7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do? - First Two... We can talk about the others in a seperate thread. This really made an impact on my wife and I so I figured I'd share with Worthy... Feedback?
7 Things the Holy Spirit Doesn’t Do?
By: Bas in Amsterdam
What do you think is the most important thing about you?
What you think about God is the foundation of your beliefs about life, family, identity, purpose, etc. Then your beliefs, in turn, set the course for how you live your life. In other words, your view of God affects every decision you make and every action you take.
In this post we’ll take a look at our view of the Holy Spirit. You’ll find it is often shaped by old covenant traditions rather than new covenant truths.
Seeing the Holy Spirit through the lens of grace without a mixture of law allows revelation of the Holy Spirit and His work to become clear.
Here is a list of 7 things the Holy Spirit most definitely does not do.
He does not:
1. Convict you of your sin
Jesus has forgiven all your sins – past, present, future – by the sacrifice of Himself (Heb. 9:26, 1 John 2:2). How could the Holy Spirit convict you of something that is done away with? How could He convict you of something He chooses not to remember (Heb. 10:17)?
John 16:8-10 says that the Holy Spirit convicts unbelievers of the sin of unbelief in Jesus but that He convicts you, as a believer, of your righteousness. (for more on this see – “God will not convict believers of sin!”
He shows you that you are acting like someone else when you sin by convicting you of who you really are. There is a reason you sense an internal conflict when you sin. It is the Holy Spirit reminding you of who you are. Making you aware of the fact that you are not acting according to your righteous nature.
He isn’t a Fault finder who is pointing out your faults. He’s called the Comforter for a reason.
2. Empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness)
“Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him“ (Col. 2:6).
Did you fast, pray or act holy to receive Jesus?
I don’t think so.
You received His Spirit by faith, not by works (Gal. 3:14).
Just as you’ve done nothing for your justification, so you need to do nothing for your sanctification. You can’t work at your sanctification because there’s nothing you can do that can make you more sanctified.
The Holy Spirit doesn’t empower you to strive for sanctification (or holiness) through fasting, praying, acting holy etc. Rather He empowers you to rest in the fact you are already sanctified.
Trust in the fact you have been sanctified and allow Christ to live His holy life through you (Heb. 10:14).