It’s when the Holy Spirit convicts you that you reach the time of repentance in your heart for doing wrong. It’s the same Holy Spirit that convicts you that changes you to be obedient towards God.
Some young people resent authority and authoritative figures in their life that they feel like are constantly judging them. When we reached a point that we couldn’t get through to our adoptive children in teaching them right from wrong. I prayed for the Holy Spirit to intervene to convict them of their sins to work on rebuilding their conscience and renewing their minds and to discipline them where we lacked.
The first step to renewing their mind was for them to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and being baptized in water.
If you can get them that far you can trust on God on doing the rest.
It’s not always immediate changes that you see. I had the illusion that when they came out of the water they were going to be immediately changed. I think that only happens when a person prays to be changed but when one doesn’t believe they do any wrong it’s going to take the Holy Spirit conviction working in them to bring them to that point of repentance.
We had children in our home that psychologist labeled and called them oppositional defiant disorder and RAD. It was a very tough. But first off, I want to say, you aren’t what or who people label you as being. You are what God says you are.
I look back now and see if we don’t hold children accountable for their bad choices of stealing and destroying property the problem escalates. It adds to the problem. And the situation may be so bad that you're forced to make decisions that the child feels destroyed their life forever.
You may see one of the choices that you entered them in sports or an activity that only made them worse so you pull them out permanently. Because you see that it only fed their bad girl behavior. Or it was turning her into a real diva. We were forced to make that decision. And if I had to do it all over again, I would do it again. But first of all, I would make sure that she was ready for that sport or activity before I put her in it. Any sport you put a child in requires self-discipline and listening and doing what the coach says. You don’t hear these Olympic gymnastics gold medal winners say I won this medal by coming home every day and sitting on the couch and watching TV. No. you hear them say. I got up at 4:00 am each morning and worked out three to four hours every day building that strength in my legs and arms where I was weak. If you don’t do or accept what the coach says. You aren’t mentally ready to be in that sport or activity. It’s more than entertainment time or fun time. It’s being part of a team. It’s about reaching your dream. Dreams aren’t just given they come with hard work and dedication. It’s those kids that aren’t obedient to their coaches or parents that can bring the rest of the team down. It’s all about having a good and positive attitude. If there’s one thing that I have learned is the Holy Spirit can change a negative attitude into a positive attitude. But it only comes when you surrender yourself to the Lord and you reach obedience with a repentant heart. You can’t expect more when you don’t put nothing into it. It’s when you put all that you have and more into it that births winners. Childbirth itself isn’t anything that comes easy there are labor pains then comes the reward of a new life.
As Christians, we have to exercise and use the gifts God has given us. We don’t make it by being lazy. We make it by using our hands and feet and voices for God. We make it by our commitment and dedication in Christ. It’s when we have that commitment in our heart that we’re moved to the next level and promoted up. It’s God who demotes and promotes. It’s all part of our spiritual journey. It all began that moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior through the conviction of the Holy Spirit. This is the moment that our life became a journey for Christ.
It’s about the choices we make that can determine if we’re going to be a winner or loser. It’s our attitude that can promote or demote.
What’s your attitude in Christ? Are you one that’s going to give it all that you have, and more? Or are you the one that’s lazily going to sit back and expect more, because of entitlement?
Let the Holy Spirit work in you and convict you of your weaknesses.
Hebrews 3:14 We have come to share in Christ if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.