Tuesday, April 17, 2012

50 Days of Holy! The Comforter

The Comforter
Woven Leader Cheryl Simpson

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our troubles,
so that we can comfort those in any trouble
with the comfort we ourselves have received from God."
~2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Some of my favorite memories in the early 1980’s was attending church on Wednesday evenings. It was a great time of celebration, of encouraging and being encouraged. At the time, I was a young mother raising two children. I needed all the encouragement I could get!

All mothers know that a major role is to comfort. This was a place I could go to be comforted, to be encouraged, and to learn to rely even more upon The True Comforter: God's Holy Spirit. As I write these words, the old choruses that were a vital part of our Wednesday night Prayer  Meetings  still ring true in my ears..

     "The Comforter has come! The Comforter has come!”
     “Spirit of the Living God, fall fresh on me”
     “I’m rejoicing night and day as I walk the narrow way, for the Comforter abides in me.”

These songs testify to the Holy Spirit's comforting presence in our hearts. The words encouraged us to share how God's Holy Spirit was still alive and working every day of every week. The testimonies spurred us to keep on keeping on. We sang these choruses over and over again. Thirty years later, I find myself still singing...and still keeping on!
Charles Spurgeon was the most popular preacher in 1850's England. As he preached about the Holy Spirit's role as our Comforter, Spurgeon shared several attributes in describing His work among us.
  • The Comforter is loving, Romans 5:5
"God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us (Romans 5:5).”
  • The Comforter is Faithful
  • The Comforter is Untiring
  • The Comforter is Wise
  • The Comforter is Safe
  • The Comforter is Active
  • The Comforter is Always Present
If you have your journal handy, take a moment and write these down, one at a time. After each attribute, write a testimony of a time when you experienced this comfort of the Holy Spirit. If you find you can't relate, ask God to give you this experience so you can fully know "The Comforter has come"!
If you don't have time to journal, simply relax, contemplate, and breathe deeply as you consider your personal need for each of these attributes. In Ezekiel 36:27, the Lord gave this promise, which was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost:
“I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in all my ways.”
Be assured of the Spirit's presence in your heart and soul today. Share with a sister-friend a time when God, through the Holy Spirit, comforted you in a difficult time. Then, they can be comforted too!

You may even want to celebrate by singing"The Comforter Has Come" in your worship of God this morning...


Cheryl is the grateful wife of 36 years to Ken. They have two children and five granddaughters. Previously a public school teacher, she now spends much of her week doing pastoral care for her church, Newark Church of the Nazarene. She is a Woven Woman: a Woman of Virtue!

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