The Bible tells us that the Father will send the Comforter to us, to teach us all things, and to abide with us forever; and that the Holy Spirit is The Comforter (John 14:16, 26).
We may be familiar with the Holy Spirit’s work as Comforter, but have we thought about how truly comforting the Comforter is?
One of the first and greatest comforts we experience when we receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, is a great 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 an even greater and deeper confidence than what happened to us when we experienced our New Birth:
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God (Romans 8:15, 16).
As these verses show us, as a child of Yahuwah, His children naturally and gladly begin to address the Living God as “Father.” Some of us even 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 — a relationship 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, and that relationship can be so intimate that we could know Him as our loving Father, our 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 and we were in darkness, we had a gnawing, inner agitation that kept us restless, no matter what we were doing. 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, and cried out to Yahushua [Jesus] for forgiveness and salvation.
That was when it became very natural and normal to know the truth of this verse:
Thou [Yahuwah] wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on [holds onto] thee: because he trusteth in thee (Isaiah 26:3).
The Holy Spirit’s Help
Another consideration is this little phrase in Romans, “The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities…” (Romans 8:26a). There are countless times, every day, in which the Holy Spirit helps us in our weaknesses and frailties. Usually we do not recognize half of His enablements, yet when we do have eyes to see the Holy Spirit’s help and intervention, it is remarkable!
Father has made this promise for His children:
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect 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 and look for those who love Yahuwah, in order to show Himself strong on their behalf. This showing Himself strong on their behalf is indeed a comforting work! It is comforting, in that 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 we see in Romans 8:26-27, that 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 which He has begun in us? He tells us that the work He has begun within us, He will accomplish — and He will complete that work in us unto the end (Philippians 1:6; 1Corinthians 1:8).
The Holy Spirit’s comfort is so amazing and so abundant, that we often tend to take His comforting presence for granted, and may not notice it. Yes, the amazing comfort of the Comforter is so constant, that it is easy for us to take His presence for granted, and we become oblivious to His help and comfort! Sadly, we all can grow accustomed to His presence, and thereby forget to be grateful and thankful for all He does for us!
A List of Seven Comforts
Let’s look at some of the ways the Holy Spirit brings comfort. Here is a list of seven comforts the Holy Spirit brings to us:
- 1. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us [sets us apart] from the world, and purifies us by building within us a desire to obey the truth, and then gives us the grace [the enablement] to obey the truth (1Peter 1:2, 22).
- 2. The Holy Spirit works within us to give us the will, the desire for Father’s good pleasure, and then the Holy Spirit gives us the grace [enablement], to do according to Father’s good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
- 3. The Holy Spirit reveals to us, and teaches us the things of Yahuwah, thereby enabling us to spiritually discern the Word and the Truth of Yahuwah (1Corinthians 2:12-14; Psalms 86:11).
- 4. The Holy Spirit is for us the Spirit of power [strength], whereby we are enabled to be fruitful in every good work, and to remain hopeful, joyful, and peaceful (2Timothy 1:7; Colossians 1:8-11; Romans 15:13).
- 5. The Holy Spirit is for us the Spirit of love, whereby we are enabled to love one another (2Timothy 1:7; 1Peter 1:22; 1John 3:14a).
- 6. The Holy Spirit gives us a sound mind, whereby we are enabled to know the things that are freely given to us of God, and to discern both good and evil (2Timothy 1:7; 1Corinthians 2:12-14; Hebrews 5:14).
- 7. The Holy Spirit shines the light of the knowledge of Yahuwah’s glory into us, through the truth of Yahushua Messiah. He thus confirms to us the excellency and source of His truth, and that it has nothing to do with our own meager efforts (2Corinthians 4:6).
With so much help from the Holy Spirit, may we never forget to be abundantly thankful every day for His ‘great grace’ [many enablements], and for His great comforts!
One of the Greatest Comforts of the Holy Spirit
Finally, one of the greatest comforts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of our heavenly prayer language that He gives 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. The out-flow, or over-flow, of the Holy Spirit comes through our lips, 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, when Baptized in the Holy Spirit, will heartily agree with the apostle Paul: “I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all!” (1Corinthian 14:18).
The practice of prayer by praying in the Spirit is indeed a comfort and a strengthening of our walk with Father, and it is available for every one of Father’s children.
The comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us is confirmed to us over and over again, 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 (1Cor 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 and necessary, and 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, or 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 His Spirit in the inner man (1Corinthians 14:14,4; Ephesians 3:16);
- When we pray in the Spirit we are building and strengthening our faith. In this way we are enabled to maintain and guard our love for Father, and to increase in our expectant hope for Yahushua’s mercy (Jude 1:20, 21).
From the above list, we see the importance of becoming equipped with the Holy Spirit’s own prayer language for us, as we yield our voice to Him and He speaks through our lips. 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 ye be endued [clothed] with power from on high” — to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit! (Acts 1:4,5,8; Luke 24:49)
Oh, the amazing and wonderful 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 continuously bring us knowledge and understanding. But it is the precious Holy Spirit that enlightens the Scriptures to us, and brings the Scriptures to our remembrance. Thus He comforts us, and is a very present help in our time of need (Psalms 107:20; 2Corinthians 6:2; Psalms 46:1).
It is the precious Holy Spirit that comforts us with Father’s great grace [His many enablements], enabling us to remain hopeful, joyful, and peaceful, even through all our afflictions and trials.
Thank you, Abba Father, for your ever-amazing Holy Spirit, our Comforter!
- If you are not sure if you have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, please see: Have You Received The Holy Spirit Since You Believed?