The Bible tells us that God will send the Comforter to His children.
The Holy Spirit is The Comforter! The Holy Spirit is sent to help God’s children, to teach them, and to abide with them forever (John 14:16,26).
As a child of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God], we may be familiar with the Holy Spirit’s work as the Comforter. But, have we really thought about how truly comforting The Comforter is?
One of the first comforts we experience when we receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5,8; Luke 24:49), is a firm, confident, and abiding conviction that we are indeed a child of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God].
This strong conviction of being one of His children, is even greater and deeper than what happened when we experienced our New Birth:
For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15-16).
These verses show us that, as a child of Yahuwah, His children gladly begin to address the Living God as “Father.” Some of us desire to call Him Abba [‘Daddy’].
Certainly, we would always want to address the heavenly Father with reverence and honour. Yet as a Father, Yahuwah delights in a close relationship with His children, so close that we would want to call Him ‘Daddy’.
This is absolutely amazing — that we can have a relationship with the Creator of the universe, the Living God, who inhabits eternity! That relationship can be so intimate that we can know Him as our loving Daddy!
A Perfect Peace
As we begin to know the Creator of the universe as our Father, then by the comfort of the Holy Spirit, there comes a peace and a trust within us that surpasses our understanding.
In our former days, when we were walking according to the course of this world, when we were in spiritual darkness, we had a deep gnawing, inner agitation that kept us restless. We may have done our best to ignore or deny the inner agitation, but finally … there came a day when we admitted our need for Yahuwah [the LORD], and cried out to Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] for forgiveness and salvation.
That was when we began to know Father’s perfect and abiding peace as this verse confirms:
You [Yahuwah] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on [holds onto] You: because he trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3).
The Holy Spirit’s Help
Another comfort is this little phrase in Romans, “The Spirit also helps us in our infirmities (our weaknesses)…” (Romans 8:26a).
There are countless times, every day, in which the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses. Usually we do not recognize half of His enablements, yet when we do ‘see’ the Holy Spirit’s help and intervention, it is remarkable!
Father has made this promise for His children:
For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect [fully committed] toward Him. (2Chronicles 16:9a)
As this verse reveals, it is the eyes of Yahuwah — His infinite, all-seeing Holy Spirit — who searches throughout the whole earth. This searching work of the Holy Spirit is to search for those who truly love Yahuwah. The Holy Spirit searches for such people in order to show Himself strong and available on their behalf.
This “showing Himself strong” on our behalf is indeed a comforting work! It is comforting, because He knows our situation, He knows our need, He hears our cry, and He answers us in our distress!
The Holy Spirit searches out, and knows those who belong to Father, and therefore He “makes intercession for the saints, according to the will of God” (Romans 8:27). The Holy Spirit intervenes on our behalf!
This is amazing!
First, we know that Yahushua Messiah, our Saviour, is at the Father’s right hand making intercession for us (Romans 8:34) [this alone is awesome!]. Then, as we see in Romans 8:26-27, we have an additional intercession on our behalf — the intercession made by the Holy Spirit, living within us!
With such help as this, how could we ever doubt His great love for us, and the work He has begun in us?!
God tells us that the work He has begun in us, He will accomplish it — He will complete the work began in us, unto the end (Philippians 1:6; 1Corinthians 1:8).
The Holy Spirit’s comfort is so amazing, so abundant, that often, we tend to take His presence for granted.
Yes, the amazing comfort of The Comforter is so constant, that it is easy to become oblivious to His help and comfort! Sadly, we can grow accustomed to His help, and thereby forget to be grateful and thankful for all He does for us!
A List of Seven Comforts
Let’s look at some more ways the Holy Spirit brings comfort.
Through the New Birth, we become a new creation (2Corinthians 5:17).
As a new creation [someone who is a newly adopted child of Yahuwah Elohim], the Holy Spirit comes upon us to set us apart [sanctify us] from the world (1Peter 1:2).
Once we are Born Again, the comforting and transforming work of the Holy Spirit begins in us:
- 1. The Holy Spirit begins His transforming and purifying work in us by building within us a desire and the grace [the enablement] to obey the truth (1Peter 1:22-23).
- 2. The Holy Spirit works within us, giving us the will, or the ‘want to do’ Father’s good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
- 3. As we study the Scriptures, it is the Holy Spirit who teaches us the things of Yahuwah, and enables us to spiritually discern His WORD and His Truth (1Corinthians 2:12-13; Psalms 86:11).
- 4. The Holy Spirit is for us the Spirit of power [strength], for He enables us to be fruitful in every good work, and to remain hopeful, joyful, and peaceful (2Timothy 1:7; Romans 15:13; Colossians 1:9b-10).
