“And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment...” (John 16:8 ESV)
The devil loves to make a detailed inventory of your failures. His job is to constantly remind you of all that’s wrong about you. Yet, no matter where you are falling short, the Holy Spirit will always remind you of what’s right about you.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin (John 16:8). The world includes all who are lawless, the unregenerate, non-believers, and unrepentant sinners (John 16:9). However, while the world is convicted of sin, we as believers are not of this world. Keep reading...
When you trusted in Jesus for your salvation, you were snatched out of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of His light (Colossians 1:13). You are an official citizen of Heaven and are subject to a totally different jurisdiction than those who are of the world.
We are not of this world (John 15:19). In Christ, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). There is nothing but light all around you. You will never hear harsh words from the Holy Spirit when you fail or fall short. Condemnation, guilt, and convicting words come from the darkness.
The word convict means to pronounce guilty. The Holy Spirit definitely convicts sinners of their sin. Yet, the Holy Spirit constantly convinces believers (you and me) of His presence and righteousness, especially when we feel abandoned or rejected (John 16:10).
Before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised His disciples to send the Holy Spirit (the Helper) to comfort them from feeling alone, abandoned, and rejected. They would need to be constantly reminded that He would always be with them (John 15:26).
The Holy Spirit is our helper (advocate). He comforts us when we hurt, strengthens us in weakness, and defends us against satan's accusations. He is not against us; He is for us (Romans 8:31) He never puts condemnation on us (Romans 8:1), but always convinces us of Christ’s unshakable love (John 15:26).
Hear me clearly... SATAN is the accuser (Revelation 12:20). He seeks to harass those who belong to God, but we are dead to his lies. We must learn through the truth of God’s grace to rightly discern whose voice is accusing us when we fail.
You may say, “But I still have issues and shortcomings." No worries. Jesus will finish what He started in you (Philippians 1:6). Besides, God doesn’t see you for what you’ve done (good or bad) but for what Christ has done. He sees you through the finished work of His Son.
You are the righteousness of God in Christ. You are just as holy and blameless as He is. In Christ, you are complete and lacking nothing. You are hidden deep in the love of Jesus. (1 John 4:17, 1 Corinthians 1:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 2:10; 3:3)
That's what's right about you!