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One of the greatest evangelists of our time, the late Billy Graham, explained the responsibility of the Holy Spirit in convicting a man’s heart and he said : ‘It is the spirit’s work to convict, God’s work to judge and my work to love’. Conviction can mean several things depending on the context in which it is being used. In a court of law, conviction is a declaration of guilt while in religious matters, it is an unshakable belief without need for proof or evidence. In the context of a romantic relationship, it is a certainty in one’s heart based on their belief, feelings and ideas. In our life as hosts of the Spirit of the Lord, conviction is produced by the counsel of our Helper, who knows the mind and heart of God and seeks to establish the same in the heart of the submitted seeker (Psalm 37:4).

A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.Romans 8:2MSG

The grace message fundamentally consists of awakening men to the realization that separated from their Maker in whom all things are reconciled (Colossians 1:20), nothing in heaven or on earth is in its correct order and nothing can be done well apart from Him. Alas many people, including believers, are merely content with just going by, doing their ‘level best’, being ‘good people’, attending a church, giving ‘the best they can’, and serving ‘as time allows’. The Holy Spirit is primarily referred to as a Helper (John 14:26) which is a characteristic that implies His ability to alleviate any form of struggle and strife when welcomed and enables you as a believer not to settle but to receive God’s best in all circumstances.

In our theme scripture, Paul tells us that in welcoming the person of the Holy Spirit to guide, help, instruct and enable us, a new power is in position. Most people will tell you things supposedly became hard when they became believers but the underlying cause of this assumption is because the spirit and the flesh are never in agreement and one has to yield to the other in order to function. The will of man comes in to decide which will have the final say in their life hence the sentiment that things become harder when they choose to put to death the deeds of their flesh to follow the Spirit for man’s instinct is to respond to the (fallen) flesh.

What then does perfection look like ?

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Romans 8:5-7 NKJV

Perfection therefore does not sound like a foreign concept or an unrealistic expectation placed on a poor believer who is unable to walk in it. It is important to understand that it is not up to you to achieve or figure out, as the law itself has tested us and found us unable to abide by it (Romans 8:3). It is in acknowledging the finished work of Christ by grace through faith that salvation will benefit us. This consciousness enables a believer to walk in the Spirit, live by the Spirit, function in the spirit and be fully governed by the Spirit.

As it is written, to be spiritually minded is life and peace, and for most it is repugnant because they assume their ‘doing’ part is taken away from them. Hitherto, man had to perform a myriad of rituals and initiations to be cleansed and for their sin to be atoned; for the New Testament believer, you did this once and for all through baptism, submerging your flesh under water and rising up from the dead with Christ(Colossians 2:11-15).

That was final and your perfection is made complete when your first reflex is to yield to the spirit, respond to situations through the lens of the spirit, wait for the full counsel of the spirit in all that concerns you and all you steward.

Submission to the person of the Holy Spirit makes one fully furnished in the works that please God(John 14:21, 26). Hallelujah!

If you have never given your life to Jesus Christ, and you feel that this is the perfect time, pray this prayer:

“Lord Jesus, I thank you because you died for my sins and you were raised for my glory. Today, I receive you as my Lord and Savior. I am born again. Amen.”

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