[anzac] CONVINCED and CONVICTED!! - David Wilkerson

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Tue, 05 Mar 2013 18:38:23 +0530
ANDREW STROM:  Just a note to say I am in India at present,
and would really appreciate your prayers over the next 5 days or
so, my friends. Thanks so much. - God bless you! - Andrew.

by David Wilkerson

We are not saved by the law but we are convinced and convicted
of our sin by the law. "For by the law is the knowledge of sin"
(Romans 3:20).

The law was sent "that every mouth may be stopped, and all the
world may become guilty before God" (Romans 3:19). "The law
was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be
justified by faith" (Galatians 3:24).

"The law is holy... and just, and good. Was then that which is
good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might
appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin
by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful"
(Romans 7:12-13).

Paul was saying, "I couldn't really confess my sins until I knew
they were sins. I couldn't seek after the holiness of God until I
saw how far from Him I was. The law hit home to me, destroying
my nonchalance about sin. When I saw God's holiness by His
commandments, sin became utterly sinful to me."

That is the conviction that drives you straight to the arms of Christ,
crying, "Mercy, Lord! I can't save myself, I can't fulfill Your law.
I've seen the sin of my heart!"

Faith has been defined as "the flight of a convicted, repentant
sinner unto the mercy of God in Christ Jesus." Only the person
who has been convicted of his sins by the law of God will "flee
to Christ" for refuge.

On the day of Pentecost Peter stood and offered the crowds the
gospel of God's grace. But first he put them under the blazing light
of the law. He pointed his finger and said, "Ye have taken, and by
wicked hands have crucified and slain [Him]" (Acts 2:23). The
people were pricked in their hearts, so utterly convicted by the
Word of God they cried out, "What shall we do?" (verse 37).

Adam was given the gospel of grace-after his "eyes were opened"
(see Genesis 3:7). It was only after he had seen his pitiful condition
and the consequences of his sin that God brought to him the
message of mercy and hope!



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