Enslaved by the Spirit of Your Conviction
A spiritual conviction is usually a deep-seated conviction, and can rob you of the liberty in Christ. Our spiritual convictions primarily originate from our cultural and spiritual upbringings.
During our upbringing our parents and pastors, as well as our Sunday school teachers would teach us according to their interpretations of the Bible. This they do with all good intentions, and to the best of their ability.
However, most spiritual teachings, including some Christian teachings, are based on the traditions of ancestors, and are devoid of the knowledge of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. This was also the case with the Apostle Paul before his conversion to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 1:13, 14; Acts 9:1-6).
The Liberty of the Holy Spirit
The Apostle Paul teaches in 2Cor. 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” We can learn from 2Cor. 3:17 that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit and, that where the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ is there is liberty.
The word “liberty” is translted from the Greek word “Eleutheria” which means legitimate or licentious freedom, but chiefly moral or ceremonial freedom.
This means that when you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you are free from all the Laws of the Pentateuch including its ceremonials. Therefore, you are not judged, nor condemned before God according to the Law of Moses.
However, if you insist on being justified through the Laws of the Pentateuch, then Christ is become of no effect unto you, and you are fallen from grace (Gal. 5:4).
In Gal. 3:13, 14 we learn that, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
The Blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham is a blessing free from any obligation towards the Law of Moses. Even so, the blessing of Abraham has one obligation. That obligation is recorded in Gen. 17:1 where God says, “…walk before me, and be thou perfect.”
The word “perfect” is translated from the Hebrew word “tâmı̂ym” which means to be literally, figuratively or morally complete. It also means to be a person of integrity and truth. A person of integrity and truth will bear the fruits of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (Gal. 5:22, 23).
When these traits of the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ are present in you, then there is no law in Heaven or earth, and even in hell that can judge and condemn you (Rom. 8:1, 2).
Bearing the fruit of the Spirit is a natural process. You don’t bear the fruit of the Spirit by exerting your own strength. This also applies to the works of the flesh. You do not have to put in any effort to produce the works of the flesh.
When we walk before the face of the devil we will by nature be children of wrath. The children of wrath by nature produce the works of the flesh. The works of the flesh are the character of the children of wrath. The character of the children of wrath is likened to a troubled and restless sea whose waters bring up mire and dirt (Isa. 57:20, 21).
The gist of Gen. 17:1 is that when you walk before the Face of God in Jesus Christ you will by nature be perfect and without condemnation – even if you falter.
The Fear of Your Conviction
Ps. 34:7 says, “The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” The word ‘encampeth’ is translated from the Hebrew word chânâh which means specifically to pitch a tent, and generally to encamp for abode or siege. The word “fear” here in Ps. 34:7 is translated from the Hebrew word “yaw-ray” which means to be morally reverent to, that is, to worship.
So we can learn from Ps. 34:7 that when you worship a spirit, you become enslaved to the spirit of your conviction, even to the point where you fear that you will offend that spirit. Therefore, you will walk in reverence and worship towards the spirit of your faith, even if that spirit is not the Spirit of God, and does not teach according to the Gospel of the Glory of Jesus Christ.
The “Angel of the Lord” in Ps. 34:7 refers to the Holy Spirit. Ps. 34:7 is also in line with Luke 1:35 where the Angel of the Lord describes the experience when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, “…The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.” The word “overshadow” here in Luke 1:35 is translated from the Greek word “episkiazō” which means to envelop in a haze of brilliancy, and figuratively to invest with preternatural influence. It is the same with any spirit that you believe in. You are overshadowed with supernatural influence by the power of the spirit of your conviction.
When you are convicted of a spirit, you may very well be prepared to die for that spirit. So you need to be sure that your faith is not in error, and not in a spirit other than the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom. 8:9 says, “…Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
When the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ comes upon you, He “encamps” you, that is, He surrounds and overshadows you with the brilliant Light and Power of the Glory of God. And so, by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ, you will know how to walk in truth.
Also, there is no fear and anxiety, or goosebumps in the presence of the Holy Spirit. The fear of the Holy Spirit of God in Christ Jesus is clean, and with intense power and strength (Ps. 19:9; Eph. 6:10).
The Power of the Spirit of Your Conviction
The moment you begin to believe in a god, irrespective of your age, you become spiritually active. Therefore, you will have an encounter with that spirit of your faith. And without exception, that spirit of your faith will present itself to you in whatever form of a god you perceive it to be. If you believe in Mother Mary, that spirit will appear unto you as Mother Mary. If you believe in an ancestor, that spirit will appear unto you in the form of one of your ancestors, etc.
A spirit can change into any form or shape. The spirit of your conviction can appear as a snake, a bird, a stone, or a human being, and even as the sun.
As a believer in Christ Jesus, the Son of God, you are taught in 1Cor. 2:5 that, “…your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” Hence, you should know the power of God. For it is only the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ and His Angels that can appear in the Power of God. The power and strength of the Holy Spirit of God invariably appears with the heavens opened, and with the brilliant Light of the Glory of God.
In Mark 12:24 our Lord Jesus said unto the Sadducees, “Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?” Mark 12:24 tells us that we err when we do not understand the Scriptures, and we also err when we do not know the power of God.
