Showing posts with label The Holy Spirit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Holy Spirit. Show all posts

THE HOLY SPIRIT: YOUR COMFORTER

 

 A LONELY ORPHAN BOY

"I will not leave you comfortless' (KJV) 
"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you". (NKJV) 

 John 14:18 



‘I will not leave you as orphans', were the very words of Jesus to his disciples. An orphan? Who is an orphan? An orphan is one deprived of father and mother. This situation makes him be lowly esteemed, neglected, destitute of comfort, direction, and support and is left to wander about in obscurity and darkness, increasing his vulnerability to situations and circumstances. Unfortunately, we have others who have not lost their parents physically and yet in similar or worse condition.   

Anyone who has personally encountered Jesus, anyone who is born again, one who has been taken out of the kingdom of darkness and translated into the kingdom of God, without the conscious presence of the Holy Spirit will live like an orphan. 

 But Jesus says that we don’t have to live like orphans because everything an orphan will need in life can all be summed up in one word: comfort. A comforter’s purpose is to make life comfortable and bearable for his beneficiary. 

 Will you live as an orphan or a royal? The choice is yours. Embrace the person and ministry of the Holy Spirit, your comforter. 

 4 THINGS HE WILL DO TO COMFORT YOU 

 1. He will teach you all things. 
THE TEACHING MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you". John 14:26 

 You only do well in the areas of life that you have been taught. There are very successful business people who fail woefully in family life and the reverse is true. You can be working in a bank and still be financially suffocating. Samuel was a successful prophet of God, but his family life was nothing to write home about. It is a known fact that we can only do well in the areas of our lives we have exposed to proper teachings. I know there are many public successful people who are abject failures in private. The Holy Spirit wants to shed his eternal light into every area of your life, will you welcome him today? A true teaching is a component of a comfortable life. A well-taught person will walk in various dimensions of liberty. For the Holy Spirit to fulfil his comforting role in the life of believers, he seeks to teach us ALL THINGS. The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and anything you are willing to open up to him. 

 The Holy Spirit teaches you through others, but he can and does teach you directly. He passionately wants to have personal moments with you. He does not teach theological confusions that have no beneficial bearings upon your life. He teaches the bible but he teaches ALL THINGS that are beneficial to you too. He taught me how to deal with a particular challenge in stew preparation. That’s humorous, isn’t it? But it’s true. He has taught me several things over the years, but he desires to teach you and me ALL THINGS if only we will open up every area of our lives to him. 

 2. He will remind you of the things you know but have forgotten. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL REMIND YOU

 "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you". John 14:26 

 Remembrance of important things brings comfort to your life. You will be miserable in life if don’t remember all the important things you’ve been told over the years. If knowledge is power, then forgetfulness is a loss of power. Remembrance of the things Jesus has taught us is so crucial to your comfortable life that the mighty Holy Spirit is tasked with the responsibility of reminding you. If you will rely on him, then he will boost your memory, your recollecting ability. 

 3. He will guide you. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL GUIDE YOU

 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come". John 16:13 

 The guidance of the Holy Spirit is another relevant branch of the comforting ministry of the Holy Spirit. His guidance is his protective shield over you. Just as prevention is better than cure, let me say that protection is better than deliverance. You are better off as a believer, avoiding a harmful situation than falling into it to be delivered afterwards. Listen to the Holy Spirit when he guides you. Within the words of the Holy Spirit to you are the keys to your success, protection, fulfilment, growth, comfort and all he desires for you. You may never be cast into a lion’s den all your life, but heeding to his direction completely avoids all the snares and entrapments of the enemy ahead of your life. He wants to guide you to whom to marry, partner within the business and even the congregation to fellowship with. You know, the Holy Spirit is more interested in your wellbeing than you can ever be in yourself. Listen to him. 

 4. He will show you things to come. 
THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL SHOW YOU THE FUTURE

 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come". John 16:13 

 Finally, comfort resulting from hopefulness is a result of the future you have foreseen. Jesus said the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. We have already dealt with the fact that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. So this showing part has to do with sight. In the book, man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl, I understood that it is the picture of possibility that a man holds within himself that empowers him to endure all kinds of unforeseen hardships of life. Even Jesus endured the cross and despised the shame because of the spiritual picture he carried in his mind. 

 Your level of comfort in life is largely determined by your hope. What you see builds your hope and that is why among other things, the Holy Spirit will show you things to come. When you depend on the Holy Spirit, you’ll have an unfair advantage over the unbeliever and even the believer who will not rely or wait on him. Life can be truly simple for you. Yes, if you can invest even 30 per cent of your labour towards achievements in life into developing a personal and intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, you’ll become a reference point among human beings in your generation and beyond. 

 Accept the Holy Spirit today just as a sinner receives Jesus as his Lord and personal saviour. 

 Remain blessed.