Condemnation and conviction can sound very similar to a new believer… and even to some of us who are mature in the faith! The voice, or “unction” within you gives you an uneasy feeling. It is present when we have either done something that we know we shouldn’t have, or we are about to do something wrong. Yet is that voice that we are hearing condemning us, or convicting us? This is something that is very important to be able to discern over, as one is the voice of Satan, and the other, the Holy Spirit.
If it is about something that happened in the past that you haven’t let go of, or still feel guilty over, but have repented for- then it’s Satan. Once we’ve asked for forgiveness, we are washed by the blood of the Lamb. God remembers it no more. And neither should we. We shouldn’t live in condemnation- especially repeated condemnation- because it can lead to a stronghold over one’s life. Once it’s there, it can be difficult to break, and may move us further from God because we no longer feel worthy to be in His presence.
Conviction- When The Holy Spirit Speaks
The Holy Spirit will convict us when we sin, or are about to do something wrong. It’s that still, soft, quiet voice that tells you what you are about to do is wrong. And your inner man bears witness. You know deep down that you shouldn’t do something, but ignore the prompting anyway. This is where we fall into sin and disobedience.
Terra Lewis goes into depth into the topic of condemnation versus conviction. Terra contrasts the two, and provides insight into each subject. You will be able to learn whether it is the voice of Satan attempting to hold you captive, or the Holy Spirit warning you. Additionally, strongholds will be discussed, and how they can be broken. We answer the question as to when condemnation becomes a stronghold in a believer’s life, and the type of strongholds that can be developed.
This feature, and many more on What We Were Never Told About The Demonic in our next issue coming out on December 27, 2018.