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Discerning the Difference Between the Conviction of the Holy Spirit and Condemnation of the Enemy

“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).

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It is important for those of us who are born again Christians, to know that there is a huge difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the enemy of our faith, because it can affect how we approach life.

Please, let there be no confusion. The Holy Spirit works to convict us to push away from the ensnarement of sin (doing that which is wrong) and towards God in freedom. The condemning spirit of the enemy of our faith works to push us away from God in shame and condemnation, so we are more prone in hopelessness, to continue to do what we should NOT.

“There are two feelings we can experience after we’ve sinned. One is conviction and the other is condemnation. Conviction is from the Holy Spirit, prompting us to confess and be restored to fellowship so God can continue to bless us. Its purpose is to draw us closer to God. Condemnation is from Satan, trying to convince us that we’re no good, and that God will never forgive us. It’s purpose is to keep us away from God by making us feel guilty.

“As soon as we confess our sins, we’re forgiven and the sin is forgotten as God immediately purifies us from all unrighteousness (See: 1 John 1:9). Any bad feelings we have after that are feelings of guilt that come from Satan.

“So if you’re being drawn closer to God, you’re feeling the conviction of the Holy Spirit. But if you feel like hiding from God and begin to doubt His love for you, you’re feeling condemnation from the devil. Rebuke those feelings in the name of Jesus. Resist the devil and he’ll flee from you” (see: James 4:7-10). (Jack Kelley, of Grace Thru Faith Ministries)

Furthermore:

“There is a simple test to see if you experiencing condemnation by the enemy or gentle conviction by the Holy Spirit. Guilt and/or shame will draw you further away from the Lord deeper into sin. Conviction is the Holy Spirit nudging us to confess and turn from the sin as He provides the power to overcome” (See: Romans 2:4; Romans 8:31-39; Philippians 4:13; Luke 22:31-32). (Robin Samson of Heart of Wisdom.com)

To help you further to discern the difference between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of the devil, we are going to share with you additional principles and scriptural references that we believe will empower you in your spiritual life, your personal life, as well as your married life.

Why is this relevant to marriage? It is relevant because the condemning method of the enemy of our faith works to draw us away from the healthy thinking and actions that God wants us to embrace. And when that happens our marriages are in peril of being weakened and destroyed. When we draw towards God, we have the power of the Holy Spirit working within us to do what is good, noble, right and pure.

The following is a short study of what the Bible tells us about the character of God and the character of enemy of our faith. We pray it will inspire you to dig deeper into studying the Bible so you will rightly discern what is Truth both now and in the future.

1. Tone of the enemy of our faith: Accusing, nagging —it’s a mocking voice generating fear and shame causing confusion, projecting a sense of rejection and ministering questions like: “Has God indeed said?” He’s the father of lies (see: John 8:44). He’s deceitful, pretending to know what’s best for you.

  • TONE OF VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: Loving voice of our Father, imploring, beseeching and urging our return to Him …as we’re told in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden…” And in John 12:32 where Jesus says, “…I will draw all men to myself.”

2. The enemy of our faith’s messages are vague and general: He generates a blanketing, choking sense of general guilt, as though everything is wrong and there’s no one action you can really take to overcome. Often a sense of complete hopelessness and weakness prevails. The enemy attacks you in general. You can’t see a light at the end of the tunnel. You feel helpless and hopeless focusing on half-truths.

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT IS SPECIFIC: The Spirit says, “Fix this one thing and you’ll be free.” He commands you to take one specific action — to make a choice of your will. “And you must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which cannot profit or deliver because they’re futile. For the Lord will not abandon His people” (1 Samuel 12:21-22).The conviction of the Spirit is specific to the sin. The Spirit defends you against your over-sensitive conscience. He draws you to God.

