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The Holy Spirit The Comforter

By Roy Hession (1908 – 1992)

    The Holy Spirit’s comfort does not only deal with the answer of Christ for our sin, but with His whole resources for our every other conceivable need.  “…He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you” (John 16:14).  If the government of our affairs is on our own shoulders, our one concern is that we shall have power adequate for our responsibilities.  But if the government is on His shoulders, then the only One who needs to have the power is He, and that the Spirit delights to show us He has.  He reveals Him to our hearts, not merely as the One who can overcome the devil, but who has done so already through His Cross. He shows Him to us seated “in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power” (Eph. 1:20-21), and supreme over every opposing force, and ourselves identified with Him there (Eph. 2:6).  This means that we are not merely on the winning side, but on the side that has already won; we do not fight for victory but from it.

    Till we have some such revelation of the Lord Jesus in our problems, we are tense, worried and striving, and things are on top of us.  But when, in our hour of need, the Spirit shows us Jesus and the resources that are His, we are free, we see ourselves in Him as “the head, and not the tail” (Deut. 28:13), and defeat is banished in the basic realm from which it needs to be banished, the realm of our spirit.  Being victorious in spirit we become victorious in the other spheres too; for faith is the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4).  And as we go forward with a new boldness and confidence, we find God working for us in our situation.

    The story is told of how Spurgeon was once burdened and worried about his problems and responsibilities.  Suddenly as he was riding in his carriage, he kicked his legs in the air and laughed aloud.  He says that what brought joy and release to his heart was seeing himself like a fish worrying as to whether there was water enough for it to swim in when all the time it was swimming in the Atlantic Ocean, and such he saw the grace of his Lord to be for all his need.  There in that carriage the mighty Advocate of the Lord Jesus exercised His ministry as Comforter on behalf of a needy servant of God.

    This brings us to the whole question of the power of the Holy Spirit for service, for which some of us so ardently long.  Here I can only give my own experience.  I find that the Holy Spirit endues with power from on high, not by fixing my eyes on that power so that I fervently pray for it, but rather on the Lord Jesus risen from the dead and showing me the power and position which are His.  As I see that, I lose my burdens, fears and striving.  I find myself made strong in faith again, and endued with the needed heavenly power for the service at hand.  Elisha received the double portion of the Spirit which rested on Elijah only when he saw his master ascend into heaven.  Then the mantle, symbol of that power, fluttered down to his feet.  Only as we allow the Holy Spirit to show us again the adequacy of the Lord Jesus and believingly receive His revelation, will we find ourselves robed with power from on high and going forth with boldness, to see God working with us.

    So often we are praying for supply, when what the Spirit wants to give us is sight – sight of Jesus, Jesus crowned and victorious.

    – Taken from Be Filled Now by Roy Hession. Copyright © 1967 Christian Literature Crusade.  This book is available at clcpublications.com.  Used by permission.