Discerning the Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation

The Conviction of the Holy Spirit

1. Tone of Voice

The gentle, loving voice of our Father, appealing, entreating, beseeching, and inviting our return to Him. (Song of Songs 2:8; Hosea)

2. Specific

The Holy Spirit points out one needed area only. To make one choice of will.  Conviction deals with that sin committed. (John 16:13)

3. Encouragement

God always encourages us to trust Him and rely on His willingness and power to save and to keep. (Isa. 41:10; 1 Cor. 15:57, 58)

4. A New Creation in Christ

We are a new man in Christ by grace through faith.  God has once and forever accepted the believer in His Son Jesus Christ.  In Him we are new. 2 Cor. 5:17

5. God Draws Us Into Christ

The Holy Spirit continually draws us closer by revealing the Father.  Granting a heart of repentance, love, faith, humility toward Him, and dependence upon Him. (Rom. 8:32)

6. God Draws Us Into Fellowship

The Holy Spirit unites us together in our weaknesses unto one Body. (1 Cor. 12)

7. Builds Faith in the Word of God

The Spirit brings us continually back to the Word of God.  He states facts, reveals truths, and principles of faith so we stand against Satan. (Mat. 4:2-11; Eph. 6:17)

8. God Speaks Positive Words and Scriptures

The Spirit edifies and encourages us with positive Scriptures.  He does not bring condemning and negative verses to our mind or during our reading. (Eph. 3:20)

9. God Corrects and Disciplines

This is not a negative exercise but a positive strengthening and liberating, necessary for spiritual growth. (Heb. 12:1-28)

10. Reassures

God’s Spirit reassures us of His love, forgiveness and grace. That He will never leave us nor forsake us. (Heb. 13:5)

Jesus is “the Way, the Truth and the Life”

Condemnation of the Devil


1. Tone of Voice

The Devil’s tone of voice is accusing, mocking, confusing and questioning.

2. Indirectness

Satan always generali-zes.  He generates guilt and hopelessness.

3. Discouragement

His strongest weapon.  Says you’re not important, you’re worthless. You’ll never make it.

4. Dwells on the Past

He wants you to remember the bad past in unbelief and despair.  The old life is brought up.  (He is a liar and always will be a liar. (John 8:44).

5. Spiritual Separation

Gives feelings of worthlessness, rejection and shame.  Distorts the Image of God.  Produces fear towards God.

6. Isolates

He plants suggestions of independence, self-importance, strife.

7. Produces Feelings

He tells you that your feelings are the truth.  Draws you into neg. feelings towards God, others, self, work, Church etc.

8. Negative Scriptures

Satan attempts to bring unrelated condemning verses to your attention.  He uses the law against you.

9. Satan Crushes

His attacks are to destroy and crush anyone he can get in his grip.

10. Satan Accuses

As the accuser of the believers continually lies that God doesn’t love them anymore, their sins are too big.

Satan: “He is a liar, and the father of it.”

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4 Responses to Discerning the Difference Between Conviction and Condemnation
  1. Natalie
    July 6, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    Thank you so much, I needed this so badly. I’ve been sick ~ to the point of vomiting with condemnation about something that happened a year ago and I’ve asked for forgiveness and had peace until 2 days ago and then it started! I really needed to know what was God and what was the devil. I had a vision of a coffin and everything I did last year (sin) was in it and it was buried and felt God say “Lay it to rest” and then I still had no peace but God gave me a scripture in the Amplified bible, Rom 4vk7 “blessed is he whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sin is covered up and completely buried” I’m thinking God is trying to tell me something. I’m being condemned! Thank you so much for confirming the difference for me!!

  2. madelene
    October 25, 2010 | 2:38 pm

    The devil is worse then I once believed. I”m one of those people that feels condemned constantly. I thought god was behind those feelings.
    You see I have active sin in my life which I can’t let go of.
    I know God convicts of sin, but I”ve also read that if God gives repeat warnings and we still don’t listen, he can cause weakness, sickness and premature death.
    I don’t feel warm and fuzzy when I read that about God.
    A week ago I was suicidal and after reading about hell,got very scared and didn’t persue my death wish.

    I obviously have a long way to go with god and not feeling condemnation.

  3. Jonathan
    October 25, 2010 | 8:37 pm

    Hi Madelene,

    You can’t overestimate how evil the devil really is (John 10:10). God will never condemn you, because He has already accepted Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, and condemning our sin would then be breaking His word, or going against His own nature.

    Sin brings a curse, and our continually disobeying God is sin, and does bring a curse. Disobedience gives Satan free reign in that area of our lives, and as such, he will bring us weakness, sickness and death. Those things don’t come from God, they are a result of shutting ourselves off from God and at the same time opening ourselves to Satan. It is incredibly important to notice the difference.

  4. John
    November 10, 2010 | 10:27 am

    Jonathon, like Madison, I too have felt the sting of Satans grip for many years, feeling the power of his condemnation daily especially when something happens in my life and I feel worthless, helpless and empty.
    Because I have allowed him back into my life and not turned to God for truth, it may have done its toll already on my health, but now that I’m aware of God’s healing truth, I have hope once again through his word. Thanks so much for this article..God Bless!

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