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A Thought for the Day
Receiving the Comfort of God

February 4-6, 2009

The Bible says God is the God of ALL comfort.  He wants to comfort us.  The dictionary definition of comfort includes, “to give vigor to the spirit, to give cheer or relief from depression, to give consolation, to give strength to those who are weak.”  We live in a world that causes our spirit to be weighed down with fear, stress and anxiety—a world that fosters hopelessness and despair, that has no sense of things progressing in purity, peace and joy.  Many seek comfort in themselves or in the things of this world, only to be disappointed, having to settle for what they can do themselves.  God is the God of ALL comfort.  He has a plan to comfort us and to bring His heavenly Kingdom onto the earth.  We will be looking at some of the ways God comforts us and at how we can receive and live in His comfort.

 The Bible calls us to know that God wants to comfort us

"Comfort, yes, comfort My people!" says your God.  "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 40:1-3NKJ)

God calls for us to comfort His people, to speak words of comfort to them.  He calls us to tell His people that their warfare is ended—that their deep-rooted sinful desires are pardoned and that they have received double for their sins.  The reason they can be told to hear and receive words of comfort is because the Lord is coming.

When Jesus came to earth He spoke words of comfort to the people.  He told them that God had sent Him and had anointed and empowered Him for a special purpose.  He told them that the Holy Spirit had anointed and empowered Him to heal the broken-hearted and to deliver those in bondage to sin, fear, sickness, and the like.  He told that that He had come to proclaim the truth that God was acting on their behalf, through Him. 

He still speaks the same message today.  He reminds us that through Him we can receive forgiveness, deliverance, strength, and healing in our spirit, soul, and body.  We are to be messengers of comfort.  We are to receive comfort from God for ourselves.  We are to receive an abundance of the life and presence of God so that we can comfort others with the comfort we have received from God.  Let us receive, impart, and declare God’s comfort for ourselves and to others.

Father, we rejoice that You love to comfort us.  Help us to know and receive Your Presence, healing, words of truth, and the impartation of Your Holy Spirit so that we can receive and give Your comfort to others.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day
Receiving the Comfort of God

February 5, 2009

The Bible says God is the God of ALL comfort, who wants to comfort us.  The dictionary definition of comfort includes, “to give vigor to the spirit, to give cheer or relief from depression, to give consolation, to give strength to those who are weak.”  We live in a world that causes our spirit to be weighed down with fear, stress and anxiety—a world that fosters hopelessness and despair, that has no sense of things progressing in purity, peace and joy.  Many seek comfort in themselves or in the things of this world, only to be disappointed, having to settle for what they can do themselves.  God is the God of ALL comfort.  He has a plan to comfort us and to bring His heavenly Kingdom onto the earth.  We will be looking at some of the ways God comforts us and at how we can receive and live in His comfort.

 Jesus had compassion on and comfort for the people

And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14 NKJ)

“Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, ‘I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.’" (Matthew 15:32 NKJ)

“And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. So He began to teach them many things.” (Mark 6:34 NKJ)

God wants to comfort us.  That is His desire for us, which comes from His very nature and character.  Jesus came to manifest God’s will.  By becoming a human, weak like us, He showed us God’s desire to comfort us; then He let the Spirit of God reside in and upon Him so that He could know, receive and manifest God’s will through His words and actions.

 Jesus healed the sick because He was moved with compassion for them.  He knew that because of sin, sickness came into the world, but He also knew that it was God’s desire for Him to become the Lamb who would be punished in our stead and who would bear our griefs and sorrows.  Therefore He was able to heal those who came to Him. 

Jesus was concerned for all the needs of the people.  When multitudes were with Him for many days, they needed food.  The multitudes did not leave Jesus because of their hunger, but they stayed with Him as long as He would speak the words of God to them.  After He finished speaking, Jesus knew they were hungry and would be weak as they traveled home, so He miraculously used five loaves and two fish to feed all of them.  He knew God would use what was available and would feed the people, because He knew His Father wanted to meet all our needs.

Jesus sees us walking around without purpose.  He saw the people without a shepherd.  He knew God had sent Him for a purpose--to bring the people into the plans and purposes of God and to bring earth and heaven into unity.  He lived in the purpose and desires of His Father.  He desired that we too would enter into His unity with His Father, wanting what He wanted, and receiving life and direction from Him each day.  He was shepherded by His Father, doing only what He saw His Father doing.  Now He comes to shepherd us, so we can shepherd others.  This is the life He has for us and is able to impart to us.  Let us be shepherded by Him.

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your desire to comfort us. We rejoice that You meet us in every place of need and bring Your presence and Your heavenly ways to us in these times and places.  Help us to see You and to receive from You so that we can be freed from the ways of this world.  Amen.

 

A Thought for the Day
Receiving the Comfort of God

February 6, 2009

The Bible says God is the God of ALL comfort.  He wants to comfort us.  The dictionary definition of comfort includes, “to give vigor to the spirit, to give cheer or relief from depression, to give consolation, to give strength to those who are weak.”  We live in a world that causes our spirit to be weighed down with fear, stress and anxiety—a world that fosters hopelessness and despair, that has no sense of things progressing in purity, peace and joy.  Many seek comfort in themselves or in the things of this world, only to be disappointed, having to settle for what they can do themselves.  God is the God of ALL comfort.  He has a plan to comfort us and to bring His heavenly Kingdom onto the earth.  We will be looking at some of the ways God comforts us and at how we can receive and live in His comfort.

 Giving Comfort to Others

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 the God of all comfort.  Only through Him can we receive a true and lasting comfort, one that will bring total restoration and healing to our spirit, soul, and body.  He has this for us, and He wants to impart it to us so that, knowing Him as the God of all comfort, we seek comfort from Him as we go through trials.  We are then able to witness God’s comforting abilities, and to receive and release comfort from God to give to others.

When we realize that we are given trials to help us know the comfort of God, we are able to let the Holy Spirit lift us up and above the trials that would otherwise weigh us down.  We are able to see Jesus in glory, knowing that He has been glorified and lifted up into the heavenlies, so that He can impart the comfort He received in His trials and sufferings into us from His heavenly position.  Jesus was given the grace to endure His sufferings for us, to overcome our sinful ways when they were placed on Him, and to be raised from the depths of hell and from death, through the power of the Holy Spirit, so that now He can be the imparter of all the comfort of God that we will ever need.  

Jesus, today, is our High Priest, dwelling far above the spiritual powers who reign in the second heaven.  Many seek comfort from the things of the earth; some seek comfort from a “higher power.”  Jesus can give us the highest comfort, because God has anointed Him to be the Priest of the comfort of God Almighty.  Let us seek, receive, and impart the comfort from God to others, giving them the best there is, because He is the GOD OF ALL COMFORT.

Father, we rejoice that You want to comfort us with Your Divine comfort.  We rejoice that through Jesus we can receive Your comfort.  Help us to seek Your comfort and put off the ways of the world, in which people seek to comfort themselves or seek comfort from other spiritual powers, missing the greatness of Your Eternal and Perfect Comfort.  Amen.

 

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