3. Discouragement is the message of the enemy of our faith: He centers his attack on you as a person and cuts your self-image to ribbons. He pushes to agitate and provokes you to be disobedient to God (see: 1 Chronicles 21:1) and tempts you in areas of weakness. He tells you that you are weak and not one of God’s chosen ones. He tries to ruin you without cause (see: Job 2:3).

He tries to deceive (see: Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; Revelations 12:9). He continually accuses you before God (see: Revelations 12:10; Revelations 20:3). He is impatient and feeds anxious feelings.

He schemes against you sending discouragement as flaming missiles (see: Ephesians 6:16). He tries to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord (see: Acts 13:10).

4. “Remember all the past” says the enemy: The devil replays the videos of your past memories of sin and guilt and shame. He draws up accounts of your past sins, failures and offenses that are under the blood.

5. The message of the enemy is rejection as by the holiness of God: He disguises himself as an agent of holiness and an angel of light (see: 2 Corinthians 11:14). He produces the feeling that God has rejected you as unworthy and unholy. Satan speaks of God as your judge and you as a miserable sinner. He emphasizes “good works” instead of God’s grace. The message is to “do, do, do” and yet you can never “do” enough to “measure up.”

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT DRAWS YOU TO GOD: There is a pull of attraction towards God. He generates in you an unexpected kindness, love, long-suffering, forgiveness and new beginning with God’s help. The Holy Spirit speaks of your permanent relationship with God, drawing you to the Son of your Father (see: Joshua 1:8-9). The emphasis is to experience and live in God’s grace and forgiveness! He desires all men to be saved to come to the knowledge of truth (see: 1 Timothy 2:4).

6. The enemy brings negative scriptures to mind: As Shakespeare said, “The devil knows how to quote scripture to his purpose!” Satan threatens judgment and says, “Grace is denied because you didn’t fulfill the conditions!”  He uses the Law against you to justify yourself and rely on your own righteousness (see: Romans 10:3; Galatians 2:16). He comes and sometimes takes away the word which has been sown (see: Mark 4:15).

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT BRINGS POSITIVE SCRIPTURES TO YOUR REMEMBRANCE: (see: John 14:26) He speaks of the unchanging nature of God and of His steadfast love towards us. He confirms that God remains faithful to His covenant (see 1 John 1:9; Hebrews 10:23) even when we prove faithless for a time (see: 1 John 3:20). The Spirit reassures us that there is no law that is effective against those who rely on Christ’s work (see: Colossians 2:14, Psalm 25:8-14; Psalm 40:1-5). He assures us that He is our help and strength (see: Psalm 121 and Psalm 146).

7. The enemy works to isolate you: Suggestions are sown that cause you to withdraw from other Christians and works on you to think that they reject you. In your isolation, you then feel lonely, hurt, unworthy, rejected by others and angry (see: 2 Corinthians 4:4). He works to divide you from others.

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT DRAWS YOU INTO FELLOWSHIP: The Spirit sends others to minister to you in love — thus you learn to accept other’s words of encouragement and to appreciate one another and their ministry to you (see: 1 John 1:3; Hebrews 12:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25). He sends others to open your eyes to turn from darkness to light so you may receive forgiveness (see: Acts 26:18). He works to unite us in love with other believers (see Luke 22:31-32).

8. The enemy of our faith emphasizes feelings: He tells you that the way you feel is the way things really are, even if facts differ (i.e. feelings are truth!). Your feelings of guilt, despair, hopelessness and doubt of God’s love for you are made to seem real. He encourages feelings of frustration at God’s unfairness and partiality and focuses on half-truths to cajole and control you and acts as a stumbling block to set your mind on your interests above God’s.

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT STATES FACTS AND TRUTHS ABOUT YOU AND GOD: Feelings will follow faith in these facts! The Holy Spirit gives you correct doctrine and the whole truth. Learn your theology to avoid being fooled by Satan (see: Romans 16:19). The Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth to move, influence and inspire you (see: John 16:13; Matthew 10:26-28; Psalm 19; John 8:45). He will also guide you to set your mind on God’s interest instead of man’s interests (see: Matthew 16:23; Colossians 3:1-2).

