Oswald Chambers from My Utmost for His Highest-He wrote in the devotion for October 22-If you received the witness of the Spirit before the reality and truth that comes from obedience, it would simply result in sentimental emotion.
Comment- so often people bargain with God about their sin. I am not that bad they will say or I cannot acknowledge my sin publicly because that will ruin my reputation. Following the Lord in some small amount leads to sentimental emotion. But believing the witness of the Holy Spirit about the redemption made possible by Jesus leads to forgiveness and salvation.
Oswald-If we are trying to make Him witness to our reason, it is no wonder that we are in darkness and uncertainty. Throw it all overboard, trust in Him, and He will give you the witness of the Spirit.
Comment-why do we try to hold on to sin or to our own understanding? We have one choice, believe on the Lord Jesus as the Holy Spirit convicts and convinces us. Then we can “Trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.”
What are you waiting for? Believe and trust the witness of the Holy Spirit and begin letting Him overcome the uncertainty and darkness.