COMFORTMarch 7, 2023
This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has revived me.
1. GOD REVIVES YOU. His word produces hope, builds faith, stabilizes our confidence, and gives us security. The apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, refers to God as the “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). As a pastor in a local church, I’ve watched people, young and old, press into the Lord and be comforted by Him. They aren’t pathetic, brooding, or ignoring their grief process. They’re working through the reality of their loss, but they are doing so with reliance on and stabilization from God.
2. GOD HELPS YOU. God will stabilize us through agitation, and He works us through when we feel nervous or upset. Some things are too big for us, but that’s why Peter said to cast all your cares on God because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). It’s ok to cry and let it out. Then, let the God of mercy and the God of all comfort come into your scenario, lift your head, and wipe away your tears.
But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. Psalm 3:3
3. GOD LOVES YOU. God knows everything about us but still loves us. In the book of Jeremiah, God says that “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (31:3). You are God’s beloved – His banner over you is love (Song of Solomon 2:4,16). Take time to connect with God. Meditate on and understand His great love for you and watch it revive you and bring you comfort.
Pastor Jeff Perry
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, I know You care for me, so I cast all my cares on You right now. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. You are the one who lifts my head, and Your Word comforts and revives me. I ask for Your supernatural strength on my days. I ask for new beginnings. May I have an excellent season of achievement, accomplishment, advancement, and fruitfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen!
A condition of well-being, contentment, and security. Solace or consolation in time of sorrow or distress. Help; assistance.
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