9. The attack of the enemy is destructive and demoralizing: The object is to get you to curse God to his face (see: Job 2:5). He fills your heart to lie (see: Acts 5:3). He encourages selfish ambition, arrogance, lying, bitterness, jealousy and disorder (see: James 3:13-16).

10. The Devil accuses: He accuses you of having committed the unpardonable sin (see: Zechariah 3:1). He’s quick to judge and quick to accuse (see: Revelation 12:10).

THINK ABOUT IT:

What is the purpose of the enemy of our faith in accusing and condemning us? It is to draw us away from God and to render us helpless to ourselves and to others! What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit convicting us? It is to draw us to God and to each other and to help us to be all we can be!

The Enemy:

  • Speaks in half-truths
  • Pushes, agitates
  • Emphasizes: “Do, do do…”
  • Divides people
  • Encourages our willfulness against God’s ways
  • Tells us we are inadequate
  • Encourages complaining

OUR HOLY SPIRIT:

  • Is about the whole truth
  • Wants us to be anxious for nothing
  • Emphasizes: “Be, be, be…”
  • Unites people
  • Emphasizes the will of our Heavenly Father
  • Empowers us
  • Encourages contentment

The emphasis is that we’re to study all that God is in the Bible. We need to keep in mind that God is strong and He does not tolerate sin. He is our judge, but He is a fair judge who punishes and disciplines us, always wanting to draw us to Himself  —not push us away from Himself. The devil’s purpose is to pull us away from God and his people. God is straightforward and direct. The enemy is sneaky.

As you go with God, you will push away that which you should release and embrace that which you should hold onto through his guidance —with His strength.

The above article was compiled by Cindy Wright of Marriage Missions. It is a compilation of years of research and study (from personal study of scripture, various sermons she has heard, and help from others who have pointed out additional points).

Additionally, below are several web site links to articles giving additional insight into this subject that we pray will help you further. Please click onto the links to read:

WE’RE OPEN TO CONVICTION

CONDEMNATION VERSUS CONVICTION

DISCERNING GOD’S VOICE

HOW TO KNOW IF GOD’S THE ONE WHO’S SPEAKING

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33 Responses to “Discerning the Difference Between the Conviction of the Holy Spirit and Condemnation of the Enemy”
  1. Anne says:

    (CANADA)  Thanks a lot for this message. I’ve realised how much of the enemy’s voice I’ve been listening to. I knew it was wrong but even the strength to pray has been wiped out because I feel ashamed and guilty because God has been so faithful to me.

    I’ve been thinking that God must be so tired of me coz I confess what I feel and ask for forgiveness then I just let go of His hand. Please pray for me for the enemy is really attacking me. Even praying with my husband is something I feel I can’t do anymore coz my heart is not right. Any advice for me from anybody I’ll be grateful. Please continue praying for me and for my husband too for his walk with God to be stronger than it is. Thank you all. Cindy, is there anything you can recommend? God bless you all love you all.

    • Keith from United States says:

      I know what you are talking about, it has been happening to me too. Satan will creep in and try to kill, steal and destroy. Just ask GOD to bring about his will in your heart and your life and give you a sincere desire to put GOD first always in all situations. I prayed for you. May GOD bless you.

  2. Cindy Wright says:

    (USA) Hi Anne, Bless your heart! I’ve sure “been there and have done that” as far as listening to the enemy’s voice. I’ve also allowed the enemy to convince me that “God must be so tired of me” at various times in my life, like what you said.

    But think about it… are you tired of your children when they earnestly come to you asking for the help that you told them you would give freely and willingly? And think about it… God isn’t just a bigger and better version of human-beings. He doesn’t tire like we do and the Bible tells us that He is patient and long-suffering with His children. Because He is God, He has an endless reserve of love and patience and willingness to help us in the ways that we need it. If we need chastisement, He will do that out of love as our Heavenly Father. If He is silent for a time, then we need to consider that there is a reason and we need to persevere in faith — trusting our Father’s heart.

