CLEAR AND PRESENT COMFORTBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt"And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him, but ye know Him, for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you."John 14:16-18--------Oh what a beautiful storehouse of provision the Father has provided His children.What a wondrous testament of love is fused to us through the redemptive, reconciling act of Christ on the cross. Our older and most pure "Brother" (Hebrews 2:10-11; Romans 8:29) suffered, sanctified, and justified you and me through a single, solitary, pure, and cleansing act in a horrifying death upon a cross.Think on it and give praise. Rejoice all ye "sinners turned Saints" in the Lord.Our Easter has come and we are redeemed!-The spilling of holy blood procures position and confers status of sonship on us without discrimination, bias, or prejudice, no man preventing.-The positioning of Christ to the right hand of the Father situates us with Him in the heavenlies, no man preventing.In the aftermath of Christ's resurrection we are given the holy radiance and afterglow of His very Spirit tucked into the folds of our mortal souls.And here He beats rhythmically, hourly, and decidedly.The incandescent illumination and presence of "God in us,"Immanuel with us,until eternity.--------The Spirit provides us with life-giving relationship and unlimited resource for this life.It is what makes life a true adventure. Everything we come up against in life, my friend, arrives on the "heels" of a supernaturally imposed strength and a fresh supply of the Spirit already at work and prepared in advance for us. As it pleased the Father to bear up His Son; so now it pleases Him to bear us up in our infirmities.He is ever present ...and we have only but to look to Him to be saved.Redemption is the theme of adventure."He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us."Romans 8:32-34-------THREE STUDY EMPOWERMENTS1) Read Romans 8 each day leading up to Easter and consider the absolute and unchanging status conferred "you" through Christ.Enlist and record the traits of "sonship" and enthusiastically and ardently speak aloud of them!"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."Romans 8:28Think on this, dear one, and utterly rejoice in this mind boggling reality.------2) Periods of aloneness and isolation connect us at a deeper level to the Father.What trials are fusing you to new depths with Christ?What "proofs of the Spirit" are you witnessing on your journey?"Likewise the Spirit also 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."Romans 8:26------3)
You are a younger sibling, a sister or brother, to Christ Himself. He is your "older brother" and the firstfruits of our faith.Realize and appropriate the relationship fixed to you and love Him the dearer in return.The holy "Brother" in adventure walks beside me and you.The Holy Spirit of adventure presides within me and you.God the Father forever provides for us a clear and present comfort on the journey.Join the adventure and take a fresh step ...Into Spirit filled comfort. -------
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