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This week’s Word: May 14th – 20th, 2012
Comfort – Greek words: paraklesis, paramythia, paregoria, eupsycheo: calling to one’s side to exhort or console; speaking closely with a great degree of tenderness; a soothing solace, medicinal; to bring cheer or wellness to the soul"called to one's side," i.e., to one's aid is primarily a verbal adjective, and suggests the capability or adaptability for giving aid. It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defense, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another's cause, an intercessor, advocate, as in 1 John 2:1, of the Lord Jesus. In the widest sense, it signifies a "succorer, comforter." Christ was this to His disciples, by the implication of His word "another (allos, "another of the same sort," not heteros, "different") Comforter," when speaking of the Holy Spirit, John 14:16. In John 14:26; John 15:26; John 16:7 He calls Him "the Comforter." "Comforter" or "Consoler" corresponds to the name "Menahem," given by the Hebrews to the Messiah. (Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words).
Isaiah 40:1-8 (KJV)
1 Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God.
2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the LORD'S hand double for all her sins.
3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain:
5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
6 The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field:
7 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
John 14:1-21 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
8 Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake.
12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.
20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
DAILY PRAYER/AFFIRMATION: Dear Jesus, thank You for providing comfort to me and for being a Comforter. I am comforted by your Word. I will comfort others with Your Word. I know that the Holy Ghost has come to bring all things to my remembrance. As I remember Your Will and direction concerning my life; I will agree with Your Word. I will remind others to not have troubled hearts but rather to believe on You as the scripture has said so rivers of living water will flow out of their bellies. I will believe while I live that you will return for your people of which I am one. I am glad you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Thank you for showing me how to comfort others with Your promises and truth; Your Word is truth. I have victory in Your name as an ambassador for You with the Comforter’s indwelling power, the Holy Ghost. In Jesus’ name, Thank God, Amen.
Every day there is more bad news reported than good. It takes a concerted effort to find good news! Isn’t it great that God already had a remedy for bad news with His Good News – The Gospel of Jesus Christ!!! Salvation is always good news in the midst of trouble, trials, tribulations, temptations, or any cloudy day blues! Whatever situation or circumstance you find yourself in or situations others tell you about when in their distress; THE WORD WORKS – EVERY TIME FOR ALL THINGS!!! Everyday this week as you engage in the daily prayer and affirmation along with the daily readings; consider the following questions from a platform of victory versus defeat because the Comforter has come…for you and YOU ARE A SUCCESSFUL AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST!!!
How can you keep your heart from being troubled?
What are the works that you can do that are “greater” than the works Christ carried out during His earthly journey?
How has the Holy Ghost comforted you today?
How did you use that comfort to comfort and convert others?
When has peace replaced your troubled heart?
When normal grief occurs, how can comfort assist in getting you restored to full strength?
Review the Greek definitions of comfort from the Vines Dictionary and seek out ways to implement them with yourself and as you interact with others.
Comfort one another with these words…
Day 1 – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-17
Day 2 – Colossians 4:8-12
Day 3 – 2 Corinthians 13:11-14
Day 4 – Romans 15:1-6
Day 5 – Acts 9:26-31
Day 6 – Zachariah 1:16-17
Day 7 – Colossians 3:12-17
This is A WORD 4U!
Peace be unto each of you,
Dr. Brenda J. Bowers, PhD