    If you feel “ashamed and guilty” because of God’s faithfulness, then ask God if those feelings are from Him or the enemy. We’re told in the Bible to “test the spirits” because the enemy of our faith is deceitful. He also comes disguised “as an angel of light” — which basically tells us that sometimes we think we’re dealing with God and we aren’t. It’s a “false light” that we’re dealing with. If we’re earnestly seeking God and we’ve confessed what we should and are repentant, and if we feel driven to hesitate from praying, then from what I read in the Bible, there is a false spirit at work from which we need to flee.

    Anne, I don’t know what you have going on in your life, and to be honest, I don’t have to know. God knows. Go to Him always and without hesitation. He will not reject a willing heart.

    As far as resources that I can recommend on this, there are so many. And hopefully, someone else will respond to your asking. For one resource that I would recommend, you’ll have to wait until the Marriage Message comes out on Saturday. (I will be posting it on the web site on the front page on Sunday.) It will be Marriage Message #24 (I’m swapping out the one that we currently have in that place and am writing “How Big is Your God — Marriage Message #24″). I’ve been working on this for a while. It will tell of some resources you can view and/or obtain on the Internet (ones that you can’t obtain through Marriage Missions). If you have questions afterward, ask at that time and I’ll do the best I can.

    Also, I’m presently reading a book that came highly recommended to me. So far I’ve only read the Foreword… but it looks really good and it’s a “New York Times Bestseller” with over 2 million copies in print. It’s called “The Shack” by William Paul Young, published by Windblown Media. You can get it on Amazon.com. And if you go through the window on the front page of our web site, Amazon.com will give us a small percentage of the cost from their profit (which we use to help support the ministry of Marriage Missions). Anything you get by going through our web site on Amazon (whether it’s a book or whatever) they will give Marriage Missions a small percentage. But whether you do this or get the book elsewhere, the book looks good and I think I can recommend it without hesitation.

    One of the reviews I read says it “will leave you craving for the presence of God.” Another says “This story reads like a prayer — like the best kind of prayer filled with sweat and wonder and transparency and surprise. If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it.” And that’s what I want to tell you. This is fiction. I don’t normally read fiction because I have so many non-fiction books I’m trying to read. But this came so highly recommended and I heard the author speak about this book and was impressed, I thought that because of the theme of this book, I’d read it.

    Another reviewer said, that she read it “during a very difficult transition” in her life. She said “this story has blown the door wide open to my soul.” I can’t speak much for the book because I haven’t read it, but it sounds interesting and I sure was impressed with the Foreword. You might try it.

    Another thing I would encourage you to do is to ask your pastor and other Christian people that you respect for recommendations.

    And lastly, something that really helps me is to stay in God’s word. I go to a Woman’s Bible Study (actually 2 different ones) that keeps me in the word of God. I will tend to get lazy in my study time and will find ways to eventually procrastinate because I’m so “busy” — which is true in some ways — but I know that I should never get so busy that I don’t MAKE the time to “rightly” study the word of God as we’re told to do in 2 Timothy 2:15 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17. I’ve taught quite a few studies (so it will force me to study more diligently) but for now, I attend one instead and it still forces me to study diligently.

    The main Bible Study I go to is a Beth Moore study using her DVD’s and workbooks. It meets at a church. Currently we are studying “A Woman’s Heart… God’s Dwelling Place” and it is steeped in scripture study and is very challenging. (The other study I go to is one that involves worship, singing, and Bible reading — with no particular theme to it — other than pure worship and praise with other women. It meets in a woman’s home that is located close to ours. I feel like I get a good balance between both meetings.)

