All comfort: 2 Corinthians 1.3-4 VOTD

“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

2 Corinthians 1.3-4

After all their problems, the Corinthians needed to hear about God’s mercies and comfort and to know that they were in a unique position to help others.

The person of faith always looks outside self, even in the midst of troubles, to help others, for this is the nature of God as love.

#VOTD #comfort #God

July 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (I Shall Not Want…)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • I Shall Not Want…for Providential Provisions (Ryan Smithey)
  • The Lord is My Shepherd (Sam Willcut)
  • I Shall Not Want…for Peaceful Guidance (Drew Kizer)
  • I Shall Not Want…for Confident Courage and Companionship (Jason Rollo)
  • I Shall Not Want…for Comforting Deliverance (Israel Rodriquez)
  • I Shall Not Want…for Joyful Favor (Joshua Rodriquez)
  • I Shall Not Want…for Hope and Security (John Hall)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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#assurance-of-salvation, #christian-worker, #comfort, #divine-fellowship, #facing-death, #favor-of-god, #god-as-protector, #guidance, #providence-of-god, #psalm-23, #spiritual-victory, #trust-in-the-lord

(#171) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:27-Comfort Is Not Job One!

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ. Proverbs 24:27: “Prepare your outside work, Make it fit for yourself in the field; And afterward build your house.” Work must come before convenience and comfort. The Garden of Eden came with a job (Genesis 2:15), having food requires work (2 Thessalonians 3:10), and this proverb emphasizes the comforts of a house depends upon how good of a job one does “outside” to earn that house! Many people have turned this completely around, for they are getting bigger and bolder houses, beyond what their parents have achieved, before establishing themselves in a career-type work. The order here taught by Wisdom should be to learn to work and earn while living with their parents so they are ready to embark upon working experiences that will help them toward their goal(s). All Old Testament prophecies of the Israelites returning to their Promised Land were fulfilled in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah, however not without urging. In Ezra chapter 4, the re-building of the temple in Jerusalem stalled out, but God sent the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to preach plainly (Ezra 5:1). The people should not have been building their own houses and neglecting God’s House: “Thus speaks the LORD of hosts, saying: ‘This people says, “The time has not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.’ Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying, ‘Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins? Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”’” (Haggai 1:2-5) Jesus applied this very truth to spiritual matters when: “great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, ‘If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it — lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, “This man began to build and was not able to finish.” Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple’” (Luke 14:25-33). Jesus also said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Obey the Lord first (Acts 2:38), get a job second (Ephesians 4:28), then plan some comforts (Proverbs 24:27). All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #comfort, #family, #house, #obedience, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #work

Psalm 119:49-56 Zayin Finding Comfort In Affliction

It is fitting that the greatest tribute to the Word of God is IN the Word of God, itself, and is in the longest chapter of the Word of God! This Psalm has no author’s name, historical incident, or other distraction from its theme. It is divided into 22 sections (one for every letter in the Hebrew alphabet), each consisting of 8 lines, each line beginning with the alphabet letter of that section (aleph is the first letter of each line under the aleph section, for instance). The chapter uses some 8-10 different words to describe the Word of God, each bringing something extra to the total picture of the Word of Truth. In order to savor the depth and richness of teaching in this Psalm, we will examine each portion as if it were its own chapter.

 

Verses 49-50 show our hope is founded upon God’s fulfilled promises;

Verses 51-54 show how this helps us;

Verses 55-56 show how this makes God’s Law our own.

Verses 49-50: (Verse 49) The “hope” of a lover is that the one loved will remember the “word” (covenant, commitment) they have made. God does not forget (2 Peter 3:9), but “remember” lets us know that enough time may have passed from the promise to the fulfillment that we have become edgy. This is why the phrase is used, for God “remembered” his covenant with Noah (Genesis 8:1), Abraham (Genesis 19:29), Rachel (Genesis 30:22), and the Israelites (Exodus 2:24). (Verse 50) When “affliction” (troubles, distresses) attacks us, our “comfort” (ease of mind, confidence) comes from remembering God’s help in the past. “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4). God’s Word gives us “life” (vitalizes, refreshes our spirit), Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63).

