If you’re God’s child, you are blessed with the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit.
The question is, are you listening?
It is possible to be a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, saved by His blood, and still have a hard heart. So the warning of Hebrews 3:12-13, is much needed by all of us: “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”
It is tempting to not listen to the protective promptings of the Holy Spirit because you think you have a more accurate view of yourself than He does. Since sin is deceitful and since sin still remains in us all, there are places in our lives where we are deceived into thinking that we’re better off spiritually than we actually are.
It is tempting to harden your heart against the conviction of the Holy Spirit by arguing for your righteousness when a sin, weakness, or failure is revealed.
It is tempting to refuse to listen to the convicting voice of the Spirit by comparing yourself to other believers and arguing that you are surely more righteous than they are.
It is tempting to resist the personal insight-giving ministry of the Holy Spirit by confusing biblical literacy and theological knowledge with the evidence of a transformed and God-pleasing life.
It is tempting to run from the Spirit’s restoring and protective work by rewriting your history, swindling yourself in to believing that your wrongs are not so wrong after all.
It is tempting to resist the Spirit’s loving work of conviction by confusing ministry skill, experience, and success with personal spiritual maturity.
It is tempting to resist the convicting ministry of the Holy Spirit when He uses an instrument who you think is unqualified or less mature than you.
Be comforted. You serve a dissatisfied Redeemer who will not turn from His work in you even when you fail to esteem it, and work to resist it. With patient grace, once more He calls you to listen. Are you listening?