Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin
John 16:8 (ASV 1901)
8And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
In a prayer meeting, more than fifty clergymen confess to different sins including ambition.
After days of resistance, a schoolboy yields to the Spirit's conviction and leads the way to confess to the sin of adultery. More boys, broken by God, emulated him and also confessed their sins.
A church elder confessed his sin to Jonathan Goforth. That started a series of confessions and repentance that engulfed the entire church, bringing about forgiveness and restoration in their lives.
A pastor called on his congregation to pray for those who had drifted away from the church. The congregation responded in unity and prayed as one man. Not long after that many of those who had backslid began to return confessing their sins and crying out for mercy.
Jonathan Goforth openly rebukes a man under the devil's influence and demanded that he stops his empty prayer and sit down. After the meeting, the man confessed to Mr. Goforth that, in order to avoid dealing with his sins, he had been led by the devil to merely appear spiritual. The following day he confessed his many sins to the entire congregation.
A young girl who had conspired with her father to steal drugs from the mission hospital flatly denied doing so when confronted. And she remained in denial of her sin until she was convicted and led to confess before the entire congregation during a prayer meeting.
A broken and contrite Wang-ee confessed to inflating the loss he suffered during the 1900 Boxer uprising which ensured he received an undeserved amount in indemnity from the government. Wang-ee promised to restitute fully, and he kept his word.
Missionaries in Changtefu joined together for a special prayer with great expectation. God answered, poured the blessing of His Spirit upon them and several confessions were recorded. The most astonishing of all was that of a pastor who confessed that he never believed in the previous revival meetings organized by Jonathan Goforth, but now had himself been moved by the Spirit to repentance.
Bilquis Sheikh lied at a relative's funeral she attended and by so doing, grieved the Holy Spirit and thus lost His comforting Presence. Only by repenting did the warmth of His Presence return to her.
Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, Dr. Sung confronted the church leaders about their sin of unforgiveness during a meeting. This led to confession and repentance. The meeting ended in unbounded joy.
Revival broke out in the city of Tenghsien leading to several confessions including some high profile individuals.
When in the place of prayer, John Sung becomes conscious of his many sins, he cried to God for forgiveness until he heard a voice saying, "Son, thy sins are forgiven". The result of receiving forgiveness for Sung was great joy, and the empowerment to become a witness for Christ Jesus, just like he desired.
Ed is surprised when one night, a young man who attended crusades with the sole aim of arguing with and harassing him responded to the call to accept Jesus as Saviour. After crying and confessing his sins to God and obtaining mercy, with great joy he became a christian that night and continued afterwards in the faith.
A man who came to mock the sacred things of God was convicted by God. He converted the next day.
Rees Howells is rebuked by the Holy Spirit for allowing jealousy grow in his heart toward his friend whom the Lord used mightily to bless His people at an open air meeting. Rees learned detest jealousy and trust God more from this experience.
In 1844, Dr. Mason and Mr. Vinton were in Pyeekhya for three weeks during which there was such an outpouring of the Spirit of God that many who were previously uninterested became instantly drawn to God, got baptized and publicly confessed their transgressions.
Titus Coan depended only on God's Spirit to bring home the words whenever he preached. And the Gospel he declared wrought changes in the hearts and lives of those who listened; sins were confessed, quarrels reconciled, idolatry renounced and God's cause; greatly advanced.
As two missionaries gathered to pray on the opening day of the Ping Yang High School, the Holy ghost moved to mightily convict the students and caused them to confess their sins. Even a native pastor who had attempted to block the Spirit's move was himself brought under conviction and he confessed his sins.
An elder was convicted to confess the sin of theft from his friend's widow on the 8th day of a weeklong prayer-meeting, opening the way for the long expected mighty move of the Spirit. Following him, many more glorified God by confessing their sins.