Dry and in need of a Comfort.

November 17, 2009

So yesterday for some reason I just began to fill funky.  There might have been a few factors.  I sent out a face book invite to church to all of my friends.  I felt led to.  And no one came, at least not anyone that already didn’t go to my church.  Now I know I shouldn’t get depressed by this, but I did.

Along with that, and bitterness, and whatever discouragement I was letting to come into my thoughts I got into a funk.

And I just didn’t know how to get out of it.

I’ve been reading a sweet book lately.

It’s called Forgotten God:Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of The Holy Spirit.  By Francis Chan.

It’s basically all about the Holy Spirit and His role in our life.  It’s a pretty good book and I suggest reading it for anyone, no matter how weirded out or not not weirded out by the Holy Spirit you are.  Hopefully you’re not in the first place.  But the book is good.

In the book Francis talks about how Jesus refers to the Holy Spirit as our comforter(John 14:16 KJV).

Yesterday I realized the Holy Spirit was what did that for me.

Pretty often I hear from a lot of different people that feel like they’re in a funk.  Or that their relationship with God is feeling dry. I feel this way every so often too.

I think the only way that dryness can go away is if we allow the Holy Spirit to comfort us.  There are gonna be times where we feel dry or in a funk.  Those are the times when we need to ask the Holy Spirit to come in and comfort us.

I don’t know if I prayed anything to the degree of Holy Spirit, come in, and comfort me. I do know that I prayed for the Holy Spirit to fill me, and that I talked to God about my funk.  At least I think I did.  I know I at least thought about my funk a lot.

By the evening of yesterday I started feeling better.  I started feeling hopeful again.  I didn’t feel like I was in a funk anymore.

And last night when I was reading Forgotten God I think that’s when I knew that the Holy Spirit had been that comfort for me.

God saw that I was feeling dry, and depressed and He filled me with the Holy Spirit in a way that comforted me.

I love this about God.

I think that the next time I feel in a funk, or depressed I am going to take time to stop and ask the Holy Spirit to comfort me.  I know that the Holy Spirit is the best comfort giver I could have.  And that’s what I want.

I don’t want to ignore the fact that God wants to comfort me.  I don’t want God to have to do it with out me asking Him to.  I want to ask God right away to comfort me.  That’s the kind of person I want to be.  A person that is rarely down and depressed because I always have the Spirt, the Comforter, the Helper, and the Advocate, working in my life.  Will you join me in that?


16 Responses to “Dry and in need of a Comfort.”

  1. Dad said

    Good to hear that the Comforter has done His work.
    The sin of the old testament was Israel regected God,(Father) time and time again.
    The sin of the New testament Israel was they rejected THE Christ(Son)
    The sin today is the church has rejected the work of the Holy Spirit.
    Is there anything new under the sun?

  2. Brittney said

    Crazy insight Dad. It’s so ironic in a sense.

    Thanks for speaking on this Anthony. As I reflect, I see repeatedly myself rejecting the Holy Spirit’s comfort and assurance. Because I can’t imagine it as a person or having any human form, I think it can do nothing for me. However, the Holy Spirit can do wonders.

  3. Yeah. I will join you. I saw you looking around at church and asked God to help you take it as it was. =)

  4. I like this. I don’t think of the Spirit as my comforter, but I will seek Him out as that now.

  5. Brian said

    Thanks again, Anthony, for sharing your heart.

    While Jesus calls the Holy Spirit the Comforter, it doesn’t at all mean that as Christians, we will always be comfortable – even when we have the Spirit. And at times: especially when we have Spirit.

    Remember when Jesus was baptized, and received that Anointing from the Spirit – it was the Spirit, “the Comforter”, who led Jesus into the desert. The desert itself contains a rich mystical tradition of being a place that is in a very sense a complete opposite of the Garden of Eden, the place of Paradise in the beginning. It is a place where, nonetheless, God – through his Spirit – has called people to, in order to speak to them. It was a place where God spoke to Israel, in the dry and barren desertlands outside of the Promised Land (the “dryness” is also an image of the soul at times, that is “dry” in order to be “thirsty” – “thirsty for God”).

    But Jesus wasn’t merely led to the desert.

    “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil” (Matthew 4:1).

    It is interesting that the Spirit, the Comforter, led Jesus not so much to be comforted, but “to be tempted by the devil”. Why would the Spirit do this? Many mystics and saints have seen in these temptations a path even for us Christians, who are led by the same Spirit as Jesus; it is a path that leads us through temptations in order to grow in virtue and holiness – in essence, it is how we are “grown into Christ”.

    It is a path, in turn, that leads to the Cross as well. And this is what Jesus Himself, the Master, calls us as Christians to do: we are called to follow Him, and to take up our Cross. It is a path that even leads to dryness at times – a dryness that leads to facing violent temptations of discouragement and depression.

    But we are close to the Lord in such instances. We are perhaps closer to God in these dry-desert times than any other time. We are with Jesus, in a sense, who probably felt no comfort in his agony in the garden, or in his agony in the carrying his Cross – or in the moment on the Cross when he uttered the ancient Psalm: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”


  6. Brian said

    You’re welcome, Anthony.

    Thank you as well for sharing, for being vulnerable.

    You are a good writer. Who knows: maybe one day you will have written your entire book through your posts!


  7. Catherine Miller said

    Just started reading “Forgotten God”. I am recently
    Christian, after many years of looking in all the wrong places. My first spiritual experience was with the Holy Spirit who filled me up in an unbelivable way. I wish more people felt the way I do, most days, since that wonderful day, because it’s awesome! A friend sent me one of Francis Chan’s sermons, and ever since then, I’ve been hooked. Haven’t read Crazy Love yet, but hope to soon. The holidays cause turmoil in alot of people’s souls and maybe calling on the Holy Spirit to comfort you is a great idea. Thanks,

    • anthonygee said

      Cool, I am glad that you started reading that book. The Chanster is the BEST! he is awesome. How did you hear about my blog by the way? And crazy love is pretty dang good, I highly suggest reading it.

  8. Catherine Miller said

    Just found the blog on Bing when I was looking up info on the “Chanster”. Started reading Donald Miller’s books awhile back, and now I’ve found this. It’s so great. I’m really involved in a Christian church, and the pastor there, well he could take several lessons from Francis. He just doesn’t do it for me, if you know what I mean. Thought of looking for another church, but I attend Celebrate Recovery at the one I’m going to, so I’m kinda tied in there for now. We’ll see what happens. Like I said, I’m a “baby Christian” as some call me. Not in age, but in conversion. I hate that label, so I’m just new to all of this and reading everything I can get my hands on, including the Bible. Thanks again, Catherine

  9. Catherine Miller said

    I live in Lancaster, California, which is about 65 miles south of LA, in the High Desert. It is a very fast growing, but very ultra conservative area. The two churches in this area that are in any way just a little more accepting of new ideas about the Lord are the large church I go to, and Desert Vineyard, another church that has a really large congregation too. I’ve heard some good things about that one, but have never gone to it. Maybe I should, huh?

  10. Catherine Miller said

    Uh….HELLO CATHERINE! That’s 65 miles NORTH of LA. Geez, I’ve lived here most of my life and still I’m not good with the north, south, east and west thing! Catherine

  11. msmucker said

    Hi guys! I just finished “Forgotten God” and have wrote up some discussion questions on my site: http://smuckerfamily.wordpress.com/. I’d be happy to hear your thoughts, dig even deeper into Chan’s book, and consider more of its implications for our lives.

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