Comfy Cozy Comforter

IMG_7688Do you have a set of clothing that is your comfy cozy clothes? For me, it’s a pair of over-sized pajama pants and an old sweatshirt. Mmmm, just typing that makes me want to go and put them on, especially with the rain falling outside and the temperatures lingering in the 50s!

 

What makes these clothes so comfortable?

  1. Material—the material is soft
  2. Familiar—they are old and well-worn!
  3. Sentimental—the Rickets Glen sweatshirt was purchased years ago while on a family vacation.
  4. Loose—lots of room.
  5. Warmth—this is not an outfit for July, but on a cold, rainy March day, it’s perfect!

So how do these relate to the Holy Spirit—our Comforter?

Material—He is a Spirit and He speaks in a soft, gentle voice! He calls to our hearts, never demanding, but instructing and comforting–wooing us to come closer! And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. (1 Kings 19:12) In this wonderful, biblical account of Elijah hiding from Jezebel, God displays His majesty with earthquakes and fire and wind so strong that it shook and broke the mountain! But God spoke in a quiet voice, asking Elijah what he was doing there. and then patiently listening to Elijah’s rather whiny complaint.

Familiar—Is the Holy Spirit familiar to you?  Is He and “old” friend with which you long to spend time with? This is not a study of the Holy Spirit, but below is a list from the Thompson Chain Reference Bible which may help you to become more familiar with the Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, 6s, 7s, and 8’s of (office and work of)

Each verse given below contains either the number 6, 7 or 8, Hence called “The 6’s, 7’s and 8’s of the Holy Spirit”

  1. The Abiding Guest (John 14:16)
  2. The Teacher and Remembrancer (John 14:26)
  3. The Testifier (John 15:26)
  4. The Reprover (John 16:7,8)
  5. The Guide, the Voice of God, the Prophet (John 16:13)
  6. The Glorifier of Jesus (John 16:14)
  7. The Exhibitor of Jesus (John 16:15)
  8. The Spiritual Dynamo (Acts 1:8)
  9. The Witness to Sonship (Romans 8:16)
  10. The Helper in Prayer (Romans 8:26)
  11. The Solicitor (Revelation 22:17)

Sentimental—sentimentality comes from time spent with special people. Are you aware of the Holy Spirit and His workings in your life? Have you purposely spent time alone with the Holy Spirit, listening to His teachings while studying His Word?

Loose-amazingly, the Holy Spirit is a one-size-fits-all! I can’t explain or even agree with some teachings about the Holy Spirit, but that doesn’t matter! Biblical truths matter, and the Holy Spirit is able to fill every believer at salvation. He leaves plenty of room for each of us to fit perfectly into HIS mold.

Warmth—there is much confusion about the Holy Spirit in our day, and only more confusion will come as the Lord’s return draws closer. The pendulum of emotions swings back and forth covering the extremes concerning our walk with the Lord. While some worship God in a frenzy, others quietly seek His face. The warmth provided by flannel pajama pants and a sweatshirt is comforting. So too, the blessed quietness of the Holy Spirit warms our souls!

Perhaps I’m stretching these similarities to make a point, but I hope that it will help quantify the precious comfort that can only come from our Comforter!

The Wrong Bottle

brand_cleanersWith fourteen inches of snow outside, I decided this was the week to paint the inside of our home. After six days of painting, I AM DONE! So, I thought I’d quickly wash the inside of the large front window in our living room. Sure, the outside would have to wait, but it would look better. I only had ten minutes before my first piano lesson of the day arrived, but that would be enough time. And it would have been if I had grabbed the right bottle.

I sprayed and wiped, and sprayed and wiped, but the window kept smearing. It wasn’t until I wasted half of my time that I realized that I was using the Clorox Spray and not Windex! Clorox Spray is a wonderful cleaner, my favorite cleaner, but it doesn’t work on windows!

I suppose the first lesson I need to learn would be a challenge for my entire life—SLOW DOWN! One of my husband’s favorite statements is that God gives everyone the same twenty-four hours, and He always gives us enough time to do HIS plan! Admittedly, I am a “stop-and-smell-the-roses” type of person. I rush through my work so I can smell the roses; but lately, I find that too much rush means too much missed life. Life is work, so don’t be afraid to stop and enjoy it!

Lesson number two: Use the right cleaner. More and more often, I find myself wondering if people I know have been truly cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. Our experiences mold and shape us, and, for me that meant years of believing in God, going faithfully to church, even loving God and understanding that He sent His Son to die on the cross to take away sin. But it wasn’t until someone gave me a Gospel tract that I realized I needed to ASK Him to be my Savior. It may sound like a moot point, but it that one of Satan’s lies? John 1:12,13 is in the Bible for a reason:

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  Which were born, not of blood (I’m a Christian because my parents are Christians), nor of the will of the flesh (I think I’ll get saved today), nor of the will of man (I want you to be saved today), but of God. (Only His Holy Spirit calls us to salvation)

What can wash away my sin?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Oh, precious it the flow

That makes me white as snow.

No other fount I know—

Nothing but the Blood of Jesus.

I use an old song visual that unfolds into a cross for this song. It’s been taped together a hundred times, but its message needs to be told! What wonderful Good News.

Are you washed by the Blood of the Lamb?