21 The eternal Encourager

Encouragement for difficult days (21):

THE ETERNAL ENCOURAGER

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

John 14:16

 

If anyone felt like their world was collapsing, it was Jesus’ disciples when Jesus left them to go back to heaven. In the upper room, Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him, and Peter would deny Him. Then He told them that He would be going back to the Father in heaven. Was there any encouragement or hope for these beaten men? Yes, there was! Jesus went on to say those well known words in the scripture verse above, promising that the Holy Spirit would come, the Spirit who lives inside the heart of every believer.

We use the word “comforter” to mean “someone who sympathizes, someone who feels hurt with us”. But the word has a much deeper meaning that that. I could sympathize with you, and perhaps never really help you. The word translated “comforter” in out New Testament, actually means “to call to one’s side”. Perhaps the best translation would be “the encourager”. The Holy Spirit is our encourager , and He is always with us to help us live for Christ.

The English word comfort comes from two Latin words; com means “with”, and “fort” means “strength”. So a comforter is not one who sits on the shoulder saying “Keep your chin up!” but someone who helps to give us the strength we need to keep on going.

Jesus told His disciples that He would send them “another Comforter”, and the word another means “another of the same kind”. The Spirit of God takes the place of the Son of God. He is equal to the Son, and able to encourage us just the way that Jesus encouraged His disciples.

What did Jesus do for His disciples? He taught them His Word, gave them directions concerning the will of God, convicted them of their sins, and gave them the power they needed for service. This is what the Spirit does for us today as well. It is impossible to live a joyful, successful Christian life without the Holy Spirit of God.

In my life, I have met many Christians who are discouraged. People have let them down, circumstances are full of problems and hardships, and they feel like they are a failure before God. Some live with much pain or hard handicaps, or maybe both. They feel they accomplish little for God and get very discouraged.

But the Holy Spirit is our encourager! If we are discouraged, it might be that we are not depending on the Holy Spirit of God. How, then, does the Holy Spirit encourage us?

1.       He teaches us the truths of the Bible

Whenever you are getting tired and discouraged, ask the Spirit to enlighten you, and He will reaveal God to you. He will teach us and encourage us.

2.       He prays for us and helps us to pray in God’s will

“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.;” Romans 8:263.      

3.       He gives us the power we need to live the Christian life

“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13

Whatever we need, the Spirit is there to grant it. Patience? Courage? He will do it!

4.       He takes away fear

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2 Timothy 1:7

 

The principal reason why the Hly Spirit is in the world today is to glorify the Son of God (John 16:14). If you and I are living for the glory of God, then the Spirit of God will encourage us and enable us to serve Christ. But if we’re looking for the glory, then we will grieve the Holy Spirit.

If you find yourself discouraged and ready to quit, take time to examine your relationship to the Holy Spirit.

Are you fully yielded to Him?

Are you grieving Him by unconfessed sin?

Are you quenching Him bywillful disobedience?

Have you been neglecting yourBible and prayer?

These are the usual causes of spiritual defeat and discouragement, and we need to make things right when we discover they are wrong.

Yield to the Spirit and trust Him to work matters out in His good time! Feed on the Word of God! Do not permit yourself to give in to your feelings or to judge God’s promises by the difficult circumstances around you! Trust Him! Wait for His help! Know that He will never fail you! In due time, the Comforter will minister to your needs and encourage your heart….

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