The Spirit of Encouragment

John 14:26 The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I said to you.

David Jeremiah writes:

The Holy Spirit’s other name is Comforter. That is my favorite name for the Holy Spirit. The word “comforter” is a Greek word, paraclete, and it is the same word that is translated “encourager.”

The Holy Spirit is my Encourager. He comes and puts His arm around me when I am discouraged, and He encourages me.

Yes, there are times when this pastor loses his perspective a little and becomes discouraged. I may have actually slipped into depression once or twice (not recently, thank the Lord). It’s the same with anyone in leadership; sometimes you feel as though there is hardly anywhere to run. You just have to get alone with your Bible, get down on your knees in prayer … and then the Spirit of God comes to bring encouragement to your heart. I’ve had that experience time and again. It is almost (almost!) worth experiencing the dark and heavy times, because the encouragement of God’s Spirit is so sweet. I praise God that the Holy Spirit is my Comforter and Encourager and Helper.

Jeremiah, David. Sanctuary: Finding Moments of Refuge in the Presence of God. Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers, 2002.

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