Saturday, December 19, 2015

We Need Comfort, We Need Guidance and We Need A Helper

If you don't need anyone of these things, you are one blessed person or persons.  I have to say that I need all three and in the worst possible way.  I cannot live my life without any one of these things.  This is the reason that we can live a life of full surrender to Christ, no other way works.

DA 668 Bottom of page and page 669.  'Before offering Himself as the sacrificial victim, Christ sought for the most essential and complete gift to bestow upon His followers, a gift that would bring within their reach the boundless resources of grace.  'I will pray the Father', He said 'and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; 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 be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.'  John 14:16-18.
     Before this the Spirit had been in the world; from the very beginning of th work of redemptionHe had been moving upon men's hearts. But while Christ was on earth, the disciples had desired no other helper.  Not until they were deprived of His presence would they feel their need of the Spirit, and then He would come.
      The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally.  Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on  earth.  No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ.  By the Spirit the Savior would be accessible to all.  In  this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high.
     At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and th future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith.  Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter.  Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.
     The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of not avail.  The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing.  Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fulness of divine power.  It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure.  Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature.  Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil and to impress His own character upon the church.
     Of the Spirit Jesus said, 'He shall glorify Me.'  The Savior came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world.  The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity.  The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people."

This makes the work of the Holy Spirit so plain that we really can't misunderstand what His work is all about.  We need to pray for His presence in our lives every morning, first thing so there is no chance for evil to come in and overtake us.  Will you make this your priority every morning to submit to the Holy Spirit's power in your life?  Please do, it makes things so much easier to deal with, anger disappears, evil thoughts evaporate into thin air.  We are filled with love where once we had hate in our hearts  Misunderstandings disappear too and life is filled with abundant love and happiness even when things go wrong.  Be assured, I am struggling too.  You are not alone but I know what the out-come is all about and I think you do to, so it really is worth it all, isn't it?  Please say yes.!!

Grandma Joan

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