Approaching the Comforter
The main reason why many people fail is because they do not have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is the One who guides, directs, protects; this is, He is life. Being apart from Him has actually brought pain and suffering upon many.
On one occasion, as the prophet Jeremiah saw the desolation of Israel, he said:
“For these things I weep; my eye, my eye overflows with water; because the Comforter, who should restore my life, is far from me. My children are desolate because the enemy prevailed.” Lamentations 1.16
He is telling us why his people were in such misery: the Comforter had turned away. Therefore, the enemy prevailed and they had no strength to fight. But the question is: Why did He turn away from them? The bible shows us that disobedience, sin and the insistence of doing things their own way without commitment to God caused the Comforter to turn away. And, as a consequence, Israel’s downfall was to lose their identity as a nation, as well as having their people taken captive to Babylon, where they suffered for 70 years. In fact, they were the ones who turned away!
Today, we see the same thing happen. People, regardless if they are in the Church or not, are suffering and becoming tired of fighting for their family, marriage, financial success and even for their own life, because some are even considering committing suicide. Many think this exhaustion is due to the wear of time, stress… but deep, deep down, this lack of strength is the absence, the withdrawal of the Holy Spirit form them. Not that He has turned away, but they did, and when He is not present in a person’s life, they are consumed by their problems.
And, as if that weren’t enough, the enemy (the devil) prevails against them, because each battle is a guaranteed defeat, since they are fighting alone, without the guidance and protection of the Spirit.
January 17 is the last day of the Fast of Daniel, and it’s the greatest opportunity for those who are tired, run down, losing one battle after another, to change there situation. On this day, we will be seeking this closeness, so that those who are thirsty and desire with all their soul, have an experience with the Comforter.
Those who come to the Altar with a repentant heart, determined to change, will be filled with the Holy Spirit, and He will renew your strength, restore your life and drive away the enemy that has been prevailing.
Will you approach Him or turn away? It is up to each one of us to decide!