Do yourself a favour; FORGIVE!

Mathew 6:14 – 15 -” For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you forgive not men their tresspasses, neither will your Father forgive your tresspasses.”

Do you think God knew how cruel, insensitive and wicked people can be, when he gave the instructions above? Ofcourse he did! I know you may have been deeply hurt and probably have justifiable reasons to hold a grudge, but here is why you should forgive without delay:

Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting someone else to die. Have you noticed how your body system reacts when you see or think of someone who has hurt you? It makes you bitter, steals your joy and health and keeps the person constantly on your mind. Unforgiveness is poisonous and it is a demonic tool designed to stop you from receiving a breakthrough. The most dangerous thing about unforgiveness is that it hinders your prayers. God will not accept prayers or offerings where there is unforgiveness.

Futhermore, YOU ARE THE ONE IT HURTS; NOT THE PERSON THAT HAS HURT YOU. When you reach out to someone in forgiveness, it doesn’t mean you approve of what he or she has done. It doesn’t mean that you want them to do it again. Reaching out in forgiveness means that you value the love God has for that person and you want to be a channel through which that love will flow to them. Many have been afflicted with illnesses such as cancer,high blood pressure, depression,mental disorders due to unforgiveness. Sometimes, all it takes to receive healing, is to let go of all the hurt and bitterness.

Another reason you should forgive immediately is, when you continue being bitter and plan for revenge, you put yourself in God’s position. He says in Romans 12:19 ‘” Vengeance is mine”, vengeance is not yours! Unforgiveness is actually an emotional take-over of authority from God. It is ascending to God’s throne to make yourself a judge. Can you contend with God, and go scot- free? You are not the one who should dictate consequences for those who offended you! It is not your job to make sure they feel the appropriate amount of guilt for what they have done! God will do it for you.

Unforgiveness also hinders you from moving forward and receiving new opportunities in life. “When you hold resentment toward another, you are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and go free.”-Katherine Ponder.

The devil is on a mission to stop you from getting God’s best for your life. He will often use people you care about, to get to you. However if you make up your mind to forgive easily, you become unstoppable. When people hurt you, its like they are throwing a big chain on your path to tie you down. Refusing to forgive them is like taking the other end of the chain and tying yourself to them. You cannot move ahead, you stay tied down.

Forgiveness is the virtue of the brave. It is for people who are destined for greatness; those who have decided that no matter what anyone says or does, they will not become negative or bitter. Mother Theresa said “People are often unreasonable and self- centered , forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives, be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you, be honest anyway. If you find happiness people may be jealous, be happy anyway. The good you do today, may be forgotten tommorow; do good anyway. Give the world your best and it may never be enough; give your best anyway. For you see, in the end it is between YOU and GOD. It was never between YOU and THEM.” The bible encourages us to do everything as unto the Lord. (Col 3:23)

I encourage you today, please forgive for your own sake. It is not always easy to do this, so you must ask the Holy Spirit to help you. Pour out your heart to the Lord and tell him exactly how you feel. He will bring you comfort and release the grace to forgive. In the same vein you must also forgive yourself. Many have no problems forgiving others but they constantly beat themselves up over past mistakes or failures. Forgiving yourself is just as important as forgiving others, for no one can give, what they do not have.

Please share your experiences with us in the comment section below and do let us know what you have decided to let go.

God bless you richly.

5 ways to overcome ANY life challenge. (Including impact of COVID 19).

Life is comprised of series of challenges and difficulties. You are either experiencing one right now; have just come out of one, or will soon be experiencing one. What makes the difference however, is how we respond. We can either choose to respond with faith or with fear. We can either overcome the difficulty, or be overcome by it. Either way, the choice is ours. I will be sharing 5 proven principles, that guaratee victory in every situation. While it is important to pay attention to professional advice regarding contemporary and health issues, more important is what happens within us. It is crucial to develop within ourselves, those attitudes, behaviours and belief systems that enable us face lifes challenges with a “winning mentality”. Some people lose their battles even before it begins. For instance, many people will die from the fear of COVID 19, rather than the virus itself. Here they are:

Engage in spiritual exercise: While building your physical and mental muscles may have some benefits in difficult times, it is much more important to build your spiritual muscles. Spiritual activities such as praying in the spirit, bible study, fasting, obedience to the word are key in gaining victory over adverse circumstances. You must realise that you are a spirit and live in a body. If your spirit man is weak, your life is susceptible to attacks, but if your spirit man is strong you are capable of witstanding anything that comes against you.

Guard your heart: Faith comes by hearing but so does fear. Consciously choose what information you let into your heart. Dwelling on CNN (Um, I actualy mean, Constant Negative News, not the cable news network) for too long, only sets you up for destruction. Prov 4:23- ” Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.

