Like a Blanket – The Comfort of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit has a number of jobs related to our connection with God, and one of them is to be a comfort to us. But to access His comfort demands we press into His will. He promises to comfort us as we draw nigh to Him and anytime we fall to our knees He covers us with His comfort… Like a Blanket.
Like a Blanket
I Will Not Leave You Comfortless
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Objective: The intention of this message was to discuss the role of the Holy Spirit in the church, but the Holy Spirit chose to steer me into a very specific aspect of His role, and that is as a comforter. This message is intended to swaddle you in the Comfort of the Holy Spirit and in the background reinforce His individual work in a corporate church setting.
The first place we find the word Comfort is in Genesis, with regards to Noah:
Genesis 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord hath cursed.
Noah: A Hebrew name meaning “rest” and “comfort.”
- Noah represented salvation– Take comfort in your salvation, it will be worth it all.
1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight soulswere saved by water.
1 John 2:13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
- Noah displayed character– Take comfort in your Christian character, it will sustain you through the tough times
Genesis 6:7-9 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. 9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
- Noah saved the world – Take comfort in your calling, your life’s tragedies are all part of the story of your calling.
Your struggles, our struggles, all help us identify with others.
In the military, law enforcement, Search and Rescue, etc, you aren’t accepted until you’ve been tried in battle and persevered. Nobody wants a quitter in the trench. Your struggles and tragedies, misgivings and unfair treatments are all part of your story that will help you identify with and love those you were called to serve.
1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
The last place the word “Comfort” is found in the Bible is:
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
Keep working and keep wording to keep finding comfort, it’s a daily process. In our personal lives and the church, we find ultimate comfort in that fellowship of the Holy Spirit, which comes from having His Word on our hearts and His work in our hands. That is why He has us in a church… you can’t do this comforting work alone. Not for yourself, and most certainly not for others. You need to the strength, support and organization of a church to sustain it.
Get involved in a ministry within the church and you will find comfort in your soul.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
I will not leave you comfortless: I WILL come to you.
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Your Christian life will be fulfilling if you will set personal goals that empower you to love God and Others… through Christ.