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How the Holy Spirit Comforts Us – Manifestation of Power!

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This is a follow up to the previous article “How does the Holy Spirit comfort you?” It is important to read through it and combine the understanding with the last discussion. This is actually what many long for but can’t really actualise because of lack of understanding.

The Holy Spirit manifests the power of God to help us live happy lives on earth.  Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”

Jesus manifested the power of the Holy Spirit to bring comfort to people in various areas of their lives. He healed the sick, comforted the bereaved, raised the dead, feed the hungry, empathised with the rejected, touch the untouchable and restored the outcasts.

It is the will of God that all goes well with you. 3 John verse 2 says, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers.” (AMP.)

It is the will of God that all go well with us and the Holy Spirit is happy to work this out. That was what Jesus meant when he said “I will not leave you comfortless.”

“A man suffering from a dreaded skin disease came to Jesus, knelt down, and begged him for help. If you want to, he said, you can make me clean. Jesus was filled with pity, and reached out and touched him. I do want to, he answered. Be clean!At once the disease left the man and he was clean” GNT

1 Cor. 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”

The power can only be manifested through the Holy Spirit.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Acts1:8. (KJV). This explains the many struggles people have serving God; they do a lot of things with the Holy Spirit. The fact that someone else is doing a thing doesn’t mean you should do it. If you keep following people blindly, you may end up in a cul-de-sac, which is a dead end.

The vogue now is to use “methods” to preach the gospel and that is why much argument arises. It is power that advances and establishes the word of God. Which of the miracles written in the Bible can any person agree to by human intellect, if they were told, before it happened? (Even Abraham and Sarah laughed off the idea of giving birth to Isaac. – Check it up)

See also Acts 2:18-21 “And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

That was Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost. Subsequently lots of miracles started happening through the ministry of the disciples. It is a big burden doing it other ways.

We get deliverance by the power of the Holy Ghost: (You may read the books of Acts and Mark to see a lot more about this.)

You can experience divine interventions through the power of the Holy Spirit. I read in one blog yesterday about how God delivered a lady from a rapist; who eventually attacked another person at the same spot the lady passed about 20 minutes ago. (The lady who escaped asked the Lord for help and God did). That was a clear example of spiritual manifestation of good and evil. You may wish to read the book “The Triumphant Life: 31 Secrets of Winning Every Spiritual Warfare, by Felix Odiogor-Odoh.”

How you can get this working in your life?

  1. Believe it.
  2. Ask for it in prayer
  3. Receive it by faith – the just lives by faith.
  4. Confess it.
  5. Live it
  6. Thank God for it.

God bless you.

How Does The Holy Spirit Comfort You?

English: John the Baptist baptizing Christ

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This is a very important topic and I will be quoting a lot of scriptures; however, it will be appreciated if you read most of them from your Bible. This will make this article easy to read. The greatest resource on this topic is the Bible.

God love us so much that he sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth to die for our sins. Jesus accomplished that task and went back to heaven and has been speaking on our behalf on all issues. Before Jesus left, he promised that he will send the comforter, which is the Holy Spirit to us, to help us; and on the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit came. His coming was announced with great event – Acts chapter 2. (You may wish to read this).

““If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18. (NKJV).

Starting from this scripture, we can see that:

  1. The Holy Spirit is our helper. A helper helps those that are in need. One of our greatest needs is self-confidence, we need this in every area of life. This complex of the sinfulness that follows people was dealt with by the Holy Spirit “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death” Rom. 8:1-2.(NKJV).
  2. The Holy Spirit is our Guide. John 16:12-15, says ““I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”. He will teach you the truth. Truth is different from facts. The truth shows how God sees things and how he deals with them. It is this truth of the word of God that make miracles to happen despite the evidence of pain and facts of a problem.
  3. He reveals things of the future: The Holy Spirit can reveal things in the future to you. The scripture in John 16:12-15 reveals that. In June 1993, after the general election in Nigeria, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that the announcement of the results will never be completed. At that time I was doing land survey work at Ogoja area in Cross River State, Nigeria. I told my colleague about it the next day.  The result of that election remains incomplete. He has told me many things all through my Christian life. Please know that it is his prerogative what he tells me and I will never formulate anything to prove that he speaks to me.
  4. The Holy Spirit helps us in our prayers: “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.” Rom.8:26.
  5. He declares that we are Children of God. He witnesses to it; in other words, he proves it. “ The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Rom. 8:16-17. (NKJV)
  6. The Holy Spirit makes us bold and courageous “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”” Rom. 8:15. (NKJV)
  7. He quickens our body; he renews us and energises us daily. “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.”
  8. The Holy Spirit commissions us to God’s work. “Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Acts 13:1-2. (NKJV). He revealed to me that fact that I was going to preach the gospel and even confirmed it using people. One time in church during the service (then) a woman walked up to me and said “have you been told that you are to preach the gospel”. She did not know who I was or things I did. I had been doing youth work and the Lord has told me about full time work  and I had been praying about it(I had told some people about it and requested that they pray along with me).
  9. He intercedes for us according to the will of God. “Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Rom.8:27.
  10. In the time of confusion, the Holy Spirit manifests to give us direction and hope.1 Sam.30:6-8 “And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all
  11. The Holy Spirit always gives peace in times of trouble and life trauma. We feel a strong presence that is difficult to explain.
  12. The Holy Spiritual recalls scriptures that provides hope and strength when all things seems to be falling apart or when the situation are tense.
  13. There are “crazy” moments in life that only the Holy Spirit can handle (Dt. 29.29). Such times that we ask questions that no one can answer. Many people are tempted to volunteer opinions at such times but they never soothe the hearts in trouble expect God intervenes. Mat.2:16-18 ” When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more” (NIV)

The way to go about receiving help from the Holy Spirit is to ask him for help. After you have prayed, open up your mind to receive help. He can use people, the scriptures, inner witness, and many other ways to reach you.

Help from God – You will get help at the right time!

I have a word from the Lord for you this month. Read it, claim it by faith and watch it come true for you.

God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;” Psalm 46:1-2 (NKJV)

God is going to help you. You can have timely help in your plans and in time of trouble.

You can read though Psalm 121 and claim the promises of God for us. It will work. It says;

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

God will act on time and you will not be frustrated.

All scriptures are from www.biblegateway.com

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