Comfort others…

2 Corinthians 1.4

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of 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 receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7

The Sovereign God, who is always doing more than one thing at a time, has purpose in trouble, disappointment, and suffering. He is the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Comfort that He expects us to use to comfort others.

Isn’t it comforting just to know that God gives comfort/encouragement to us with the expectation that we will pass it on…that the heartache, tears, inner pain does have purpose? Paul says in verse 6, If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.” Let’s see, I am distressed and one reason for the distress is your comfort and salvation. I then find comfort and that is for your comfort as well and will produce patient endurance when it is your season to suffer. What a great God, in it all He is training us to be instruments of comfort or comforters for others. 

It really is the grace of transformation at work here. The taking on of the character and nature of God. Remember verse 1, Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.  The Father of our Lord Jesus who is the image of the Father, and the Holy Spirit as described in John 14:26, But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

We look at Paul’s list of troubles and know that his life experiences gave him much need of comfort.

“I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.” 2 Corinthians 11:23-28

Certainly, there would be need for much comfort, encouragement, and strengthening as Paul labored for the Lord. Therefore, he would have much comfort, encouragement, and strengthening to pass along.

I belief that while we could agree that none of us have experienced Paul’s exact life, we could all look back over our lives and know that there have been and perhaps even right now, seasons of receiving the comfort, encourage, and strength that only God gives. This should cause us to bow with thanks and praise for how God used His servants to help us through, to bring us a due Word in season, to pray for us, meet our needs, to just be there.

I am reminded of Hebrews 12:15a, “See to it that no one misses the grace of God.” With this in mind, may we commit to the Lord as His instruments of grace of comfort, encouragement and strength in the Name of Jesus to the glory of God and the blessing and benefit of His people!

Isaiah 51.12a

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Hope for today: we do not lose heart

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So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,  as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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Victory belongs to Jesus

Romans 8.37

18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.
24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have?
25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
29 For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
30 And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.
34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
36 As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,
39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:18-39
Romans 8.35-37

Hope for today: declared righteous

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For while we were still helpless, at the appointed moment, Christ died for the ungodly. For rarely will someone die for a just person—though for a good person perhaps someone might even dare to die. But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us! Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. 10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life! 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have now received this reconciliation through Him. Romans 5:6-11

 

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Hope for today: what is good and required

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Mankind, He has told you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you:
to act justly,
to love faithfulness,
and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

 

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Hope for today: a living hope

Hope

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 1 Peter 1:3-4

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Hope for today: kindness and love of God

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But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,
He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.
Titus 3:4-5

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But because You said so…2

Luke 5.5b

One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret,
the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God.
Luke 5:1

     The story begins with Jesus standing by the Lake Gennersaret (Sea of Galilee). He has preached in the synagogues in Galilee and there are great crowds following him wherever He goes. The NIV translation says the people were crowding around Him and listening to Word of God with the KJV saying that the crowd pressed upon Him.

Pressing reminds me of a toddler who is walking and has a natural curiosity, trying to talk, and their favorite question is “what you doing?” The child wants to know, wants to see and he comes and presses upon you until you pick him up and allow him to see just what is on that counter and what you are doing with it. This toddler just has to know and will have no satisfaction until you lift him up and he’s in the midst of what’s taking place.

This is the the way this crowd is- pressing in, wanting to know, to hear, to experience what Jesus has to say. It is with good reason for Matthew 7:28-29 tells us that “the crowds were amazed at His teaching, because He taught as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.” It reminds of John 7:45-46, when the chief priests and Pharisees sent the guards out to bring Jesus in and they returned empty handed. “Finally the temple guards went back to the chief priests and the Pharisees, who asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards replied.”

Jesus is the Living Word of God! No one could, can, or will ever speak His Word, the Word of God, like He did or does by His Spirit. The people couldn’t get enough and so they are pressing in, crowding around Him, and listening to what Jesus has to say.

Every blood bought child of God should have that same heart and desire. We should be like the Psalmist in chapter 119, ‘Your Word is my delight, I will not neglect your Word, it is more precious than silver or gold, I meditate on it day and night.’

