“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 tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ. Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation” (2Cor 1:3-7)
Tomorrow shall be eight weeks since I fell down the stairs and broke my ankle. I had to stay indoors waiting for my healing. In the flesh it was not easy. But in the Spirit, I enjoyed the sweet presence of God in His fullness. I know for sure that this was not an ‘ordinary’ accident. I fell forward on my two hands. Normally, my wrists should have been broken not my ankle. It makes no sense in the natural! I thank God that it is me who fell and not my husband. The devil hates both him and me, so this could have happened to any of us. Thank God it was me! My husband needs his body more than I need mine. He has more visibility in ministry than me. Thank God he is well and strong at such a time as this! The ministry must continue! The worship must continue! Praise the Lord!
The truth is that I was not surprised that the devil attacked me. Since January, in the prophetic class, we have declared a season of warfare. We have made progress! I rejected all his wicked offers of compromise. The battle line has been drawn. I hate him and he hates me. I and the devil can never ‘settle’! But one thing that surprised me was the amount of peace and comfort supplied during this testing of faith. Immediately I fell, I felt a sharp pain in my leg. But in the same time I witnessed ‘a blanket’ of peace covering me. It was strange but so sweet…
There are many reasons why God allows us to pass thru trials in this life. I am not talking about the trials coming to rebellious people. I am talking about suffering for Christ sake. If you identify with Christ, the devil will attack you. He will use people to persecute you and to mock you. He will attack you with fear, confusion, weakness and discouragement. If you are a born again Christian, you know what I mean.
In the passage above we read about the ministry of the Holy Spirit in times of affliction for the sake of Christ. The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. He is the representative of Christ on earth. In Greek it is the word ‘parakletos’. It means somebody that comes close to you, to help you when you are in great need and you call his name. To comfort it means to strengthen you in times of sorrow; to make the pain bearable. The Holy Spirit comes when you call the name of Jesus. He will strengthen you to bear the affliction. If you are filled with the Holy Spirit you can never backslide no matter the trial you are passing thru! He will help you to endure without breaking. He helps you to move on to victory even when things are terrible. Each pain becomes promotion; each sorrow become success; each grief becomes gain! No man and no book can comfort you like the Holy Spirit!
The purpose of this supernatural comfort is also to be used for ministry. The comfort given to you now is meant to be invested in the lives of other people who pass thru similar trials. This comfort becomes a holy plantation that will produce a great eternal harvest to the glory of God. Do not despise suffering for it is a Bible school to increase your deposit of love, strength, compassion, wisdom and anointing. Grumbling is like a virus that destroys the seeds of life. I recognize the work of the Holy Spirit in my life! These eight weeks of trial have proven to me once more that I am serving the God of the Bible. He has promised to supply comfort in ‘ALL our afflictions’! God has supplied much comfort to me! He is faithful! It is my privilege to serve Him forever! Children of God, you who suffer now, from the encouragement I have received, I share with you! The pain is great but the comfort is greater! Give God all the praise! For He has not abandoned us in our sorrows! Blessed be the name of the Lord!