Eliminate negative thoughts: Thoughts are things. Negative thoughts have a tremendous impact on our lives. We clothe everything around us with our most dominant thoughts. Rather than dwell on thoughts of despair, failure, death and pain, we can replace them with positive and uplifting thoughts. This does not mean living in denial of the situation but rather choosing to shift our perspective and seeing it as a life lesson. Prov 23:7: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.

Make positive confessions: Our words can either build us up or tear us down. In challenging times, locate bible scriptures that address your situation and declare them aloud in faith. In Genesis we are told of how God created the world with his words. As his children, made in his image, we also have the power to create what we want or don’t want with our words.

Choose to be Joyful, no matter what!: One of the most difficult things to do in difficult times is to stay joyful but that is exactly what you must do, if you desire God’s intervention. Understand that joy is actually a spiritual weapon that attracts supernatural attention and makes the devil mad. Just when he thinks he has you cornered ,you discomfit him with your singing dancing and excitement. Staying joyful in the midst of difficulties is the hallmark of overcomers and the panacea to depression, anxiety and stress.

Put these 5 principles to work and you will testify.

I would really like to know which of these principles resonated with you so please drop your comments below. Stay blessed!

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMFORTER – THE HOLY GHOST.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMFORTER (HOLY GHOST).

John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”.(KJV)

Most people know little or nothing about the incredible person of the Holy Spirit of God; yet the bible teaches that his role in the life of believers is invaluable.

Here are ten things the bible tells us about him:

1. He is the third person of the Trinity.

Mathew 28:19 – ” Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

Contrary to popular belief, the Holy spirit is not a dove, wind, light or fire. He is a personality. He speaks, moves, relates and can also be grieved.( Ephesians 4:30, 1 Tim 4:1). He was there at the begining of creation (Gen1:2) and throughout scriptures, his power and influence have shaped what we know as Christianity today. When a person surrenders his life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in him. He is the member of the trinity presently here on earth with us.

2. He is a Helper.

John16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a succesful christian life without the help of the Holy spirit. Jesus knew how crucial his presence was to believers, hence he said it was necessary that he left to make way for the Holy Spirit. All the great works Jesus did were by the power of the Holy spirit.

The first and most important role of the Holy Spirit is to prepare us for that crucial moment when we stand before God on judgement day. It is only through the Holy spirit that the works of the flesh are mortified (Rom 8:13). It is difficult to resist our fleshly lusts and passions with merely our will and power; thus the bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so as not to fulfill the desires of the flesh. The world is filled with evil and the devil is constantly trying to pull us off track, only by the help of the Holy spirit can we be guaranteed victory.

3. He is a Teacher.

John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”(KJV)

Many struggle to study or understand the bible. For some, it is mere fiction or a history book. The truth is, the bible is a spiritual book and can only be understood indepth, when the Holy spirit opens your understanding. Luke 24:25 states ” Then opened he their understanding that they might understand the scrptures”. This verse clearly reveals that except a persons understanding is opened, he will be unable to get any revelation from the bible. He will merely read the stories but it will have no impact in his life ( Math13:11).

Beyond the scriptures, the Holy Spirit also teaches us what to do in confusing situations. We are faced with difficult choices daily. Sometimes what seems right may be destructive in the end. We can therefore rely on the Holy spirit to teach us what to do. Futhermore he also teaches us what to say. The Devil wants you to make decisions or say things that may destroy you. Our words are very important, and many have been ensnared by their utterances. The Holy spirit is always available to teach us what to say. ( Mark 13:11).

4. He Intercedes for us.

Romans 8:26 ” Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”(KJV).

A lot of people struggle to pray consistently and when they do, may not pray according to the will of God. Prayer is crucial in maintaining fellowship with God and victory over the enemy. The Holy Spirit therefore intercedes for us and strengthens us to pray according to the will of God. You can ask the Holy spirit to help you build a vibrant and consistent prayer life today.

5. He is a Seal upon all believers.

Ephesians 1:13 – ” In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also afte ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy spirit of promise”(KJV).

The bible declares that if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Rom8:9). The Holy spirit is received when you confess Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour. He dwells in you as a guarantee or mark that you belong to christ.

In the corporate world, seals are placed on items to show they are official and have the authority of top management. In the same way God seals us with his Spirit to indicate that we belong to him and have his approval.

6. He is a Comforter.

John 14:16 -” And I will pray the father,and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.(KJV)

We live in an imperfect world thus we will inevitably experience pain, suffering and difficult situations. The goodnews however is that Jesus promised not to leave us comfortless. The Holy spirit sees your heart and can bring comfort like no one else can. He listens, understands and deeply cares about our pain and suffering. I have personally experienced his amazing touch after I lost my dear mother. ( See my previous post for full story).

