Training for the Cross - Bible Study

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Comforting Words or Words from the Comforter?

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort (2 Cor 1:3).
2010 Ray Hunt Memorial Clinic

Are you receiving your daily bread from Comforting Words or from Words from the Comforter?

Comforting Words can come from a lot of different sources, such as friends, family, your preacher/pastor/priest, studying the Bible, books, TV, magazines, a billboard, bumper stickers, even a stranger on the street. Words from the Comforter can only come from the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. These can come directly from the Comforter through an audible voice, a thought put in your head, a vision, a dream, a scripture revealed, or the Comforter can speak to you through someone or something like any of the sources mentioned above.

The means through which the words are delivered doesn't determine if they are Comforting Words or Words from the Comforter. The way you tell is by the fruit the words produce in your life. Often you won't know if they are Comforting Words, or Words from the Comforter, until the seeds have been given a chance to bear fruit.

How to judge the fruit:

Comforting words have the potential to bring life for a time, but if they are not continually spoken, they will become empty.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience (Eph 5:6).

Words from the Comforter always bring life, transforming the recipient into a different state where life is a constant reality and where death can not go.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John 6:63).

Comforting words slightly push us forward out of the state we are in, but must continually be spoken to keep us from sliding backwards.

For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because there was no shepherd (Zec 10:2).

Words from the Comforter involve a transformation process where we are changed into something different and do not return to our old state.

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

Warning of Satan's Schemes:

Once a person hears the Words of the Comforter and is transformed into a different state (freedom), Satan does everything in his power to deceive that person into being drawn out of this state of life and liberty, and into the state of death and bondage where Comforting Words must be spoken daily to keep the person alive.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph 6:11).

What are you being fed?

Are you living on Comforting Words that are going into your head and keeping you alive? Or are you living on Words from the Comforter that are going into your heart and transforming you into a different image, the image of Jesus Christ?

Do you act more like Christ today than yesterday? This week from last week? This year from previous years?

Words from the Comforter involve transformation into continual peace and liberty. Comforting Words involve a process that moves from motivation, to depletion, depression, rededication, and back to life, motivated by comforting words that will run dry again repeating the process. Comforting Words are like taking an Advil when you get a headache. Words from the Comforter are like realizing the reason you have a headache is because it's 5:00 p.m. and you haven't eaten since breakfast. Comforting Words will treat the symptoms; Words from the Comforter are the cure for your life.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you (Jas 4:7).

Good luck and God Bless,
Wade Black

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