    I encourage you to seek out other believers who are studying the word of God so you can use them for accountability. This will “stir you on to love and good deeds” as the Bible talks about as you “assemble together.” If that won’t work for you, ask God to point out to you what will. This will help you so you might not go through as many “dry” times spiritually. I find that if we don’t find ways to spur us on to keep seeking God’s heart, we can get off track sometimes. It sounds like this is what has happened to you. I certainly can’t “throw stones” because as I said, I’ve been there before myself, but hopefully what I’ve just written will help in some ways as a woman of God, a wife, and a mother. May God bless you as you seek His heart!

  3. Anne says:

    (CANADA)  Hi Cindy thanks a lot for all your help. Trust me I felt so much better to see that someone else has gone through the same thing and understands that it’s not easy nor is it a good feeling. I’m praying to find a prayer or bible study group. I know they have them in our church but my shifts are in the evening so it’s hard to go. Pray for me so that God may provide a way and for Him to help me find a group that works for me.

    I’ll get that book you recommended, for now I’m reading the POWER OF A POSITIVE WIFE which I found out from this site on one of the resources. I just started it and so far it’s good. What I need to learn and discipline myself is to really work on following the word of God coz my heart truly yearns for a better relationship with Him and I know it’s also good for my marriage. Thank you so much and for your prayers. God bless and I’ll update you as I go through this journey of truly being a woman of God.

  4. LT says:

    (USA)  A really good Christian book to read, if you want a deeper relationship with God and/or you are going through a crisis and wondering of the meaning for it in your life, is "Shattered Dreams" by Larry Crabb. I found it very eye-opening and well worth the read for any Christian seeking something deeper. God bless.

  5. David says:

    (SOUTH AFRICA)  Dear Cindy, I thank God for you writing this inspired article and message! Thank you so much! It came at the right time in my life and I asked God to forgive and forget my past sins. I want to walk daily (moment by moment) with Him -His Holy Spirit to help and guide me in my personal relationship while here on earth!

    I thank God through Jesus that He enfolds me with His loving arms of forgiveness and healing! Please pray for an annointing on my will to remain loyal, honest and just. He is my rest and leads me daily in the paths of righteousness! The freedom that He gives is a healing balm to my soul! Please pray for me continuously. I asked God to protect me from temptations in my thoughts, words and deeds! God bless and annoint your work!

  6. Vimbai says:

    (ZIMBABWE)  Hi Cindy, I loved this article the most. God brought me to it, I can assure you of that. For it is the Holy Spirit that leads to all truth and the truth shall set us free. I am free indeed. I have realized the voice that I had been listening to was the enemy.

    First, it pushes me to do what is not right and then clouds me with a guilty conscience to the extent that I feel like I’m not worthy to be God’s child. I feel like God has forgiven me enough to keep on forgiving, especially when I keep repeating the same mistake. Talking to God will be so difficult and I end up not praying or saying a short prayer.

    When my breakthroughs face a miscarriage I would think I deserve it because I have done something that is against God’s will. I would really feel like hiding out from everyone, even my own church. The enemy would steal God’s Word from my heart and I would forget all the lovely scriptures I confessed about the goodness of God. Though another voice will be telling me to keep on trusting and believing God for he has forgiven me, the enemy’s voice seem to be heavier. But I thank God today that he has talked to me. He has raised me up again and I am going forward, never to backslide again.
    May God bless you Cindy.

  7. Lizzy says:

    (UK)  I absolutely agree with this and that the Holy Spirit convicts and brings us closer to God, where as the enemy condemns and pushes us further away. I was on a Christian forum today discussing this and I had written a few similiar things to this and so finding this is confirmation. I also got opposition on the forum and saw the tactics you have mentioned here such as speaking half truths, causing division, encouraging complaining and encouraging willfulness against God. I felt I had written what needed to be said and then come away, and not get involved in this further, which is the enemy winding things up. I feel lifted up by reading this here and it must have been God led, that has encouraged me. Thank you.

