsemane, and He spoke the words “not My will, but Your will,” it changed the course of history.
“He [Jesus] went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will’” (Matthew 26:39 NKJV).
What about you? What are you going to do when you kneel down in your garden of Gethsemane? When the Lord puts something down before you that is very hard. To step out and do something you never thought you could do.
What about you? Can you speak those words that can change the course of history for your life? For the lives of those around you? For the lives that the Lord has ordained from the beginning of time that you can touch.
Let Him convict you into His will. Convict you into His purpose. Convict you into His path that He has for your life.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2 NKJV).
We all want to hear a word from the Lord that is an easy word. Like, “oh, you don’t have to do this hard thing.” But that’s not what we read in Scripture. What we read in Scripture is He often asks us to do the hard things. He often tells us of the hard things to come.
He tells us we are going to be persecuted, and they will hate us because of Him. He didn’t say that because things are going to get easy, but things are going to get hard for you.
Jesus taught, “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12 NASB).
If you want to be used mightily by the Lord, you must let Him have His way with you. You must know that it is not always going to be easy.
Stop thinking you’re going to gain the power of the Holy Spirit so people would worship you; that is a thought from Satan. Let the Holy Spirit convict the pride right out of your life.
Jesus promised, “He [The Holy Spirit] will come to convict the world of sin, to show the world what has God’s approval, and to convince the world that God judges it” (John 16:8 NOG).
We think that sometimes the conviction is just a word that the Holy Spirit is going to have against us. Sometimes the conviction comes as pain, a hurt, a rejection from somebody, losing our ministry, getting knocked off the podium.
I know people who rose very high in their ministry, and the Holy Spirit had to knock them down. But He did it out of love. He did it to cause restoration because had He let them continue, the pattern in which they were going, it would have ruined them.
“Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will]” (Revelation 3:19 AMP).
Sometimes we think the Holy Spirit ruins us. No, He saves us. It is the Devil that is out to get you. Never get that wrong. The Devil condemns, the Lord restores. But sometimes, in the restoration, it’s going to hurt.
When a mommy or daddy spank a toddler so that they don’t touch a hot oven, the toddler, all it knows is I got spanked and it hurts. But what the mommy and daddy know is that they saved the toddler from a lifetime of being scarred and maimed by the hot oven.
“And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: ‘My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives’” (Hebrews 12:5-6 NKJV).
Your Father has the eternal perspective for your life. Let Him, allow Him, yield to Him, lean into Him. Ask Him, “Father, search my heart, what am I doing wrong, what would You have me do? How can I live Father? How can I live Father, for You?”
Blessings to you,