It causes me to ask God to reveal truth to me about my own delight, is it truly for Him therefore His Word or does my taste lie with someone or something else? What does my life demonstrate that I am pressing for, is it the Word or the world and what it offers? How I spend my time will help me to know. What is my mind focused upon, the Word of God or your own words, thoughts or ideas, or in this season the media? What is my meditation- the cares, trials, and happenings of the world or Truth as revealed in the Holy Word of God?

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night (Psalm 1:2).”

Our blessings, our hope, our encouragement and our being a display of God’s glory will always be found in pressing for Jesus and His Holy Word.  In order to press, we have to be resolved, determined, minds fixed, purposeful and intentional about pressing for the living, breathing Word of God?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4).”

O heavenly Father, the Author and Finisher of my faith. I look to you, cause my desire to be for You as my greatest Treasurer. Help me to be just like that toddler- seeking, pressing, to know and experience You and Your Holy Word! You are my life, hope, joy, and peace…and I am thankful for it!
In Jesus Name,
Amen

Psalm 37.4

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Hope for today: Prove me, O Lord

HopeProve me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
For Your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in Your faithfulness. Psalm 26:2-3

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Wisdom Wednesday

Exodus 33 verse 13

Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday! Yesterday’s post about knowing God caused me to remember a previous Wednesday with quotes from my friend, A. W. Tozer. I thought it would be a blessings to read those once again! May we draw near to our Great God for when we do He has promised to draw near to us!

Wisdom Wednesday

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It’s Wisdom Wednesday!
I pray that you will find a blessing in the following quotes from
A.W. Tozer, “The Knowledge of the Holy.” Selah.
Please leave a comment if you are led to share.

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.”

“Yet if we would know God and for other’s sake tell what we know we must try to speak of his love. All Christians have tried but none has ever done it very well. I can no more do justice to that awesome and wonder-filled theme than a child can grasp a star. Still by reaching toward the star the child may call attention to it and even indicate the direction one must look to see it. So as I stretch my heart toward the high shining love of God someone who has not before known about it may be encouraged to look up and have hope.”

“Without doubt, the mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightest word in any language is its word for God.”

 

“Until we have seen ourselves as God see us, we are not likely to be much disturbed over conditions around us as long as they do not get so far out of hand as to threaten our comfortable way of life. We have learned to live with unholiness and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.”

 

“God perfectly knows Himself and, being the source and author of all things, it follows that He knows all that can be known. And this He knows instantly and with a fullness of perfection that includes every possible item of knowledge concerning everything that exists or could have existed anywhere in the universe at any time in the past or that may exist in the centuries or ages yet unborn.”

 

“We do God more honor by believing what He has said about Himself and having the courage to come boldly to the throne of grace than by hiding in self-conscious humility among the trees of the garden.”

 

“The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is – in itself a monstrous sin – and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. Always this God will conform to the image of the one who created it and will be base or pure, cruel or kind, according to the moral state of the mind from which it emerges. A god begotten in the shadows of a fallen heart will quite naturally be no true likeness of the true God.”

 

“Brief life is here our portion, Brief sorrow, short-lived care; The life that knows no ending, The tearless life is there. There God, our King and Portion, In fullness of His grace, We then shall see forever, And worship face to face.”

“The essence of idolatry is the entertainment of thoughts about God that are unworthy of Him. It begins in the mind and may be present where no overt act of worship has taken place.”

“So, were every man on earth to become atheist, it could not affect God in any way. He is what He is in Himself without regard to any other. To believe in Him adds nothing to His perfections; to doubt Him takes nothing away. Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support.”

“So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God’s free determination,”

“To be right we must think worthily of God. It is morally imperative that we purge from our minds all ignoble concepts of the Deity and let Him be the God in our minds that He is in His universe. The Christian religion has to do with God and man, but its focal point is God, not man. Man’s only claim to importance is that he was created in the divine image; in himself he is nothing.”

“God will not compromise and He need not be coaxed. He cannot be persuaded to alter His Word nor talked into answering selfish prayer. In all our efforts to find God, to please Him, to commune with Him, we should remember that all change must be on our part. “I am the Lord, I change not.” We have but to meet His clearly stated terms, bring our lives into accord with His revealed will, and His infinite power will become instantly operative toward us in the manner set forth through the gospel in the Scriptures of truth.”

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“With the goodness of God to desire our highest welfare, the wisdom of God to plan it, and the power of God to achieve it, what do we lack? Surely we are the most favored of all creatures.”

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