““Comfort, oh comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak softly and tenderly to Jerusalem, but also make it very clear That she has served her sentence, that her sin is taken care of—forgiven! She’s been punished enough and more than enough, and now it’s over and done with.””
Isaiah 40:1-2 MSG
One of the Christmas gifts that I knew I would be buying for someone this year, was a Snuggie.
My daughter got one as a gift a few years ago and my little cousin wraps up in it every time she comes to visit.
It’s time she has one of her own.
As I read the above passage this morning, I was reminded of a few things about our Comforter, The Holy Ghost.
Jesus wrapped me with My Snuggie, The Comforter, a few years back as well.
It wasn’t the first time, I’d felt His comfort, but it’s probably one of the most impactful.
I had been struggling in my emotions.
I’d been battling condemnation and fear like never before.
Feeling like I had lost it,
I’ll never forget waking up to Holy Ghost comforting me with these words,
“The litigations have been dropped.”
Then I was led to this verse in the Passion;
“So now the case is closed. There remains no accusing voice of condemnation against those who are joined in life-union with Jesus, the Anointed One.”
Romans 8:1 TPT
It was as if my shivering , fearful body was clothed by His warm, tender wrapped Snuggie-Holy Spirit.
So, this particular dear one, my little cousin, needs to have this same experience, I perceive.
Not just physically, but spiritually.
She has been a part of our lives as what we call an honorary Weible, several times over the past few years.
I’ve learned I can’t always change her circumstances,
or those of my own children,
Or even you guys, my brothers and sisters,
But I can offer you A Snuggie.
A reminder that Holy Spirit will never leave.
He is a comfort and a clear guide, in the midst of your circumstances.
You don’t have to have circumstances change, in order for you to be comforted.
But in the midst of hardship, you’re clothed with power.
Remember Jesus, comforting the disciple in the 1st book of Acts?
They perceived and were excited for Jesus to change their present circumstances.
They were under the thumb of horrific Roman tyranny and were fearful.
Finally, they thought, we are going to have different circumstances.
Jesus, You’re King…right?!
But Jesus didn’t come to change their earthly kingdom.
He came to CHANGE THEM.
“Every time they were gathered together, they asked Jesus, “Lord, is it now the time for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He answered, “The Father is the one who sets the fixed dates and the times of their fulfillment. You are not permitted to know the timing of all that he has prepared by his own authority. But I promise you this—the Holy Spirit will come upon you, and you will be seized with power. You will be my messengers to Jerusalem, throughout Judea, the distant provinces —even to the remotest places on earth!””
Acts 1:6-8 TPT
In my Christmas lingo for you today,
The picture I see is this…
“Baby, it’s Cold Outside…
Here is your Snuggie!”