  8. Matthew says:

    (AUSTRALIA)  Thank you for that. I wish for the power of God to change my bad habits within me; to stop the cycle of pornography and alcohol and to keep the Sabbath Day holy.

  9. Jose says:

    (U.S.A)  I don’t feel conviction of the Holy Spirit or the condemnation of the enemy. What’s wrong with me?

    • Alicia says:

      (UK)  You have to have faith without questioning God. If you have doubt that can hinder you from walking with him.

  10. Temmy says:

    (NIGERIA)  Kudos! I love this article. Conviction also comes along with the grace to obey, but sometimes we miss our path by comparing ourselves with other believers or great preachers forgetting that Christianity is a very personal relationship with God.

    For Jose, if you are born again already, you might have gone through it without recognizing it. You must pass through conviction before becoming born again. Conviction is that process that makes you realize you were a sinner and needed a savior to change you. Condemnation happens when the devil tries to confuse you and make you believe you are stil guilty and God has not forgiven you.

  11. Susan says:

    (USA)  I am constantly rereading things that I know but I need reminding. Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

    I was born again when I was 16, walked alway at 18 and 10 years later I realized what I had done and wanted to make my heart right with God again. A month after that I realized I didn’t have that same joy in the Lord as I did when I was 16 and went to the Bible and came across Hebrews 6:4-6, Hebrews 10:26-29?

    And now for the past 2 years been struggling to believe I have been forgiven. Yet I know it is only the goodness of God that leads us to repentance and I know Jesus said that all the the Father gives him, he will in no wise cast out. 1 John 1:9 says if we confess our sins, Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. My heart sinks so much and I am without peace. Yet I want to say there are times that I really believe God is working on me. I just ask that you guys keep me in prayer and that I will through God over come this once and for all.

    • Osvaldo says:

      (USA) Susan, please, do not worry as the text says “who have fallen away” and “deliberately keep on sinning”…”But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear” (Zechariah 7:11). None applies to you, otherwise you would not be here! The promise to every backsliding Christian is to, “Return to Me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts” (Mal. 3:7). Acknowledge your sin, turn from it, trust in the Lord for forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to take control of your mind, heart and daily life. Jesus says, “Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—UNLESS you repent” (Rev. 2:5).

      Thanks be to God that He is merciful and able to heal backsliding, as in the prodigal son story in Luke 15:11-32. He even goes after His backslidden children saying, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God” (Jeremiah 3:22). Hosea 14:4 says that God “will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.” And again, we read that those who turn to the Lord with all their heart “were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls” (I Peter 2:25).

      It is reassuring that the Bible clearly teaches that the truly spiritual regenerate can never be lost. We are his forever children. Once his child by the new birth, always his child. However we can lose our fellowship with God and our effectiveness in Christian service. The God of all grace has provided a bar of soap; let’s use it often (1 John 1:6-10; 1 John 2:2).

  12. Tanissian says:

    (UNITED STATES)  I really don’t understand…is there a difference between being saved and having the holy ghost?

    • Reginald says:

      (GEORGIA) Know there is a difference, it’s just when we give our lives to Christ, then the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost comes to live in us: Romans 8:9; Galatians 3:2-6; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17.

  13. Assilam says:

    (GUYANA)  Amazing, just what I needed to read. Just this morning I was feeling condemned by the devil but no more because my Redeemer lives and He will forever be on my side. Glory be to God.

  14. CASSANDRA says:

    (KENYA) A very timely message. Thank you for the information.

  15. Chelsea says:

    (USA) Thank you for this! I was looking online for something I could find to help comfort my brother’s heart. He has been a complete mess all day, convinced that God told him he was condemned to hell and nothing could ever fix it. Hell is unbelievably scary and my brother has been flooded with fear and guilt, truly believing God made that permanent decision. This web site hit directly to what was going on and I am so thankful God directed me to this site. I believe it gave my brother the comfort and information he needed to identify the devil in disguise. Truly amazing. Thank you.

