Gene Cunningham - February 24, 2010
Beauty for Ashes #6
The picture of a "Oak of righteousness" is spiritual maturity (Isa 61:2). The comfort of God always comes, but not as we expect. We are over-comers; we master though cannot control/change their circumstances (Joh 14:12-15). We won't pray effectively without the Spirit (1Jo 5:14-15, Rom 8:26). We need the Helper to pray effectively and to be obedient (Joh 14:15, Joh 6:63). He will come and be with us forever (Joh 14:16-17). A believer can set his "mind on the flesh", but not be "in the flesh" (Rom 8:8-11). The greatest promise: Christ will be evident to those who love him — to the degree we are obedient (Joh 14:19-21). It matters how we live. We make our home with Jesus and He makes His with us (Joh 14:22-23). Later Jesus refers to this as "abide" in chapter 15. We are not to compare ourselves (2Co 10:12-18). When the Comforter/ Helper comes we are witnesses (Joh 16:7-11). Every believer should be a disciple and disciple-maker (Joh 15:26-27). Sin, righteousness and judgement are the issues in the Gospel, because that's what the Spirit convicts unbelievers of (Joh 16:12-13). "unveiled" means the veil is gone forever — we have no excuse (2Co 3:16-18). We will be transformed from Christ's Glory to reflected glory as we behold in the mirror of the Word (which shows Jesus Christ).
- Holy Spirit cannot be separated from the scriptures (Joh 4:23-24, Joh 6:63, 2Ti 3:16, Eph 5:18, Col 3:16)
- Holy Spirit intimate relationship the Word (2Ti 3:16, 1Pe 1:10-12, Eph 3:5-7, Eph 3:20-21, Eph 1:18, Eph 3:16, Eph 3:16-19)
- Enables and empowers the believer (Rom 1:17, 1Jo 1:7, 1Co 12:4-7, Rom 8:26, Joh 15:1-8)
- Comfort of God is a united effort between the trinity (Rom 12:1-2, 1Pe 2:21-25, 1Th 1:5-6)
Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE]
Scripture References: John 15:1-8, John 16:12-13, Ephesians 3:20-21, John 6:63, Romans 8:26, John 15:26-27, Ephesians 3:5-7, John 14:15, John 1:7, John 16:7-11, Colossians 3:16, Romans 8:26, Romans 1:17, John 14:22-23, Ephesians 5:18, John 5:14-15, Ephesians 3:16-19, John 14:19-21, John 6:63, John 14:12-15, Ephesians 3:16, Romans 8:8-11, Romans 12:1-2, John 4:23-24, Isaiah 61:2, Ephesians 1:18, John 14:16-17
From Series: "Beauty For Ashes - Florida 2010"
Have you ever stood in great need of comfort and encouragement? If so you know that in time of affliction there is no thought or word that has deeper meaning nor any possession of greater value than that of effective and genuine comfort. The objective of this study is to equip us to have the assurance that there is comfort available and to know how to be comforted as well as how to be a comfort to others in the fires of affliction.