Conviction: 1. The act of process of convicting, esp. of an unlawful act. 2. a. The act or process of convincing. b. The state of being convinced. 3. A fixed or strong belief.
To the majority of the world, that is even to include the saints, conviction is viewed as nothing more than the passing or reception of condemned judgement toward others or upon self. Therefore we punish ourselves when we step out of our own view of character. We despise the feeling of conviction so much that we conjured up excuses to justify our actions. And as a result, we become numb to the feeling of conviction over time. We develop a callous over our hearts, deafening out the voice of conviction Who was given to us by Christ Himself.
John 16:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The word 'reprove' in this text is translated 'convict'. It's the job of the Comforter or Holy Ghost to bring forth conviction, yet we sit in the courtroom posing as the Judge and Jury. And the closest place we've come to being in the courtroom is as a former defendant turned spectator in the crowd or a potential former defendant. But the Comforter didn't come to condemn but to convince or to enlighten us through His voice of conviction. To the saints, He's speaks words of conviction either to get us lined back up with the word of God or cause us to be grounded with strong conviction or belief by a word from God! (John 16:13-14) To the world, He uses His influence on the body of Christ as a light to manifest the darkness of sin in their lives and to reveal that apart from Christ, they are already condemned. (John 16:7-11, John 3:17-18)
As Saints, our lives are suppose to be a spoken light of conviction not only in our conversation, but also and especially in our lifestyle!! But in order for that to happen effectively, we must be convicted vessels willing to live out the call of God on our lives! We must be willing to hear and receive from the voice of conviction when we step out of the will of God. Finally, we must be attentive to the voice of conviction via a word of instruction or enlightenment!! If you are not where you need to be in Christ, make this your Year of Conviction!! The times are perilous and the hour draws near to the Return of THE KING!! Don't wait til it's too late and your conviction becomes your condemnation!!!
John 3:19 King James Version (KJV)
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.