    • Cindy Wright says:

      May God minister to your brother’s heart and help him to discern in the future, the difference between the condemnation of the enemy of our faith and the conviction of the Holy Spirit. When we mess up –when we sin, God lets us know that what we did was wrong and there are sometimes consequences to pay (sometimes by His grace, He lessens them). But God is ALWAYS is willing and waiting to accept us back to love us as His own, if we confess and repent and draw close to Him for guidance. I pray for your brother that he senses God’s love for him and His willingness to always walk with him as he puts his hand and life into God’s. I pray peace and hope for him –that he will experience better days ahead –ones that will bring a smile to his heart.

  16. Clay from United States says:

    This webpage has been a huge help to me. I cannot thank you enough. Everyone should read and contemplate exactly what you have written. Exorcising the inner demons is probably the hardest thing to do in life. Certainly, it is one of them. The great deceiver is really cunning but the love of God will ALWAYS win. Love is the most powerful gift God gave us. Thanks.

  17. Aleks from United States says:

    Hi, so I’m very scared. I wonder if I’m saved or not. I believe that I am because my life has completely changed ever since I gave it to Jesus last summer but now I keep getting thoughts that I’m not, that I’ve been rejecting the Holy Spirit and JESUS and that I don’t know JESUS and he doesn’t know me. And I’m really scared because I know when the Holy Spirit is talking to me, like for some reason he keeps saying to me “I am with you always to the very end of the age.” And I keep hearing “You are a child of God” but I don’t know if that’s true or not and these thoughts and things really scare me.

    Like whenever I am looking for a boo about JESUS or faith I seem to get so scared that what if I’m not saved yet and then I don’t want to look at the book anymore because I’m scared it’s true and then I wonder all this time have I even known God or the Holy Spirit and I’ve prayed the sinners prayer and want to follow Jesus but I’m just plagued by this fear that I’m not saved and it scares the crap out of me. My youth leaders keep telling me that I am just by how the Holy Spirit has produced fruit of the spirit in my life and how Jesus had completely changedy life, my habits and all the things I used to do.

    Please help and get back to me as soon as possible, I’m so scared and if I’m not saved I want to become saved. Whenever I pray the sinners prayer I feel like I didn’t say the right words so I don’t know what to do and I don’t know if the Holy Spirit is convicting me or if Satan is condemning me. I have no clue an I really need to know. Please get back to me as soon as possible!!!

    • Steve Wright from United States says:

      Aleks: First, when you say your “life was completely changed ever since I gave it to Jesus last summer…” I believe you were sincere and that you are born again. It is perfectly natural to have doubts because the enemy of our faith – Satan – is the accuser, the liar, the deceiver. He will try anything to keep a sincere Christ-follower from being an effective witness; and his best tool is to get us to “doubt” our salvation.

      It’s not just enough to be born again, you also need to be in a fellowship with other believers who can encourage you and help you to grow through Bible study, worship, and more. I’m guessing you aren’t in close fellowship with other Christians or you haven’t expressed your doubts to a pastor or anyone who can help you process through this stage.

      At the same time, I want you to be able to know for sure you are, in fact, a child of the living God, and that Jesus saved you from all of your sins. Go back to the Home Page of our web site and scroll down, and in the right margin you will see a blue box that says, “Seeking Direction? Purpose? Hope? Find it Now!” When you click on that box it opens up to a page that has a number of “helps” and resources you can use to help you know “for sure” you are secure in your faith.

      There are three links: “Need Him,” “How to Know Christ Personally” and “COMING HOME: An Invitation to Join God’s Family.” Any of them would prove to be helpful to you, but we would recommend you especially make sure you go into the “Need Him” link. They have the ability for you to talk with someone about your questions, doubts, and they can pray with you. There is someone available 24-hours a day. So, I would encourage you, Aleks, to contact them.

