BEING SET FREE
By: Gary L. Rodgers
When the Lord frees the lost sinner from the guilt and condemnation of sin the lost sinner is truly set free, but as a Christian are there things that can constrain us in other ways? If I were to pin point a specific item that has caused me to struggle in my Christian walk I would have to say that it has been this matter of not clearly grasping the truth regarding accusation and conviction.
In his powerful book “WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN OUGHT TO KNOW” author Adrian Rogers brings to light a most important message about the matter of accusation and conviction that has helped me and I believe that it can be a great help to others as well.
“The Difference between Accusation and Conviction:
You need to learn the difference between Satanic accusation and Holy Spirit conviction. The devil is the accuser of the brethren. He will do this in two ways:
- The devil will accuse you about sin that has already been confessed. He will try to dig it up again. Friend, when God buries it, it is gone. He will never bring you into double jeopardy. He is “faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9), and, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean” (Acts 11:9 NIV). “and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1John 1:7B)
But the devil will sometimes confuse you about things you did years ago. You’ve put it under the blood and been forgiven, but he keeps dredging it up.
- The devil will try to make you feel guilty for no reason. You just kind of feel bad all over. So you end up praying this way, “O God, if I have sinned, forgive me.” Friend, do away with that kind of prayer. That’s not the kind of prayer that David prayed. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins.” Name that sin! That’s the only way you’ll know that you are really forgiven. Just call it by name.
But the devil will either try to dredge up sin that has already been forgiven or to make you feel bad about something without giving it a name. That is accusation.
What is conviction? Conviction is the Holy Spirit saying, “this and this and this you have done,” and like a good doctor, He’ll put His finger right on the sore spot, and He will push. He will call it by name and want you to confess it and be cleansed. And that’s so wonderful. Don’t let the devil accuse you of sin that’s been forgiven or accuse you of things that have never committed. The Holy Spirit of God will convict you specifically, and then you confess it, and you will be clean.”
SIDE NOTE FROM GARY L. RODGERS:
True confession means to agree with God about sin and repent or abandon that sin and forsake it, or turn and go the other way from it.
When you seek God’s forgiveness, His forgiveness is so complete and perfect that “He will cast your sins into the depth of the sea.” (Micah 7:19B), and “He will remove our transgression from us as far as the east is from the west.” (Psalm 103:12) When God forgives, the matter is finished. “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.” (Isaiah 43:25)
If God so completely forgives, then who is it that brings our past sins to the forefront and causes confusion? It’s not God that brings them to remembrance, it’s that old accuser the devil who accuses the brethren before God night and day. And the day to end all of that will come. (Revelation 12:10)