If you open your heart to him he can heal you and turn that ugly situation to a testimony.

7. He reveals the future.

John 16:12-13 -“I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear it now. Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future (NLT).

As intelligent as humans are, our knowledge is extremely limited. Many are uncertain and apprehensive of the future. The Holy Spirit however knows the end from the begining. By the Holy spirit, prophets of old revealed the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of christ decades before he was born. The bible also foretells the future of mankind and earth.

We can ask the Holyspirit to reveal secrets to us, especially regarding mysterious occurences in our lives.

8. He empowers believers for signs and wonders.

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”(KJV).

120 men who were mostly uneducated, caught a vision and ran with it; such that it swept through the entire earth, changing lives. These were the disciples of Jesus that met with the Holy ghost at the upper room in Jerusalem. Anything the Holy ghost comes in contact with does not remain normal. It functions at a speed and power that is beyond human. Believers who have encountered him, now have supernatural powers for miracles, signs and wonders.

9. He is our business partner.

Exodus 31:2- ” See I have called Bezaleel son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah; and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver and in brass.

Many assume that the Holy spirit is only needed for spiritual activities. However the scripture above reveals that the Holy ghost can annoint you to do your regular job excellently. Your work, designs or business can have a special touch, with his help. Important business decisions such as mergers, acquisition, partnerships etc can be highly profitable if done under the guidance of the Holy spirit.

10. He brings the dead to life.

Romans 8:11 – ” But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you; he that raised up christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.(KJV)

If the Holy Spirit could raise Jesus back to life after three days, most certainly he can give life to any dead thing in your life. Be it a dead marriage, career, health, business, prayer life etc. Some people with multifunctional smart phones only use it to make and receive calls, whereas there are tonnes of things that can be done with their devices, without struggle. Most believers behave this way with the Holy spirit.

It is amazing that we have such a powerful person with us always and yet we ignore him. I hope this article helps you to appreciate the Holy Spirit and deepen your understanding of his unique role in your life.

In my next article I will be sharing some tips on how to walk with the Spirit, as taught by Rev. Oyiks Alfred, a great woman of God, whose teaching has been a blessing to me.

Did you recieve the Holy Spirit when you believed?

Acts 19:2,6 :  Did you recieve the Holy Spirit when you believed? he asked them. “No” they replied, we havent even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.

Then when Paul laid his hands on them the Holy Spirit came on them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (NLT)

The opening scripture gives an account of Apostle Paul’s encounter with some believers at Ephesus. Note, these were believers in the lord Jesus, yet they knew nothing of the Holy Spirit. Sadly this is the situation of many believers today. Some have heard of him in passing but have never really studied the bible to find out his unique role in their lives. The bible reveals that there are two encounters a believer should have of the Holy Spirit, and they are:

1. The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit : This happens at salvation. When you repent and recieve Jesus Christ into your heart, the Holy spirit comes to dwell in your heart. His indwelling draws you closer to God and helps build your relationship with him. This is cultivated through prayer, study of the word and holy living. He also helps you mortify the deeds of the flesh and you begin to live a Christ – like life. ( Jn 7:38-39, Eph 1:3.)

2. The Outpouring / Baptism of the Holy Spirit: After you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit at salvation, there is also an experience called the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is an outpouring of the power of the Holy Spirit upon you that enables you to manifest supernational signs and wonders. In Acts 1:8 the disciples were instructed to wait for this outpouring of power. Our opening verse is another example. Those men could only believe in Jesus because of the conviction of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinth 12:3). He dwelth in them after they believed, though they did not know him. However when Paul laid hands on them in Acts 19: 6 they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, resulting in speaking of tongues and prophesying. One evidence that you have received the baptism of the Holy spirit is speaking in tongues.

How can I receive the indwelling and baptism of the Holy Spirit?

1. The first and most important step is that you repent of your sins and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord. Accept him into your heart and confess with your mouth that he is your Lord. To complete this step please take a moment to say the prayer below from your heart.

HEAVENLY FATHER,I ACKNOWLEDGE, THAT I AM A SINNER. I BELIEVE IN MY HEART THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD AND THAT HE DIED FOR MY SINS. I BELIEVE THAT YOU RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, FOR MY JUSTIFICATION. LORD JESUS, COME INTO MY HEART NOW. I RECEIVE YOU TODAY AS MY PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOUR .THANK YOU LORD ,I AM NOW BORN AGAIN. AMEN!

