Ten Insights That Will Help You Recognize The Voice Of Condemnation And Cease Accusing Yourself

Published: 17th August 2015
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Recognizing truth is the wind in the sails of our life in Christ. Every truth is a torch that shows us the next good action , the signal fire that points us safely and securely to our journey's end. No one who has met Jesus wishes to walk in confusion and darkness. The Lord is the light of the world! His ways are mercy-filled and up-lifting.

But the truth is, we live in the faulty light of our own minds, attempting as best we can manage to make sense of events, to make sense of what just went wrong and to determine the right way forward. Into this opportunity for turmoil the enemy loves to ensnare us with vilifications designed to compel us to feel guilty, upbraided, and stripped of inner peace.

The Spirit of the Lord assists us by "convicting" us of false steps and "convincing" us of the truth we need to follow. Unfortunately, the "Accuser of the brethren" is unflinching at dumping condemnation on us whenever we get something wrong. Both of them sound like our own concerns speaking within us. How can you tell the difference between conviction by the Living God and condemnation by the adversary? Understanding these ten distinctions will give you more victories!

1. Conviction reveals the issue, uncouples us from it and shows us the at path of resolution--at the same time letting us know that we are accepted anyway. Condemnation ties us to the problem, creates no separation in between us and the sin and reveals no way forward--while all along bullying us with judgment. We desperately need to learn to discern the difference!

2. Conviction brought to us by the Holy Spirit softly underlines true guilt. The enemy, on the other hand, loves to heap on false guilt--making us feel called down even when we have done nothing wrong. Beyond this, even in situations of unquestionable guilt where there is no confusion that we have sinned, the dark one dumps loads of fear, blame and odium upon us endeavoring to make the whole process of repentance seem loathsome and to make God appear like an attacker.

3. The Holy Spirit knows that grace exists. Our Helper is the "Remembrancer" who loves to help us recollect who our Savior is and all that He has won for us. The tempter, on the other hand, murmurs that no grace exists--most certainly not for these errors. Don't tune in to him!

4. Conviction leads to contrition. You grow sorrowful that you sinned and that you hurt others through your selfish ways. Such contrition bolsters spiritual health and it always causes change. Condemnation, on the other hand, leads to feeling good-for-nothing. It wishes to have you look upon yourself as a "sorry sinner." It keeps you stuck in a negative cycle of guilt and self-despair.

5. The Spirit of God pin points your error. He speaks with you as a friend and gently says, "That was wrong." The adversary maligns who you are as a person. He regards you as an enemy and constantly brings charges that "You are bad.".

6. The Holy Spirit lights up your steps in life by explaining, convincing and correcting. The evil one wants to overshadow your understanding with self-blaming worries to ensure you may not discover your way.

7. The intention of conviction by the Spirit is to teach and lead you. He loves for you to gain and grow. You feel enthusiastic about your destiny and your spiritual life. The evil one uses condemnation to castigate you and to get you feeling distressed and beyond recall. He wants to get you to quit.

8. The Holy Spirit switches on the lights. A distinct error is always cleared up. This brings repentance. However, our Accuser obscures everything he does in darkness. A fog of widespread wrongness sinks in. This enlarges confusion.

9. Clear conviction always feels graceful and absolutely right. You may not be willing to repent, but you are already agreeing with the truths the Spirit is instructing you. Condemnation feels excessive and wrong. You could be eager to confess to all sorts ofthings, but you still can't get free.

10. Acknowledging and forsaking true sins brings spiritual recovery and freedom from true guilt. We are loosed by acknowledging the sin and by receiving God's forgiveness. Holding out against the allegations of sham guilt produces liberation from condemnation. We are set free by believing the truth and by holding out against the adversary any time we feel falsely accused.

Now, do you see the contrast? That's discernment! Condemnation is a fallen way of the world and it's soul-killing. Conviction is the way of the Lord. It restores inner peace and powers up our life in Christ!


Steve Evans seeks to help people regain their inward peace, so their life in Christ can become a healing stream. The main lessons of his popular workshop, Matters of the Heart, are free online. Start now and receive your free copy of his insightful ebook, An Illustrated Guide to the Spiritual Life.

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