Carol and I have four grandchildren who are a significant part of our lives. Being a "good man", I want to leave them an inheritance. It is easy to think of an inheritance as money, land or some other physical possession. But as a follower of Jesus Christ, I know there is an inheritance far greater than those perishable things.
Father, more than leaving our heirs an inheritance from this world, we want them to inherit eternal life. Please may they be among those You have given to Jesus. May their portion be the One who is trustworthy. We want our faithfulness to You to be an example to them of what we truly value.
The Holy Spirit is the One who can and does convict of sin, righteousness and judgment.
From my experience there are two ways for people's behavior to change; externally and internally. People can and do change their behavior. When I was a pastor, I often observed a change of language and activities as I got closer to a group. I would hear and see what was going on but when I joined in, most times that behavior changed because of who they saw me to be. This is external change because as soon as I left, I suspect the behavior changed again.
Internal change comes from having a change of heart. In Deuteronomy 29:4, Moses tells the Israelites that "to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear". The LORD is the one who changes hearts.
When I realized this truth, it altered the way I dealt with people. I used to think I was to be the convicting agent, but I'm not. As a believer I am to reason with people using God's word as the tool, but I am to trust the Holy Spirit who alone changes hearts. This change of attitude on my part freed me to love and not be judgmental at the same time.
In Acts, God used those in whom His Spirit dwelt as the instrument to a bring whomever He willed to Himself. It is a solemn, almost overwhelming, thought that the HolySpirit would use me in this manner.
Holy Spirit, thank You for bearing witness of Jesus and using me in the process. Spirit of Truth show me how to use Your words as I reason and testify about the One You make known. Please teach me all the Father would have me to know.