There is only one way that you can determine if the spirit of your conviction is the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that is by the power of that spirit. In 1Cor. 4:19, 20 the Apostle Paul says to the Corinthians, “But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” The only way that you can know the Power of the Holy Spirit of the Kingdom of God is when you have received the Holy Spirit of Christ.
In Phil. 3:9-12 the Apostle Paul says that he wants to be, “…found in him (in Christ), not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection… but I follow after (the righteousness which is of God by faith in Jesus Christ), if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” The words “apprehend” and “apprehended” in this shortened passage of Scripture are translated from the Greek word ‘katalambanō’ which means to “take eagerly”, that is, to seize and possess, literally or figuratively.
When the Apostle Paul says that he has been apprehended by our Lord Jesus, he refers to when he encountered, or received, the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus in Acts 26:13-18. In Acts 26:13 he says, “At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me.” Any encounter with the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is always in the Power of the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. This is so that the believer in Jesus Christ may know the Glory of God in truth.
The Holy Spirit and the Power of God
The “encounter with the Angel of the Lord” (as the Holy Spirit is also described in Ps. 34:7) will mean that you have “received” the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. This encounter with the Holy Spirit and the Power of God is also described in the following verses of Scripture:
- In Acts 26:13 by the Apostle Paul as the Light of the Glory of God “shining round about” him.
- In Ps. 34:7 by King David as being “encampeth round about”.
- In Luke 1:35 by the Angel of the Lord as “the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee”.
- In Phil. 3:12 by the Apostle Paul as being “apprehended of Christ Jesus”.
- In Gal. 1:16 by the Apostle Paul as the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, being revealed in him.
Gal. 1:15, 16 read, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me…” The word “reveal” here in Gal. 1:16 have been translated from the Greek word “apokaluptō” which means to take off the cover.
This cover refers to that veil of death in Satan which we can learn about in Isa. 25:7, 8. In Isa. 25:7, 8 the Word of God says, “And he (Jesus Christ) will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.”
So, when the Apostle Paul says that God has revealed His Son in him, it also means that our Lord Jesus has come and lifted that veil of death from over his soul so that he may see, and experience, and know the Power of God in the Glory of God.
It is also this veil of death that the Satan uses to cover your spiritual eyes. This is so that you may not see the Light of the Glory of the Gospel of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul describes it this way in 2Cor. 4:3, 4, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
God’s Great Pleasure
Our Lord Jesus Christ says in John 10:30 that He and His Father are one. Thus, we have it on good authority that our Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father is one and the same person. We also learn in 2Cor. 3:17 that our Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit of God.
From Phil. 3:12 we learned that being “apprehended of Christ Jesus” means to be taken eagerly by the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ. This is a very apt description of how the God our Father of our Lord Jesus Christ delighted when He chose you to receive the Holy Spirit of His Son Jesus Christ. This is so that you can be His child – a son of God. John 1:12 also says: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” You can only receive Him, and become a Son of God when you have received the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God. Else, how would you know Him? It is the Glory of God that conceived our Lord Jesus Christ in the flesh (Luke 1:35), and also raised Him from the dead (Rom. 6:4). Click Here to Learn More about Receiving the Holy Spirit
In Gal. 1:15, 16 we saw that “it pleased God” to reveal His Son Jesus Christ unto the Apostle Paul. In Eph. 1:5 he also says that God has, “… predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.” So God took great delight in sacrificing His Son Jesus Christ in the flesh on the cross on Calvary, so that you may be set free from the power and deception of the veil of death in Satan.
It is God’s great pleasure to reveal the Holy Spirit of His Son Jesus Christ unto you when He comes and shine in your heart – as receiving the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus is also described in 2Cor. 4:6. Then that veil (or cover) of death will be revealed unto you by the Holy Spirit. This is also how God revealed it to the Apostle Paul, as described it in Gal. 1:16 and Acts 26:13. This way you will know the Power of God in in the Glory of God, and be able to walk in truth.
God’s Will for Your Life
The will of God for every person in this world is described in Eph. 1:9 as “…the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself.” This mystery of the will of God is that you should walk in the power and strength of the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ.
In Matt. 6:9, 10 we are taught to pray after this manner, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” It is the will of God that you should sanctify His Name. This is so that no other spirit may manifest itself unto you in the Name of Jesus Christ. This is also that you will not accept another spirit that poses as our Lord Jesus Christ.
In these last days, in the time of the New Dispensation in Jesus Christ, God comes to us in no other name except in the Name of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12). Also, the Holy Spirit only appears with the heavens opened, and in a cloud of fire. Click this link to read more about the appearance and the Mark of the Holy Spirit.
Eph. 1:10 tells us that this good pleasure and the mystery of the will of God for our lives is that, “…in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.”
It is therefore the responsibility of every person who believes and calls on, or pray in the Name of Jesus Christ the Son of God, to know the will of God. And also to distance themselves from the works of the veil of death in Satan. Satan’s works are also known as the works of unrighteousness, and also as the works of iniquity.
1John 5:14, 15 says this about being in the will of God, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”
It is the Will of God that you know His Glory, so that you can believe in the Light of His Glory. In the Day of Judgement we will also be judged upon whether we loved His Light, or the light of the darkness (John 3:19). He also provides for us according to His riches in the Light of His Glory in Jesus Christ (Phil. 4:19). Moreover, other faiths cannot boast of the Hope of one day inheriting the Glory of God in Christ (Rom. 5:2).
God bless and guide you.