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A Thought for the Week—Our God of Comfort

Monday, April 16, 2007

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJ)

God is a God of comfort. Paul in this writing refers to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as the "God of all comfort." God wants to speak words of comfort to us and to impart strength and vigor into us. He wants to comfort us with His love, His strength, His consolation, His vigor, and His peace in all of our situations. The dictionary meaning of the word "comfort" includes having our mind strengthened when depressed or enfeebled; being consoled; being given new vigor to the spirit; to cheer, or relieve from depression, or trouble. This is what God wants to do for us amid the tribulations of this world.

Because of our fallen nature, we look to ourselves in times of trouble. We hope to find within ourselves the strength or the wisdom we need to deal with the difficulties and trials of life. When these things fail, we look to the things of this world to comfort us. We might to seek comfort or strength from the pleasures of life, or even from drugs or food or other such "remedies."

We need God’s help. We need revelation and strength from God. We need God to impart His strength and vigor into us. We need to receive revelation from God to know how to handle our difficulties, and we need the empowerment of God to be able to do what He has shown us to do. This is how Jesus lived. He lived in the flow of the Spirit of God who was revealing to Him what His Father was doing. He was in constant communion with God, and He did what He saw His Father doing. He trusted in His Father to reveal to Him what He was doing, and He believed the will of His Father to be the best place for Him to abide, even when it meant His going to the cross with our sin on Him. He prayed for the strength to do God’s will when it was made known to Him. He lived dependent on the revelation and empowerment of the Spirit of His Father to accomplish all God had for Him to do.

We too can receive revelation from God to know His will. We too can receive empowerment from God to be able to do His will. We need to be comforted by God--by His consoling words to us, and by His empowerment into us when we are overcome by the cares, concerns, and disappointments of this life and by the mistreatment of others. God promises to do this for us, as He did for Jesus. We can be comforted by God so that we then can comfort others with the comfort we have received. Let us know, receive and live in the comfort of God so we can be a comfort from God to others.

Father, we rejoice that You are the God of all comfort. Help us to know our need of Your comfort and to receive it so we can comfort others with the comfort we have received. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—Our God of Comfort

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJ)

God is a God of comfort. He comforts us in all our tribulation and uses our tribulations as opportunities for us to receive comfort from Him so that we are able to comfort others. The word "comfort" implies offering consolation, imparting vigor and strength into our spirit, and bringing into our mind words or thoughts of hope when we are depressed.

God does not promise us freedom from tribulations and trials in this life. Rather He promises to be with us and to manifest His presence and His ways to us so that we know how to cope and how to rise above the seeming hopelessness of the situation with His supernatural wisdom and power. We can then learn to abide in God’s will and accomplish His purposes amidst the difficulties of life. God promises to impart His wisdom and strength into us so that we bring His life into every part of our being in every situation. Then we rule over the spiritual powers who seek to harm us or to lead us away from trusting in and obeying our great and glorious God.

Jesus lived in this way. He received the anointing of the Holy Spirit of God so that He could bring comfort to those who were oppressed by the devil. This was His calling and purpose in His ministry. The Bible says, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him" (Acts 10:38 NKJ). He knew that He was sent by God to do this. He testified to the people, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed" ( Luke 4:18 NKJ).

Jesus comes to us to help us, to comfort us, and to heal us. Then He sends us out, saying, "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8 NKJ). He empowers us with the same Holy Spirit so that we can do the same works as He did. He said, "As the Father has sent Me, I also send you" (John 20:21 NKJ). Let us receive His faith in His ability to meet all of our needs with His comfort so we can comfort others.

Father, we rejoice in Your comfort. We rejoice that through Jesus we can be comforted and extend Your comfort to others. Help us to receive, live in, and extend Your comfort. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—Our God of Comfort

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over." (Psalm 23:4-5 NKJ)

Our God is a God of comfort. He allows us to walk into difficult circumstances. Sometimes we must even face an untimely death. When evil is seemingly all around us, we need not fear if we can realize that God is with us in the midst of our circumstances. Jesus has promised to be with us always, even until the end of this age (Matthew 28:20).

Here in the 23rd Psalm, David is reflecting on the fact that God is our Good Shepherd. In the verses cited above, David is acknowledging the reality that we do have to face difficult circumstances; however we need not fear, for our Shepherd is also with us. He is not just "with us," He is carrying His rod and His staff. He is carrying the tools of His trade.

The shepherd’s rod was used to beat off animals of prey that would come upon a wandering sheep to destroy it. The staff was a pole with a crook at the end of it. The shepherd would gently use the crook when the sheep would wander off into dangerous territory. The shepherd would gently put the crook around the neck of the sheep and nudge it back into the safety of the feeding ground where the other sheep were.

The unobservant sheep would not necessarily find comfort in the tools of the shepherd. However, the sheep who watched the shepherd could see how the shepherd used the tools in caring for other sheep. He then could know by observation what the shepherd would do for him if he was in need.

