The Holy Spirit will never call you by your full name.

Only two people ever call me by my first name: My mama and The Holy Spirit.

That's it.

Nobody else, and I mean nobody ever calls me by my full name except for those two, so, in the rare occasion that I hear the words "Samuel Charles Adebiyi", I know it can only mean one thing...

TROUBLE.

PAIN.

BEAT DOWN.

I remember when I first heard it. It was a few minutes after I branded my brother on the chest with a hot coin. Yes I put a quarter under an iron until it was so hot that I needed a towel to pick it up before I could slap it on my little brothers chest.

(Don't worry, I'm getting counseling smiley)

To be honest, I don't remember much of what happened after that except that I heard my full name and next thing i know, I was nursing welts from the belt (or was it a paddle) beat down and the deadly killer laser beams mom shot at me with her eyes.

It's been a while since my mom called me by my full name but for some reason it feels like I hear it all the time from The Holy Spirit.

Is it me or does it seem like The Holy Spirit sometimes loves to give us a good verbal beat down when we mess up?

SAMUEL CHARLES ADEBIYI... when was the last time you did a quiet time you loser?
SAMUEL CHARLES ADEBIYI... you fool, I know what you did last summer!
SAMUEL CHARLES ADEBIYI... well look what you did you little jerk!!!!

You know what the worst part about getting beat up by The Holy Spirit is?

You can't run away. He's in you so you have it take. You have to endure the voice of condemnation every time you strike out. You have to be reminded why you are a loser. 

Right?

Wrong.

No you don't.

No you don't.

Listen to me.

You do not have to listen to The Holy Spirit give you a beat down when you fail because The Holy Spirit does NOT give us a beat down when we fail.

You know that voice you hear? The one that leaves you bloodied and nursing welts? That is NOT The Holy Spirit.

Does the Holy Spirit convict us and shed light into the dark corners of our hearts?

Yes, absolutely. But there's a big difference between conviction and condemnation. Big difference.

Do you know why most of us walk around head slouched smelling of shame?

Because we don't know the difference between condemnation and conviction. Because we mistake the voice of the accuser for the voice of The Holy Spirit. Because we think The Holy Spirit calls us by our full names.

Friends, good news, He does not.

The Holy Spirit does not call us by our full names (beat us down), He convicts us. The accuser on the other hand condemns and shames us.

But their voices sound the same, so how do we know the difference?

The Holy Spirit always leads us back to Jesus.

That's it. That's the big difference between conviction and condemnation. That's the difference between The Holy Spirit and the accuser.

One leads us back to Jesus while the other leads us away.

One builds us up while the other breaks us down.

One reminds us of our identity while the other reminds us of our past.

One pulls us off out of the mud while the chains us down.

Please don't get me wrong. I'm not saying the voice of The Holy Spirit is all rainbows, ice cream and puppies because it's not.

The Holy Spirit will bring conviction and true conviction will always challenge us. True conviction requires action and change, but at the end of the day, conviction from The Holy Spirit leaves us in the arms of our heavenly Father.

Conviction leads the prodigal son on a path TO his home not AWAY from his home.

So, next time you mess up, listen to the voice of The Holy Spirit. Seek it. It will hurt but it's worth it. Let him convict you. Let him lead you back to the Father. Let him build you up and show you the way home.

But the moment you hear anything that leads you AWAY from Jesus, the cross, his love or what he has declared true about you...

The moment you hear things like "LOSER", "GOD WILL NEVER USE YOU" or "YOU WILL NEVER BEAT THIS"... run in the opposite direction.

RUN. 

Because that is NOT The Holy Spirit.

How do I know?

Because the Holy Spirit will NEVER call you by your full name.

Is it just me or does anyone else struggle with confusing condemnation for conviction? What voice is often louder when you mess up?  

P:S:- This is Part 2 (of 5) of a blog series on The Holy Spirit. (Part 1 here). Don't miss the next good stuff that's coming. Subscribe for email updates to the blog here . It takes less than 5 seconds, you won't get spam-ed and all the cool kids smiley(over 600 700 800 of them) are doing it. 

​P:S:S- I have a post on Prodigal today. Please head over and check it out. Also it's a bit quiet over there right now so talk to me here then let's talk over at Prodigal also? :) 

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