Acts 9:31,32 – Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.

This verse describes the climate in the church after Paul’s conversion. Apparently there was a season of rest and advancement as they saturated in the presence of the Holy Spirit. This verse gives us a glimpse into the work of the Spirit in the life of the church as a whole as well as in the life of individual Christians. First, we see the peace of God that was resonating in the lives of the believers. This is not just natural peace because everything is good, this is the peace that passes comprehension because the Holy Spirit is with us. This peace is ours today as we look to the Lord and get our eyes off of all our troubles. He is our peace.

We also see the church being edified by the work of the Holy Spirit. This word edified is a beautiful word that describes actually building something. We are God’s building, He is maturing us as we look to Him, after all we are His dwelling place.

We also see the church walking in the fear of God. The fear of God is not something we decide we are going to do or work on, this is the natural result of having encounters with the Holy Spirit. In His presence we see what He is like. We see His greatness, His majesty, His power, His holiness, and His goodness. One moment in His presence and we are on our faces awestruck by Him. The fear of God is the mark of being touched by God.

Finally, we see the comfort of the Holy Spirit. This is closely related to the name, Paracletos, that Jesus used when referring to the Holy Spirit. The King James Bible famously translated that word as the Comforter. If you were to get literal this word, Paracletos, means someone who is called alongside of you to help you. He comes and His very presence is our comfort. He doesn’t even need to say anything, just being there with us is all we need. Maybe you are going through a rough patch in life; if so take some time to get alone and begin to look to the Lord. Maybe take a few minutes to worship and not even bring up your troubles. Before you know it you will know He is there with you and you too will know the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

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