Congratulations!! If you have just said that prayer sincerely, you are now born again and have received the indwelling of the Holy spirit. Please join a bible believing church and get a bible to study and grow your faith. If you would like me to pray for you, please drop a line in the comment section below.

2. Prayerfuly ask the Holy Spirit to baptize you. When you do, you may find that you have the urge to utter some words. Just let loose and speak out whatever comes to you at the time. It may sound like you’re babbling at first but never mind, you are now praying in the spirit. It may not sound perfect in the begining but as you continue, it will get better.

3. If you are unable to do step 2 above, have a mature believer lay hands on you and pray for the Holy Ghost baptism.

Rev. Oyiks Alfred, a wonderful woman of God, whom I listen to often shared the following tips on having a rich fellowship with the Comforter.

1. You must be willing to obey his instructions. Some of them may not make sense to you but you must yield unconditionally. You will have no regrets in the end.

2. Learn to acknowledge his presence. Do not ignore him but regularly communicate with him throughout the day.

3. You must do things Gods way. Your life style, choices and actions must conform to the word of God.

4. Be a worshipper. Learn to worship and praise God in prayer,songs and dance. The atmosphere of praise and worship releases the power of the Holy Spirit.

5. Learn to ask for help. As powerful as the Holy spirit is, he never forces himself on you. If you need help in any area just prayerfully ask him to help you.

You can listen to more of Rev Oyiks Alfreds messages in http://www.mspdevotion.org.

I hope you found this helpful. I will also be sharing a very important topic in my next article.

Stay connected, God bless you.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMFORTER – THE HOLY GHOST.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE COMFORTER (HOLY GHOST).

John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”.(KJV)

Most people know little or nothing about the incredible person of the Holy Spirit of God; yet the bible teaches that his role in the life of believers is invaluable.

Here are ten things the bible tells us about him:

1. He is the third person of the Trinity.

Mathew 28:19 – ” Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.(KJV)

Contrary to popular belief, the Holy spirit is not a dove, wind, light or fire. He is a personality. He speaks, moves, relates and can also be grieved.( Ephesians 4:30, 1 Tim 4:1). He was there at the begining of creation (Gen1:2) and throughout scriptures, his power and influence have shaped what we know as Christianity today. When a person surrenders his life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in him. He is the member of the trinity presently here on earth with us.

2. He is a Helper.

John16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away, for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

It is IMPOSSIBLE to have a succesful christian life without the help of the Holy spirit. Jesus knew how crucial his presence was to believers, hence he said it was necessary that he left to make way for the Holy Spirit. All the great works Jesus did were by the power of the Holy spirit.

The first and most important role of the Holy Spirit is to prepare us for that crucial moment when we stand before God on judgement day. It is only through the Holy spirit that the works of the flesh are mortified (Rom 8:13). It is difficult to resist our fleshly lusts and passions with merely our will and power; thus the bible admonishes us to walk in the Spirit so as not to fulfill the desires of the flesh. The world is filled with evil and the devil is constantly trying to pull us off track, only by the help of the Holy spirit can we be guaranteed victory.

3. He is a Teacher.

John 14:26 – ” But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance,whatsoever I have said unto you”(KJV)

Many struggle to study or understand the bible. For some, it is mere fiction or a history book. The truth is, the bible is a spiritual book and can only be understood indepth, when the Holy spirit opens your understanding. Luke 24:25 states ” Then opened he their understanding that they might understand the scrptures”. This verse clearly reveals that except a persons understanding is opened, he will be unable to get any revelation from the bible. He will merely read the stories but it will have no impact in his life ( Math13:11).

Beyond the scriptures, the Holy Spirit also teaches us what to do in confusing situations. We are faced with difficult choices daily. Sometimes what seems right may be destructive in the end. We can therefore rely on the Holy spirit to teach us what to do. Futhermore he also teaches us what to say. The Devil wants you to make decisions or say things that may destroy you. Our words are very important, and many have been ensnared by their utterances. The Holy spirit is always available to teach us what to say. ( Mark 13:11).

4. He Intercedes for us.

Romans 8:26 ” Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”(KJV).

A lot of people struggle to pray consistently and when they do, may not pray according to the will of God. Prayer is crucial in maintaining fellowship with God and victory over the enemy. The Holy Spirit therefore intercedes for us and strengthens us to pray according to the will of God. You can ask the Holy spirit to help you build a vibrant and consistent prayer life today.

5. He is a Seal upon all believers.

Ephesians 1:13 – ” In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also afte ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy spirit of promise”(KJV).

The bible declares that if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Rom8:9). The Holy spirit is received when you confess Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour. He dwells in you as a guarantee or mark that you belong to christ.

