We all have inner struggles, but what causes those battles? One of the struggles people have involves their consciences. When they do something, their consciences speak. Their minds also react to the stirrings of conscience, “their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them” (Romans 2:15).
We have all experienced this. We do something and then an argument starts within. One side asks, “Why did I do that?” The other side contends, “It was the right thing to do.” Our thoughts alternately accuse or else defend our actions. Usually this kind of inner struggle is not serious. But it can be.
The Bible asks, “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures which war in your members?” (James 4:1). When our own personal desires are unbridled, we will do almost anything. There is the overwhelming desire for illicit sex, money, power, or a combination of these. The fear of AIDS, the fear of jail, or the fear of losing out in power struggles produces a great inner conflict.
There is another possible aspect to this inner battle. You may feel profound qualms of conscience because you are being convicted by the Holy Spirit. You therefore see the results of the alcohol or the crack cocaine or that affair in which you are entangled. You hate what you are doing and you want to stop. But you can’t. You say to yourself, “I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15).
If this is your situation, you may very well be experiencing the convicting power of God’s Holy Spirit.
Today’s Podcast reviews the importance of “Holy Spirit Conviction.”