JOHN 14:16. He shall giveyou another comforter that he may abide with you forever - Graybeard Outdoors
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Default JOHN 14:16. He shall giveyou another comforter that he may abide with you forever

Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - February 12, 2017

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> Today's Reading
> Morning
> "For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundethby Christ."
> 2 Corinthians 1:5
> There is a blessed proportion. The Ruler of Providence bears a pair of scales--inthis side he puts his people's trials, and in that he puts their consolations.When the scale of trial is nearly empty, you will always find the scale ofconsolation in nearly the same condition; and when the scale of trials is full,you will find the scale of consolation just as heavy. When the black clouds gathermost, the light is the more brightly revealed to us. When the night lowers and thetempest is coming on, the Heavenly Captain is always closest to his crew. It is ablessed thing, that when we are most cast down, then it is that we are most liftedup by the consolations of the Spirit. One reason is, because trials make more roomfor consolation. Great hearts can only be made by great troubles. The spade oftrouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation.

God comes into our heart--he finds it full--he begins to break our comforts and tomake it empty; then there is more room for grace. The humbler a man lies, the morecomfort he will always have, because he will be more fitted to receive it. Anotherreason why we are often most happy in our troubles, is this--then we have theclosest dealings with God. When the barn is full, man can live without God: whenthe purse is bursting with gold, we try to do without so much prayer. But oncetake our gourds away, and we want our God; once cleanse the idols out of thehouse, then we are compelled to honour Jehovah. "Out of the depths have I criedunto thee, O Lord." There is no cry so good as that which comes from the bottom ofthe mountains; no prayer half so hearty as that which comes up from the depths ofthe soul, through deep trials and afflictions. Hence they bring us to God, and weare happier; for nearness to God is happiness. Come, troubled believer, fret notover your heavy troubles, for they are the heralds of weighty mercies.
> Evening
> "He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever."
> John 14:16
> The Great Father revealed himself to believers of old before the coming of hisSon, and was known to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as the God Almighty. Then Jesuscame, and the ever-blessed Son in his own proper person, was the delight of hispeople's eyes. At the time of the Redeemer's ascension, the Holy Spirit became thehead of the present dispensation, and his power was gloriously manifested in andafter Pentecost. He remains at this hour the present Immanuel--God with us,dwelling in and with his people, quickening, guiding, and ruling in their midst.Is his presence recognized as it ought to be?

We cannot control his working; he ismost sovereign in all his operations, but are we sufficiently anxious to obtainhis help, or sufficiently watchful lest we provoke him to withdraw his aid?Without him we can do nothing, but by his almighty energy the most extraordinaryresults can be produced: everything depends upon his manifesting or concealing hispower. Do we always look up to him both for our inner life and our outward servicewith the respectful dependence which is fitting? Do we not too often run beforehis call and act independently of his aid? Let us humble ourselves this eveningfor past neglects, and now entreat the heavenly dew to rest upon us, the sacredoil to anoint us, the celestial flame to burn within us. The Holy Ghost is notemporary gift, he abides with the saints. We have but to seek him aright, and hewill be found of us. He is jealous, but he is pitiful; if he leaves in anger, hereturns in mercy. Condescending and tender, he does not weary of us, but awaits tobe gracious still.
> Sin has been hammering my heart
> Unto a hardness, void of love,
> Let supplying grace to cross his art
> Drop from above.
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