In the corporate world, seals are placed on items to show they are official and have the authority of top management. In the same way God seals us with his Spirit to indicate that we belong to him and have his approval.

6. He is a Comforter.

John 14:16 -” And I will pray the father,and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.(KJV)

We live in an imperfect world thus we will inevitably experience pain, suffering and difficult situations. The goodnews however is that Jesus promised not to leave us comfortless. The Holy spirit sees your heart and can bring comfort like no one else can. He listens, understands and deeply cares about our pain and suffering. I have personally experienced his amazing touch after I lost my dear mother. ( See my previous post for full story).

If you open your heart to him he can heal you and turn that ugly situation to a testimony.

7. He reveals the future.

John 16:12-13 -“I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear it now. Howbeit when the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future (NLT).

As intelligent as humans are, our knowledge is extremely limited. Many are uncertain and apprehensive of the future. The Holy Spirit however knows the end from the begining. By the Holy spirit, prophets of old revealed the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of christ decades before he was born. The bible also foretells the future of mankind and earth.

We can ask the Holyspirit to reveal secrets to us, especially regarding mysterious occurences in our lives.

8. He empowers believers for signs and wonders.

Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the earth”(KJV).

120 men who were mostly uneducated, caught a vision and ran with it; such that it swept through the entire earth, changing lives. These were the disciples of Jesus that met with the Holy ghost at the upper room in Jerusalem. Anything the Holy ghost comes in contact with does not remain normal. It functions at a speed and power that is beyond human. Believers who have encountered him, now have supernatural powers for miracles, signs and wonders.

9. He is our business partner.

Exodus 31:2- ” See I have called Bezaleel son of Uri, the son of Hur of the tribe of Judah; and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom and in knowledge and in all manner of workmanship, to devise cunning works, to work in gold and in silver and in brass.

Many assume that the Holy spirit is only needed for spiritual activities. However the scripture above reveals that the Holy ghost can annoint you to do your regular job excellently. Your work, designs or business can have a special touch, with his help. Important business decisions such as mergers, acquisition, partnerships etc can be highly profitable if done under the guidance of the Holy spirit.

10. He brings the dead to life.

Romans 8:11 – ” But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you; he that raised up christ from the dead, shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.(KJV)

If the Holy Spirit could raise Jesus back to life after three days, most certainly he can give life to any dead thing in your life. Be it a dead marriage, career, health, business, prayer life etc. Some people with multifunctional smart phones only use it to make and receive calls, whereas there are tonnes of things that can be done with their devices, without struggle. Most believers behave this way with the Holy spirit.

It is amazing that we have such a powerful person with us always and yet we ignore him. I hope this article helps you to appreciate the Holy Spirit and deepen your understanding of his unique role in your life.

In my next article I will be sharing some tips on how to walk with the Spirit, as taught by Rev. Oyiks Alfred, a great woman of God, whose teaching has been a blessing to me.

A life changing Journey. (2)

The death of a loved one is usualy quite painful especially when it happens unexpectedly. My mother’s life ended abruptly so, I never got the chance to hear any last wishes or say goodbye.  We were right in the middle of an interesting conversation when the accident occured and this made the entire experience rather traumatic. (See part 1 for details). As I reflect on the journey that changed my life and family completely, it is amazing the inner strength and peace, the Comforter has given us.

Undoubtedly, I felt the deep grief, despair, confusion and hopelesssness that comes with loss but the Comforter ensured that I was not utterly overwhelmed and consumed by it. There are still days when I wake up sad and gloomy because I miss my mother so much but I have learnt, that I am never alone.

You are probably wondering who the “Comforter” is. He is – THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD.                                                          Being a christian, I have read about the Holy spirit from the bible and listened to some teachings about his role in the life of a believer. The book of John 14:16 declares: I will pray the father and he shall give you another COMFORTER, that he may abide with you forever.

I however deeply experienced his role as a comforter, after my mother’s demise. It was through this experience, that I understood the word of God in Isiah 43:2 which says: When thou passeth through the waters I will be with thee;and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

God never promised us a storm free life! We will go through waters, through floods, through fires but he promises to be with us through it all.

For some, their storm may be the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship, abuse, poverty etc. However if it is submitted to the Lord, he will turn it around for good.

My personal experience confirms that it is indeed possible to receive comfort from the Holy spirit and recover from the most traumatic and difficult events. In subsequent posts, I will be sharing some ways a person can prepare to receive comfort from the Holy Spirit. First, we must find out from the bible, who the Holy spirit is; for how can we receive comfort from a person we know nothing about?

Join me next week as we get to know more about the Comforter.