The Comforter John 14:16

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We all like comfort.  Some have comforters on their beds.  People like to stay in their comfort zone.  We like our creature comforts.  Some of us have favorite comfort foods.  People look for something or someone to comfort them when they are hurting.  That’s how we get in trouble with sin sometimes.

God gave us the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter.  He comforts you when you are: Distressed by sin; Saddened by Loss; Overcome by Suffering; Sickened by Illness; Troubled by fear; Confused by error; Depressed by bad news; Discouraged by failure; Overwhelmed by everything.

The Holy Spirit will comfort you with:

His presence – he continually dwells in you [Jn 14:16].  He never leaves you alone; he’s there 24 hours a day.  You can call on him at any time day or night.  When Pastor Keck was grieving Anna Matthews’ death, he was comforted in just having someone to sit with him in the late night.  The Spirit of God is there to do that for us.

His promises – the Spirit constantly reminds you of God’s words [Jn 14:26].  There is such incomprehensible comfort in the scriptures.  He reminds us of the sufficiency of God’s grace, the superiority of God’s wisdom, the reliability of God’s words, the assurance of God’s salvation, the reality of heaven, and the hope of Christ’s return.

His peace – Jn 14:27 – he has a peace that passeth all understanding [Phil 4:6-7].  When you are seeking the Lord and seeking his direction, his peace gives you such an assurance that you are in his will.

His power – Lk 24:49; Acts 1:8; Jn 15:26 – the Holy Spirit gives us the power to witness and testify of Jesus Christ to others. We don’t have to be scared or rely upon our own ability.  The Holy Spirit works through us to say what he wants others to hear.

His path – Jn 16:13; Rom 8:14 – as sons of God, we are led by the spirit of God.  He guides us into all truth.  He will never mislead you. You don’t have to worry about where you are going to end up because he will guide you along the road of truth.  Remember that he desires to lead you gently.  It’s like walking a well-trained dog on a leash.  A gentle nudge will bring him right back into line.  Don’t grieve the Spirit or you will lose your responsiveness to his gentle leading.