Our Shepherd often does not deliver us out of the difficulties of life. First He makes His presence known to us, and then He might prepare a table for us in the midst of our enemies or in the midst of our difficult situation. He delights in letting our enemies know that we are children of God and that He is caring for us. This delivers us from the fear of being in difficult circumstances--which is often greater than the circumstance itself. Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He is always with us with His tools of love, mercy and power to comfort, heal and deliver us.

Father, we rejoice that You are with us in Christ, and that You comfort us and fellowship with us amidst the difficult circumstances we walk through in this life. Help us to focus on Him who died for us and now lives in us and with us. Amen.

A Thought for the Week—God is Our Comforter

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD'S hand double for all her sins." The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God." (Isaiah 40:2-3 NKJ)

God is a God of comfort. He has a plan for His people and all of His created order. He will bring all things in heaven and earth under the dominion of Christ. He comforts us in all our trials, as we shared yesterday. We are in a war; that is why we have trials. We have spiritual enemies who seek to destroy us; that is why we have trials. We have spiritual enemies who use people for their plans and purposes in seeking to destroy the people of God; that is why we have trials. We have given in to the enemies of God by our sinful ways and actions, and thus they think they have the right to rule over us. That is why we have trials.

BUT GOD IS A GOD OF COMFORT. He extends mercy to us. He extends grace to us. He has provided a way out of the dominion of sin, our fleshly desires, and the ways of the world. Many of us have tried to overcome our sinful ways, only to fall deeper into them. Many of us have thought we could overcome our spiritual enemies with our own strength and willpower, only to give them more ground by our inabilities and weaknesses. Many of us have thought we could live in the world and enjoy its ways without giving them place in us, only to find that having been delivered from the bondage of Egypt, we fall back into their ways when we seek to remain in some of them.

BUT OUR GOD OF COMFORT HAS ALSO PORVIDED THE VICTORY FOR US. Jesus has overcome the world. He has overcome all of our sinful ways. He now reigns, able to impart His life into us and able to send the empowerment of the presence of the Holy Spirit of God to us so we can walk in victory in this life NOW. We are in a war, yet our warfare is ended. Now He will fight for us and through us in all the places God sends us. We can draw on His victory won at Calvary. We can draw on His grace and mercy and walk in victory NOW. We need to come into all He has for us and extend the comfort of God to others. We need to speak to the hearts of God’s people, comforting them with words of His comfort and victory. As we declare these things to ourselves and others and to the spiritual powers, we will know and live in HIS comfort.

Father, we rejoice that You are the Source of all comfort. Help us to declare Your truths and comfort to ourselves, to others, and into all of our situations. Amen.

A Thought for the Week--Our God of Comfort

Friday, April 27, 2007

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19 NKJ)

We have all been created with needs. Every child is brought into the world with needs that he himself cannot fulfill. The child must be fed, nurtured, taught how to function, and trained how to live with others. The child has many physical, mental and relational needs.

We have been created with a spirit, not just a soul and body. The spiritual being which is part of us also has needs. Our spirit needs to be fed and nourished. The words of God can bring life to our spirit. The Bible tells us that our spirit can be oppressed, wounded, and broken. A word from another spirit can affect our spirit. People who are under the influence of another spirit can affect our spirit with their words, thus oppressing us.

BUT there is a God Who is far above us in wisdom, strength, mercy and love. There is a God Who is far above all the spiritual powers of the created spiritual beings. Angels--good and bad--have more spiritual power than we have. God uses His angels to help and protect us. Through His Spirit, God can bring life and hope into our spirit, causing our hearts to be at peace. Through His Spirit, He can reveal to us His wisdom and impart into us His power and strength, enabling us to overcome the oppressive powers of fallen angels or evil spirits who seek to destroy us.

Our God promises to provide all of our needs through the riches belonging to Christ Jesus. God has given His riches to Christ; since He kept the law, He received all the blessings of God as His reward. Jesus has willed them to us, and now God can make them available to us. Jesus was raised from the dead by the power of the Spirit of God, and now He is the executor of His estate. Through Christ we can find all of our needs met. We can receive the love and nurture that our parents were unable to completely give us, because of their own weaknesses or sinfulness. We can receive grace to know how to handle each situation. We can receive creative ideas from our Creator so we can have Divine creativity in our careers.

We can have victory over our sinfulness, over the temptations of the world, and over Satan’s desires to use people to keep us oppressed. Jesus had the same problems we face, but He overcame them through the power of the Holy Spirit. He overcame all these things for us when He went to the cross, and now He can impart His life into us and empower us with His Holy Spirit so we too can have victory. OUR GOD CAN SUPPLY ALL OUR NEEDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS. Let us come and diligently seek Him and His provision for us.

Father, we rejoice in Your great provision for us in Christ. Help us to live in Him and receive all He has won for us. Amen.


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