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ROLIM Devotionals

Comforters!
by: Pastor Shane Torres
date posted: 2/25/2009 7:12:13 AM

When we visit the afflicted, we don't need to explain to them why they are suffering. We do not need to tell them what to do, unless they specifically ask our advice. Instead, we should let them know: "I will walk with you through this. I will be a shoulder you can cry on. I will bring you before the Lord in prayer so that He may touch you."

When we intercede in this fashion, it is not we who are interceding but the Spirit of Jesus Himself who is interceding through us.

Don't EVER place religious condemnation on the sufferer. Don't say to him, "Strengthen your faith, pray, and God will restore you." This is not comfort, it's a Satanic accusation.

If your faith is so strong, then YOU should pray. The book of James specifically states that those who are sick should be healed through the prayers of OTHERS (James 5:14-16). Should a doctor say to a patient: "Make yourself well"? But when another person is afflicted, spiritually we are the doctors, and the afflicted is the patient. We are the ones who should exercise faith. Of course, the sufferer should confess any sins in his/her heart (James 5:16) But the Holy Spirit is the one who should convict of sin, it's not up to us to point out secret sins which we imagine they must be hiding. (qouted from Chris Thorn "Themestream)

"Öcomforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, by the comfort which God has ministered to us" (2 Cor. 1:4).

Prayer: Father, in Jesus' name please teach us to be an effective comforters. We recognize that You are training us, but the process is very painful, and we balk. Father, our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. Empower us with your Comforter, the Holy Spirit, that we may say "no" to the voice of our flesh, and to be a channel through which Jesus Christ may pour out His comfort.

In Chris Jesus, our Lord and Master!

Pastor Shane, Sis. Rose and Kayla

 

 


 





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