TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
“And when He comes, He will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;”
John 16:8-9 ESV
DEPEND ON THE SPIRIT TO HELP YOU BELIEVE
Pastor Adrian Rodgers once described a missionary who went to the mission field. He said when she arrived on the field, the locals showed her where the missionary residence was, and it was a kind of a nice little cottage, but the floor was filthy. And so she, being a good housekeeper, decided she would scrub the floor. And she scrubbed the floor, but she didn’t seem to be able to get the dirt up. She put on more water, more suds.
Finally, she got down on her hands and knees and just kept scrubbing, but it was dirty. She’d scrub – it was dirty. She would rinse it, scrub again – it’s still dirty. Somebody said, “Madam, I hate to tell you, but that is a dirt floor.” What she was doing was just simply scrubbing a dirt floor, and the more she scrubbed the more dirt came up.
The bible teaches that in some ways we are born with a sinful nature like that dirt floor. We can try to scrub and scrub our sinful nature but what we really need is a new nature. One of the advantages of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is He helps us realize that we do in fact need a new nature because we are all sinners.
Jesus taught that the worst sin of all is the sin of unbelief. The truth is that all sin is a form of unbelief. When we sin we doubt and disobey God. The Holy Spirit not only shows us we are sinners but the Holy Spirit enables us to trust and believe in God to make us clean. Ask God if there are any sins of unbelief showing up in your thoughts and actions. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you trust God’s way is best in that area.