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PostSubject: November 11, 2009   Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:10 pm

Joyce Meyer

The Blessings of Conviction

November 11
And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment.
John 16:8

Jesus told the disciples that when the Holy Spirit came, He would have an intimate, personal ministry to them. One of the things the Holy Spirit is responsible for is guiding believers into all truth, and He is the agent in the process of sanctification in believers' lives. This is partially accomplished by His convicting powers. In other words, every time we are getting off track or going in a wrong direction the Holy Spirit convicts us that our behavior or decision is wrong.

This is accomplished by a "knowing" in our spirit that what we are doing is not right. When you and I feel convicted, we should repent and change our direction. If we know how to and are willing to cooperate with the Holy Spirit, we can move on to spiritual maturity and release all the planned blessings of God in our lives. If, however, we ignore this conviction and go our own way, we will find the way very hard and difficult.

Satan does not want us to receive conviction, nor does he even want us to understand it. He always has a counterfeit for all the good things that God offers—something somewhat like what God offers, but which, if received, will bring destruction instead of blessing. I believe Satan's counterfeit for true godly conviction is condemnation. Condemnation always produces feelings of guilt. It makes us feel "down" in everyway. We feel "under" something heavy, which is where Satan wants us.

God, on the other hand, sent Jesus to set us free, to give us righteousness, peace, and joy (See Romans 14:17). Our spirits should be light and carefree, not oppressed and heavy with burdens that we are unable to bear. We cannot bear our sins; Jesus came to bear them. He alone is able to do so, and we must receive His ministry.

From the book New Day, New You: 365 Devotions for Enjoying Everyday Life by Joyce Meyer. Copyright ©️ 2007 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.
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PostSubject: Re: November 11, 2009   Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:23 pm

In the above devotional she states, "Satan always has a counterfeit for all the good things". His counterfeit is condemnation. How often do I feel something heavy is on my heart, soul or spirit? Feeling that heavy boulder is Satan's counterfeit. I could picture Satan standing in front of a store selling counterfeit money. Now if he really was, would I take the money? Nope. So, why would I just accept another form of counterfeit instead?

I enjoy Joyce Meyer's ministry. Her devotionals really make you think. The verbage is always revelant.
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