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When we take the step of faith and receive Jesus Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in us. The Spirit dwells in our heart/soul—the inner core of who we are, the executive center where all decisions are made. The Holy Spirit has full access to God and to us! The Holy Spirit is referred to as the “Comforter.” This can be translated also as counselor, advocate, friend and helper. The Holy Spirit strengthens and comforts believers.

Jn 14:16; Rom 8:14-17; Jn 1:12; Rom 8:26-29

“…and I will ask the Father and he shall give you another Comforter, and he will never leave you.” (Jn 14:16)

The Holy Spirit strengthens us by reminding us that we are God’s children. Satan loves to drag up our past failures and present shortcomings. He wants us to doubt our salvation and our Godly heritage. The Holy Spirit affirms within us that we have been adopted by God and are his children. The Holy Spirit also helps us when we are weak by praying on our behalf, when we are too distressed to know what words to pray. Sometimes all we can do is cry and groan in the midst of an agonizing situation. The Holy Spirit becomes our advocate. There are also times when what we pray for isn’t what is best for us. Ultimately, the Christian’s heart should always say, “not my will but thy will be done”. God knows what’s best for us, and will work all things together for the good of those who love God and accept his purpose for their lives.

Have you ever tried to comfort someone who was deeply distressed? What did you do? Was it effective? What are some bad attempts at comfort you’ve seen or experienced? What comforts you most when you are hurting? Does Satan cause you to doubt your relationship with Jesus Christ? How does the Holy Spirit comfort you?

Be a comfort to others when you can. Sometimes that means just being there. If you are going through a difficult season of life, seek God’s comfort. Pray for his Holy Spirit to console you with the peace and assurance of God’s love and presence.

Lord, thank you for your constant assurance that I am your child! Allow your love and comfort to fill me and may the presence of your Spirit give me abiding peace. May I be sensitive to the needs of others and reach out to those who are hurting and in need of comfort. In Jesus Name, Amen.