Verses 51-54: (Verse 51) The believer is comfortable to remain in the life set forth in God’s “law” (guide, make straight), so the “great derision” of the “proud” cannot affect me. We may be taunted for our faith, but we will never be taunted out of our faith! “For consider Him [Jesus Christ] who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls” (Hebrews 12:3). (Verse 52) The record of God’s “judgments of old” (decisions, actions for the “good” and punishments against the “bad”) is the written Word of God, which when studied, brings comfort to the reader. God will not miraculously give comfort to us, but has Christians who may come for aid and assistance with the proper passages (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) that we may “comfort one another with these words” (1 Thessalonians 4:18). (Verse 53) The believer may be provoked by the “wicked, who forsake” God’s law, as Solomon observed: “Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, Wickedness was there; And in the place of righteousness, Iniquity was there. I said in my heart, ‘God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work’” (Ecclesiastes 3:16-17). (Verse 54) Reminding ourselves of God’s “statutes” (definite lines marking the difference between good and evil) become our “songs” while we are in our “house of my pilgrimage” (living on earth in our bodies, 2 Corinthians 5:1-4).

Verses 55-56: (Verse 55) God’s “name” gives comfort and confidence through “the night” (those dreary days, troublesome times, depressions, dreads) as long as we “keep” (observe, obey) God’s “law” and “precepts” (things to notice, directions for conduct). (Verse 56) The comfort of the word of God “has become mine” for it has guided one through “affliction” and maintained “hope.” These personal experiences are what “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#affliction, #bible, #bible-study, #book-of-psalms, #comfort, #daily-bible-reading, #god, #jesus-christ, #obedience, #reproach, #wicked

Questions About Divine Comfort

It may not be realized, but Jeremiah struggled on occasion with the Lord’s response to him individually (Jeremiah 15:18). Jeremiah was God’s servant during the last days of Judah’s existence as a nation. He was to speak the Lord’s word to a people who refused to hear; when he became wearied by it, he actually wondered if the Lord had left him. The Lord’s answer to Jeremiah was not at all the expected answer (Jeremiah 15:19). In other words, the Lord called upon Jeremiah to repent. “He must dismiss any misconceptions about God and accept the divine reality that had been revealed to him (Dayton Keesee, p. 358). Thus, let us not forget that the Lord is steady through all the turmoil one experiences in life; we must come to grips with our own emotions while experiencing the heartache and pains that we do.

#comfort, #jeremiah

The God of ALL Comfort

I wrote this a couple  of years  ago, and it  may have   appeared here before, but  I  felt that it was   appropriate to  feature it because of the tragedy yesterday in CT (Larry Miles)

2 Cor 1:3-5 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

This is one of the verses that help us to understand how God comforts us and how by going through trials in our lives we are later able to help other in their trials. Our Heavenly Father is the God of ALL comfort, not just some comfort. He is the “Father of mercies,” who pours out His love on us. One verse says that He lavishes His love on us. We sometimes wonder why God allows trials in our lives. We wonder why He allows our loved ones to not get better and eventually pass way. It is so that we can have that experience and so that we can comfort someone later. When we say to one who has lost a loved one or is going through trials, “I know how you feel,” we, sometimes do not know. But If we say it in love, the person understand. But if we have experienced the same, we can be a person of encouragement like Barnabas in the book of Acts who was known as the “son of Encouragement.” So, let’s thank our Heavenly Father that He loves us so much and is always a God of all comfort.

#comfort, #gods-care

If the message in this photo is correct…

If the message in this photo is correct, what’s the point in going on? Where is hope? Where is peace? Depression would be the only logical answer.

Thankfully, it is a lie straight from Satan’s blackened heart (John 8:44). We can help ourselves in minor ways, but we must depend on God when we do so.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). 

#comfort, #god, #great-physician, #hope, #joy, #peace, #satan