February 25, 2018

Sermon October 13, 2013: The Transforming Accuser

DSCN9280 Have you ever been called into the principal’s office? The boss’ office? Did you deserve it? When you get called in to the office, you usually feel like you’re in trouble. Thoughts come to mind, like: “What did I do?” “What did they think I did?” It is not fun to be accused.

Read John 16:5-8. “When he [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict [or accuse] the world of guilt in regard to sin…” John 16:8 [NIV]

There’s the accuser, and then there’s the Accuser. To accuse is to charge with a fault, offense, or crime. The Holy Spirit tells us “that’s not right.” He gives us a way out. The (small a) accuser is satan, the devil. He tries to discourage believers. “Is the whole Christian thing worth it?” “If God is so good, why do bad things happen?” The enemy puts these thoughts and others in the hearts and minds of believers.

Real guilt is good. That’s a way the Holy Spirit talks to us. If we do wrong and feel no guilt, that’s not good. We must turn from sin to righteousness to be prepared for judgment. The Holy Spirit tells you “That’s not right,” so you can turn and be prepared for God’s judgment, which is coming.

There is also a false guilt. If you’ve done wrong, repented, and turned away and you still feel guilty, that’s a false guilt from the devil. Remind yourself that it’s false guilt, and be done feeling guilty about those things. The enemy knows how to discourage you. Do not confuse false guilt, from satan, with real guilt, which is the Holy Spirit talking to you.

There’s also a whole other set of accusers. They are not very good at it. They don’t even try to be kind about it. They are typically destructive to people’s lives. They are us.

Does the church still believe in the transforming power of the Holy Spirit? Is He still capable of convicting sinners? Is He still capable of changing hearts? Is He still capable of creating huge transformations in people’s lives? If He is, then let’s not get in the way. Let’s not do His job for him. Let’s not be frustrated with his pace. Let’s not keep Him from doing His work in us.

Listen as Pastor Dan shares from his heart and God’s word.

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