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The Holy Spirit Comforts, Encourages and Confirms Us

The Holy Spirit comforts, encourages and confirms us. Observe from the following texts all the ways that the Holy Spirit relates with us and communicates with us. Romans 5:5 encourages, “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” And Romans 8:26 explains, “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 with groans that words cannot express.”

Paul speaks the following blessing in Romans 15:13, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Hope is not merely a warm feeling that comes over us from some stimulant. The Holy Spirit speaks hope into our lives by confirming God’s love and promises for us.

And in 2 Corinthians 13:14 Paul writes, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” There is a fellowship with the Holy Spirit that every follower of Christ experiences. When we rebel against him, we sense the tension that temporarily exists between us and the Spirit. And we feel his urgings to make things right. We experience sweet fellowship with him when we return to him in repentance and humbleness or when he prompts us to do something and we obey. And sometimes we simply enjoy his fellowship just knowing that everything is right with him. It’s like a small child content to be held in the loving arms of mom or dad, knowing that all is well.

In 1 Thessalonians 1:6, Paul reminds the followers of Christ in Thessalonica how they had welcomed the message of Christ with joy given by the Holy Spirit in spite of severe suffering. And the apostle John asserts that the means by which we know that Christ lives in us is by the Spirit he gave us (1 John 3:24). How could the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives demonstrate to us that Christ lives in us unless we could perceive him? And we don’t perceive him like we would a full stomach or a light headedness! We perceive his communication and interaction with us.

A couple of years ago I was hiking in the tundra on a mountain side in the Chugach range of Alaska. It was fall and there was a hint of frost in the air that invigorates with every breath. The tundra displayed as grand a pallet of colors as any northeastern forest does each autumn. And the delicious aroma of low-bush cranberries and blue-berries was almost intoxicating. Suddenly I was overwhelmed with a sense of God’s love, goodness and pleasure in my life! To think that he had created all of this beauty for his enjoyment and ours! And he blessed us with all the sensory functions with which to enjoy it! He is constantly communicating with us if we’re listening.

© Rob Fischer 2008

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