      But afterward, please follow through to find a good Bible believing, teaching, living church. The enemy of our faith likes it when we’re isolated from other Christians because that’s when he can really get us to doubt and question our faith. Also, open your Bible and read it every day. If you look in the back of your Bible you’ll find a Concordance and it lists words and topics in the Bible. Look up the word, “assurance” and then read all of the verses that talk about the assurance we have as Christ-followers. Or, look up the word, “believe” and then read all of the verses about that.

      Aleks, you can go to God any time with your doubts or fears. He understands and all He wants to do is love on you and help you grow in your faith. I pray you’ll take the next step and find what you’ve been looking for all along. We’re praying for you. Blessings in Christ!

    • Berth-el from United States says:

      Dearest Aleks, Receiving Christ as your Savior means you believe He has paid the debt for all your sins that you owe. He paid it for you. Then He placed His garment of righteousness on you. It was washed in blood and made pure and clean. You are wearing His righteousness on you, covering penalty.

    • Berth-el from United States says:

      You are wearing His righteousness right now. His Word gives a definite command. This is not a suggestion but a command. “Be ye holy for I am holy.” That word is “BE”. It didn’t say “do”. You are declared holy, and now you have the POWER to be what Christ has already made you to be. The enemy has already been defeated so tell him to, “GET BEHIND ME SATAN!” then make your decision to live out that holiness and righteousness in your character in your life.

      Seek an intimate relationship with the Lord. Long for time spent in His Word. Crave for His presence to be experienced every moment of your life. Love Him more than you have loved anyine or anything in your life. As you seek this closeness, you will experience all this. Your character will look more like Jesus Christ every day and the Holy Spirit living in you will (guess what?!) DRAW MANY PEOPLE TO HIM!!!

  18. Oluwaseun from United States says:

    I am a student and single but engaged, a Nigerian. I always have this condemnation in me whenever I visit my fiancé. Because the unexpected happens when we are romancing till we are both naked. It always pricks my heart that I have sinned. Please help me out. How can we stop it because I will be going there in two months time and I don’t want such to happen again.

    • Keith from United States says:

      Pray to GOD to not give in to lust because it is of the devil. It is called fornication in the Bible, and it says those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of GOD. GOD can take those feelings away, he did it for me and my girlfriend. May GOD bless you and keep you.

  19. Caleb from United States says:

    Hey mate, I was wondering about this and it’s always been a double sided answerable question but I want to hear it from a christian… Is there such thing as darkness that is holy? I am totally anti-satanic and in the future I plan to be a Christian …I’m 14 years old and am confused on this thought because people think I’m satanic and if there is not a holy darkness I will totally invest in having no part of it. And if my email is hypocritical I deeply apologize and you are a good person for believing in God.

    • Keith from United States says:

      There is no darkness at all in CHRIST. He is the light of the world. Do not follow darkness; that is satan. Give your life to CHRIST now before it’s too late. Don’t wait. We are not guaranteed to live any longer, only by GOD’S grace are we alive. GOD is good all the time. Have a blessed day.

  20. Cindy Wright says:

    Actually, I wrote the original post, but I’m glad that it is being shared by others throughout the world in different forums. The inspiration comes from the Holy Spirit, so He truly deserves the credit. Thank you Lord!

  21. Ann from United States says:

    I am grateful for this article too! It has been very helpful. It’s very accurate and brings clarity to mind. Thank you so much for taking the time out to write and share with us!

  22. Keith from United States says:

    Thank you Father GOD in Heaven.

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  1. Contributor says:

    Thanks to Ryan who brought this post to my attention. For those of us who are learning to discern the messages we hear internally, this is a great guide. The original post is located here: http://fightclublife.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/discerning-the-difference-between-the-conviction-of-the-holy-spirit-and-condemnation-of-the-enemy/



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