- 5. The Holy Spirit is for us the Spirit of love, for He enables us to love one another (2Timothy 1:7; 1John 3:14)
- 6. The Holy Spirit gives us a sound mind, for He enables us to know, from the Scriptures, the things Father has given us, and we can become confident in discerning both good and evil (2Timothy 1:7; 1Corinthians 2:12; Hebrews 5:14).
- 7. The Holy Spirit shines the light [the understanding] of the knowledge of Yahuwah’s glory into us, through receiving the truth of Yahushua Messiah. Over and over, by the Holy Spirit, the Scriptures comfort us, and confirms to us the excellency of God’s truth, and that it has nothing to do with our own wisdom (2Corinthians 4:6).
With so much help from the Holy Spirit, may we never forget to be abundantly thankful every day, every moment, for His grace and comforts!!
One of the Greatest Comforts of the Holy Spirit
One of the greatest comforts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of our heavenly prayer language. Our heavenly prayer language is given to us when we are Baptized in the Holy Spirit.
As we saw in Have You Received The Holy Spirit Since You Believed?, when the Holy Spirit Baptism occurs in us, we are filled to over-flowing. This out-flow, or over-flow, of the Holy Spirit comes through our voice, and becomes the experience of speaking in tongues, as the Scriptures confirm (Acts 2:4; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:6). This heavenly prayer language is the means whereby the Holy Spirit makes intercession on our behalf, while we are praying (Romans 8:26-27).
The heavenly gift of speaking in tongues is what the apostle Paul refers to as ‘praying in the Spirit’ or ‘praying with the Spirit’ (Ephesians 6:18); 1Corinthians 14:15). Those who have received this supernatural gifting of the Holy Spirit’s over-flowing, upon being baptized in the Holy Spirit, will heartily agree with the apostle Paul: “I thank my God, that I speak with tongues, more than you all!” (1Corinthians 14:18).
The practice of praying in the Spirit is indeed a comfort and a strengthening of our walk with Father, and it is available for ALL of Father’s children.
The comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us is confirmed to us over and over, as we pray in the Spirit — praying in our heavenly prayer language.
It is true, as Paul tells us, that when we pray in the Spirit, our understanding is unfruitful (1Corinthians 14:14). Yet, as we pray in the Spirit, it is also very true that our heavenly prayer language begins to help us tremendously! We come to understand and confirm what the Scriptures mean regarding praying in the Spirit:
- When we do not know what to pray for, then praying in the Spirit helps us to pray what is needful, according to Father’s will, at that particular moment (Romans 8:26-27);
- When we pray in our heavenly prayer language, our spirit prays, along with the Holy Spirit, and we speak things that edify [build up] our inner-most being! In this way we fulfill Paul’s prayer for Father’s children: that we would be strengthened with might by God’s Spirit in our inner man (1Corinthians 14:4a); (Ephesians 6:16);
- When we pray in the Spirit we are building up and strengthening our faith walk (Jude 1:20-21). In this way we are enabled to maintain and guard our love for Father, and to increase our expectant hope for His mercy.
From the above list, we see the importance of being equipped with the Holy Spirit’s unique prayer language for us! When we yield our voice to Him, then the Holy Spirit can pour upon us the gift of our prayer language. Our personal prayer language becomes a means of bringing more of God’s personal guidance for us that originates from the Holy Spirit.
With the confirming witness of the Scriptures, we will begin to understand the Holy Spirit’s guidance with more confidence. The important thing to remember is that the Holy Spirit’s guidance will always be in agreement with the Scriptures. The Spirit of God will not contradict the Word of God. The Word of God and the Spirit of God will always be in complete harmony and agreement. This is very comforting for discerning Father’s guidance for us.
Now we can see why it is essential for all Believers to heed Yahushua’s instruction, to “Wait for the promise of the Father“ — “until you be endued [clothed] with power from on high” — to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit! (see Acts 1:4,5,8; Luke 24:49)
Oh, how amazing and wonderful is the goodness and mercy of Yahuwah Elohim!!
A Very Present Help
Father has given us His Word, the Scriptures, as a huge source of comfort, to continually bring us His knowledge, understanding, and guidance. But it is the precious Holy Spirit that enlightens the Scriptures to us, bringing the Scriptures to our remembrance!
And of course, we must remember the Holy Spirit is as close to us as a simple prayer — a very present help in our time of need (see Psalms 107; Psalms 46:1).
The precious Holy Spirit strengthens us with Father’s great grace [His many enablements]. And, the Holy Spirit enables us to remain hopeful and peaceful, even through our afflictions and trials!
What mercy and lovingkindness for Father to give to His children His Holy Spirit!!
for Your ever-present, ever-amazing
Holy Spirit, our Comforter!
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I love pneumatology, so I really enjoyed reading the article!