Summary: Many people in our world today are hurting, and in an effort to find solace, they turn to everything from substance abuse, to sexual immorality, to the acquisition of wealth, all the while neglecting the greatest resource in the universe; God's Holy Spiri
A King-Sized Comforter
Pastor Wilson Spencer
Liberty Baptist Church, McEwen, TN
January 8th, 2012
John 14:15-18 “15. If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
INTRODUCTION: (Personal testimony of harsh conditions during boot camp in Ft Leonard Wood Missouri, in which the government issued wool blanket used during bivouac was not sufficient to bring “comfort” while trying to sleep in a little pup tent with temperatures in the teens and snow and ice falling. Something much bigger was needed.)
. The Cold Comfort of Substance Abuse
Drugs to “Free the Mind”
Ephesians 5:18 “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;”
The Comfort of Substance Abuse just won’t do!
. The Cold Comfort of Sexual Immorality
Looking for Intimacy
Looking for Acceptance
Desiring to be Loved
Samaritan Woman of John 4
The Comfort of Sexual Immorality just won’t do!
. The Cold Comfort of Worldly Gain
Money can buy Anything, (almost)
Everyone has a Price
Looking for Control
Rich Man of Luke 12
The Comfort of Riches and Worldly Gain just won’t do!
. The Warm Comfort of Jesus Christ
Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you!
Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world! 1 John 4:4
With Jesus, we are enabled to comfort others with His comfort!
Conclusion: The world offers much in the way of “comfort” for the hurting soul. Satan has his devices and loves to entice those who are in a weakened state because of grief, or suffering with the promise of a quick and easy escape from the pain, but it’s all just shabby, moth-eaten, filthy rags. Jesus is the only King-Sized Comforter. He is the only one able to bring about true consolation, true peace, and true comfort. (Invitation)