As we continue to look at the situations we find the blessing of the Lord, we must not overlook the way we experience His blessing in our spirit. Being blessed is part of our spiritual growth as we experience God’s favour in various situations of life. Matthew 5:4 says: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”. My first reaction to the word mourn is to say it is dealing with the death of someone. However, while part of that is true, the correct meaning is dealing with loss in our lives, which can be a multitude of things – not only the loss of a person. It is interesting to observe that God’s plan for us during a season pf loss is for us to experience God’s favour in that season. However, we need to be aware that the natural part of us is to complain – sometimes it is easy to take what seems the easy way out and blame God. This is why it is so important to talk to the Lord about what we are experiencing and lean into Him and not be governed by our understanding. Proverbs 3:5 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”. Jesus made it clear to His disciples that when we experience loss it is an opportunity for our spirits to be strengthened. He said that in this situation we would be comforted. This word comforted has such an encouraging meaning – it means “To be at one’s side” – you are not alone. When you understand that you are not alone then you experience a strength that only God gives. Another great truth to experience is that the Holy Spirit is called the Comforter. One of the Greek words used to describe the Holy Spirit is “Paraklesis” which means “The one who stands alongside”. I have experienced the Holy Spirit as the one who stands alongside me and He has been my strength and encouragement for many years. This is why I enjoy being filled with the Holy Spirit and I enjoy His presence as I am empowered by Him. Over the years I have experienced great loss many times and being filled with the Holy Spirit has kept my relationship with the Lord precious. It is important that we do not devalue the word comfort and what it means. The world in which we are now living is full of strife and uncertainty and the way news is presented only creates fear. In the season we are now living many people has lost something due to COVID-19. This is the time for the truth of this verse to become a reality for us. God in His wisdom has a way for us to experience His favour and comfort at this time. I desire that the truth of the verse saturate our thinking so that we can experience His presence in a new measure despite the situation we find our selves in. I am so glad that Jesus took His disciples away from the crowd and taught them how to experience God’s favour in the many situations of life. May you experience the comfort of the Holy Spirit in this new season of your life.

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