Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

God comforts you so you can comfort others.

Friday, May 1, 2009

You choose to lose your comfort by letting outside adversities into your soul.

Discipline for the purpose of godliness has eternal benefits.
“godliness” - eusebeia = living the spiritual life.

Discipline does not come without authority and the authority in the spiritual life is the mind of Christ, the written word of God.

The born again believer must make the decision to make the word of God the master of his volition.

1 Peter 2:25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.

The choice is yours. Will you give Him the proper precedence that He has given His life for, or will you reject Him as the Guardian of your soul so that you can do….

If you discipline your soul to live by the word of God under the filling of the HS in all situations then you will experience comfort in those situations, whether they are prosperous or adverse.

The Church-age invisible hero is an embarrassment to Satan.

In the Church-age the individual believer has been given the greatest and most powerful spiritual assets that have ever been given.

John 14:20
In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

ROM 8:15
For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!"

Satan will relentlessly attack the individual believer who has PVTD because he has a very real potential to become and invisible hero.

Satan will relentlessly attack the Christian marriage where PVTD exists in both parties because they have a very real potential to become a corporate witness.

We already have tremendous power within, but the extra help comes from having a tremendous God who has given Himself the wonderful title: The Father of Mercies.

“The Father of mercies” = ho [the] pater [Father] ton [of the] oiktirmon.

Mercies is the genitive plural masculine of “oiktirmon”, which means sympathy, mercy, or compassion.

Mercy means to supply forgiveness and compassion for past mistakes or misfortunes.

“God of all comfort” is theos pases parakleseos.

“comfort” is the genitive feminine singular of the noun paraklesis, which means exhortation, encouragement, and comfort.

The Greek word for affliction comes from a root word that means to crush or to squeeze.

How does God the Father comfort us?

1. Comfort from God comes to the believer who has faith in His promises.
2.Comfort from God comes to the believer because of his right attitude towards divine discipline.
3.Comfort from God comes to the believer through his inculcation of the doctrines of the word of God.

Your right pastor - teacher has a vital role in the comfort and exhortation you receive from the scriptures.

1 Tim 4:13
Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching.

4.Comfort from God comes to the believer through the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit.

God the Holy Spirit has been given a title that is a noun from the same root verb as paraklesis and that is parakletos.

In the classical Greek a parakletos was someone called to the aid of another, particularly in the legal process; hence, an advisor, intercessor, or mediator in court.

A parakletos was a professional legal advisor, sometimes a defense attorney.

The word connotes ability, aid, and assistance rather than assuagement of pain or distress, as the translation “comforter” suggests.

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