The Holy Spirit, Our Comforter
John 14:16-20, 26
February 10, 2008
INTRODUCTION: I am sure you would agree; if there was ever a time when people were looking for comfort, it would be the day in which we live. Our nation is at war, our economy is in a mess, crime is at a level never seen before, and no one seems to know what to do. People are looking for answers. I was at the hospital the other day, as I walked into the main lobby, I noticed a sign that read, "Stress Management Class, room #110."
People are stressed and they are depressed. I can tell you this, what folks need, will not be found in a "stress management class," it can only be found in Christ. Look again at (vs. 17), "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him..."
If a man wants relief from worry and stress, he will only find it in Jesus. Look at (vs. 27), "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
This brings us to this question, "How does God comfort us through the Holy Spirit? In what ways can we feel peace from above?
I. HAVING THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HE LIVES WITHIN US
Notice again (vs. 17b), "For He dwelleth in you, and shall be in you." If you are looking for comfort today, you need look no further. Listen to the words found in Col. 1:27, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Jesus said in John 14:23, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
As we think about the significance of the Holy Spirit in a person's life, lets put down two points:
A. Asking the Question
1. Do I have the Holy Spirit living within me? Has there ever been a time when I asked Jesus to be my Savior? How can a man have peace and comfort if He does not possess the One who gives comfort? Paul said in 2 Cor. 13:5, "Examin ...
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