God's Holy Fire: 'Sweet Reassurance'

Thursday, November 14, 2019

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Then I [John] heard a voice from heaven say, "Write: 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."
— Revelation 14:13 NKJV

Key Thought

Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit as the Comforter and promised the Spirit's abiding and comforting presence within us (John 14-16 ASV). Jesus' word for the Holy Spirit also could be translated as Advocate, Helper, and Counselor. The richness of the Spirit's presence fills up the goodness of each of these terms. Paul talked about the Holy Spirit as the assurance of our sharing with Jesus in heaven (2 Corinthians 1:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:5). In addition to these great promises, we have today's verse, one of the most comforting verses for me as I help people in their times of grief. Those who have lived for Jesus are given two promises by the Spirit: First, they will enjoy the rest of God. Second, what they have done for the Lord will be remembered by the one who matters most. What we do for Jesus matters eternally, and it will not be forgotten! (Hebrews 6:10)

Today's Prayer

O Father, I thank you for your great and matchless promises. Today, I am especially thankful for those promises that are connected to the Holy Spirit — the comfort and assurance the Spirit brings to my heart. May I live with confidence because of the certainty I have through the Holy Spirit who lives in me, brings comfort to me, and promises me your gracious appreciation of what I have done to honor Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Illustration

Illustration of Revelation 14:13 NKJV — "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."

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About This Devotional

God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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