A Comforter in Hard Times
In recent months our country has seem untold devastation. Drought and fires, then landslides in the west. Last year we had the severe winter weather. This year, thus far, the winter has been the warmest on record rocking the Midwest and eastern states with unprecedented flooding and tornadoes and high winds. Even Europe has been having similar weather. Racial tensions have been on the rise. Terrorist attacks and serial killings are nearly a daily event. How can anyone sleep at night in a world that seems to be turning upside down? How do we find peace when there is no peace in this world?
The Gift Of the Holy Spirit
The Lord has a gift to give you to help you with that.. Jesus said that he would pray to the Father and that he (the father) would send another comforter to abide with us forever. (John 14:16. In the next verse (17) he said that this comforter was the Spirit of truth which the world could not receive because they did not see or know that Spirit, but that with Believers in Christ, he would dwell with them and IN them.
Later in John 14:26 he says the comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in his name (Jesus) would teach us all things and bring to our memories what Christ has told us. .In John 15:26, he reiterates that the Comforter is the spirit of truth who comes from the Father and testifies of Jesus. . John 16:7 he says that it would be better for his disciples if Jesus went away because then he would send the comforter. The Comforter could not come until he went away and Jesus sent for him.
In John 16:8-15, Jesus explains the purpose that the Holy Spirit will serve. This Spirit of Truth would convict the world of sin and convince of them of their need for His righteousness. There is no righteousness in this world system. The world is corrupt. Period. If we are to escape his judgment, we will have to accept His righteousness. The Spirit of Truth comes to live in us to guide us in the way that God has prepared for us. The Spirit will show us the good things that God wants for us.
What is the Difference between the Holy Spirit and the Holy Ghost
Don’t be confused to think that the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit are two different things. Spirit and Ghost means breath both in the Hebrew and Greek. In Genesis, it says that God breathed into Adams nostrils his breath. When man sinned, the breath of God died in him and went from an immortal being to a mortal one. Because Adam sinned and we continue Adam’s traditions of sin, our mortal bodies will die. The only way for us to live again is to accept Christ and to allow his Spirit to dwell in us.
When the Holy Spirit Came
Because our bodies are born into sin, they will die. However, Jesus gave us his spirit to live in us. His spirit came into the believers on the Jewish holiday known as Pentecost. It was part of the law that God gave to Moses. Pentecost means fifty. In the upper room, in Acts 2, the believers had gathered for Pentecost and they were all in one accord praying. Suddenly there came a rushing mighty wind and it filled the house. Above their heads they could see tongues of fire and suddenly they began to speak with other tongues. People heard them praising God in their own languages. Peter suddenly understood something from the book of Joel. He told that in the last days that God would pour out his Spirit on all Flesh and that young men would see visions and old men would dream dreams.
My Personal Experience
I first accepted Christ at Christmas the year I turned five. I remember telling my Dad what Jesus had done for me in that he died for me. Several years later, I remember coming home from a church service. It was in May, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it had been Pentecost Sunday. (The timing was right). I must have been about nine or ten. The reason I remember that is because I remember I was wearing a dress that I wore to my cousin’s wedding and that was the age I was when I had the dress. I remember that I came home and was sitting in my mother’s flower garden and i was facing the orchard where the apple trees were in bloom. The grass was green and everything was in flower. I remember feeling so grateful for everything that God had done. I remember I started singing a song that I knew. The song that comes to mind now is “For the Beauty of the Earth”. Anyway I remember singing song after song that I knew, but they never seemed to be enough. I felt I needed praise Him with something more. Suddenly, I started singing in a language that I did not know.
Over the years after that, whenever I felt especially happy or afraid I would start singing in that language, and whenever I did sing in that language, I sensed a connection with God that I didn’t normally have.
I didn’t know about Acts Chapter Two experience until years later. I remember that a friend invited me to her parents’ church. She warned me not to be afraid because “they did things differently there”. I remember that night because a lot of people who were there spoke in an unknown language and I watched a man be healed of a heart attack. I wasn’t afraid, on the contrary, I was actually relieved to know that I wasn’t the only one who had this type of experience.
The Holy Spirit Available to Everyone? Yes! Tongues? Maybe
Should every Christian speak in tongues? I don’t know. I can only tell you about my experience. I think it is wrong for us to decide for others exactly what their experience is Christ is supposed to be. All I can tell you is that Christ wants YOU to have his spirit dwelling in you. God wants to breathe his spirit into you and change you into the image of him that he wants you to be. That image is the best that you can be because it is the perfect you that he intended for you to be..
Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm. As Author Cygnet Brown, she has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener
She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .