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The Comfort of God

I encourage you to look at 2 Corinthians, chapter 1 verses 3 through 7 today. In verses 3 and 4 the apostle Paul writes that God comforts us in all our tribulations, troubles, persecutions and the pressures that we come under daily. The Holy Spirit is the comforter, helper or one who pulls alongside to assist (John 14:26).

In the world we will have tribulation but God has overcome the powers of darkness in the world and we can walk victorious by faith (John 16:33). In the passage we are studying (2 Cor 1:3-7), we are assured that as we suffer tribulation and affliction, we WILL, as Christians, receive God’s comfort. In verse 4 of our text, Paul teaches us that as we receive comfort in tribulation, we can share this encouragement with others by teaching them the word and introducing them to the Holy Spirit, the comforter. Verse 6 of our text is very interesting. Paul basically doesn’t complain about his trials but rejoices in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. He also rejoices in the fact that his trials and the comfort God supplies, can serve as an example and encouragement to others. Wow, what a great attitude. In persecution and suffering Paul’s thoughts were more for others than for himself. Can we learn from this example?

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Do You Walk in the Blessings of Abraham?

God told Abram that he would bless him and make of him a great nation; he also promised that through him everyone on the earth would be blessed (Gen 12:2-3). To be blessed in Old Testament writing meant to be blessed greatly or abundantly in all areas of life. Abraham had a close relationship with God and certainly grew to be great and immensely wealthy (Gen 24:35).

In the New Testament in Galatians chapter 3 and verses 13-14, Paul wrote that: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law (see Deut 28 for the curse), being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” (KJV; Gal 3: 13-14).

The Gentiles are any the non-Jewish people. If you are a Christian and have given your life to Christ, then you are blessed with believing Abraham (Gal 3:9). Through Abraham's seed or lineage, came Jesus and in Jesus we have all the blessings of Abraham and so much more. Through Jesus we have forgiveness (Col 1:14), abundant life (John 10:10), healing (1 Peter 2:24), power and authority over all the works of satan (Matt 28:18). We were taken from darkness to God’s kingdom of light (Col 1:13); we walk in Christ’s victory (1 Cor 15:57).

Are you praising and thanking God yet?

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The Challenges of Life

 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Cor 10:13; KJV). The word temptation in the Greek has the broad meaning of temptation, trial or test. Isn’t it good to know that all of the tests, trials and temptations that come against us are no different from what every other Christian experiences.

So often we can feel that we are the only ones who have a particular problem, but our verse above says that is not so. Our verse goes on to show us that God is faithful and will not allow us to face something we just can’t handle. God says he will provide us with a way out so that we can deal with the things that come against us.

God is faithful, he will always provide the answer. God never changes (Mal 3:6), nothing can ever separate us from his love (Rom 8:38-39). He is always there for us. If we still ourselves before him and get into his word, he will show us the way out. He will speak to us through his word (John 16:13-14) and in that peaceable still small voice (1 Kings 19:12).

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Our Intimate Relationship with God

"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant” (Ps 25:14 KJV). The Hebrew word for secret in this context suggests an intimate conversation between friends.  Wow! To think that we can have that kind of relationship with God. Of course, it says that we must fear and worship him in order to have that kind of relationship.

This is not the only place in the Bible that we read this either; In Proverbs 3:32 we read that God's secret counsel is with the righteous. In Genesis 18:17 God spoke of his intention to share with Abraham his plans for Sodom and Gomorrah and in Genesis 6:13-14 God revealed to Noah that he would send the flood.

We know that Jesus shared many secret mysteries with the apostle John (Rev 1:1) because the whole book of Revelation is the result. In the New Testament in John 15:15 Jesus said: "Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard from my Father I have made known unto you". God is a person and he longs to communicate and share his closest thoughts with us; we need to be open to that, to put aside time to allow that and create the right environment for it. So, take God at his word today and enjoy intimate conversation with the Lord.

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Are You Blessed Today?

How wonderful to know that the thoughts God has toward us are for peace and to give us a future and a hope (Jer 29:11). Jeremiah also tells us that the man who trusts in God is blessed (Jer 17:7): “he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit” (Jer 17:8; KJV).

Read Psalm 23 today and be encouraged. In that psalm God covers all the bases. It says he provides all of our needs from peace of mind and tranquility to protection; He leads us in righteousness and his anointing is on us. God is with us the Psalmist says; his goodness and mercy and we will live in his house for ever. Wow, can’t it get any better?

Well, in Ephesians 3:19-21 we are told that we can know Christ’s love and be filled with all of God’s fullness. In verses 20-21 Paul says that: “now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen”. Double Wow.

Are you blessed today? Then you really should give him thanks and praise, no matter what is going on around you. Be encouraged today

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