I frequently hear from people who want to develop their prophetic gifts, enquiring:

  • ‘How can I learn how to prophesy?’
  • ‘How can I activate my prophetic gift?’ (i.e. put prophecy into practice)
  • ‘Who can mentor me?’

And these are great questions.

However, today I want to share with you another question that is vital, not only to prophetic ministry, but also to leadership and Christian living in general.

It is a question that I have been challenged on recently, and I believe comes to each of us from the heart of God Himself:

You desire to minister to others; how well do you receive from Me?

Taking Time to Receive from God

As prophetic people, we are called to bring strengthening, encouraging and comfort’ from God to others. (1Cor 14:3, NIV).

We can study prophetic ministry. We can put it into practice. We can even have great mentors to learn from. But if we are not personally able to receive encouragement from God, how can we fully express the Father’s encouragement to others?

Following are some questions, based on Paul’s 3-fold aim of prophecy in 1 Cor 14:3, to help us explore how we are going in this area.

1. How Well do I Receive God’s Strengthening?

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening…’ (1 Corinthians 14:3)

The Greek word translated ‘strengthening’ is oikodome. It refers to the process of building up (as in building a house), edifying and promoting growth. It has also been translated ‘edification’ and ‘upbuilding.’

God is intimately concerned about your growth and His heart is that you reach your full potential. The Holy Spirit desires to build you up.

Am I regularly hearing from God, or allowing the Holy Spirits dealings in my life that result in:

  • Revealing things that have been standing in the way of me moving forward in my life; breaking me out of stuck places.
  • Enabling spiritual growth, as well as growth in other areas, such as character, relationships and ministry.
  • Strengthening me, so that I am sustained no matter what is taking place in my life and circumstances around me.

2. How Well do I Receive God’s Encouragement?

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging…’ (1 Corinthians 14:3)

The Greek word for ‘encouraging,’ paraklesis here is also translated ‘exhortation.’ Paraklesis comes from two wordspara, meaning ‘beside’ and Kaleo, meaning ‘call, appeal, or entreaty.’ It includes a range of meanings, from admonition, instruction, persuasion.

You may recognize the similarity between this word and the one Jesus used for the Holy Spirit— parakletos, which has been translated Helper, or Comforter.

Through exhortation, the Holy Spirit desires to stir us up and spur us on.

The wonderful thing about the Father’s exhortation is that He does not call us to empty performance or religious practices. He offers us His Spirit to empower and equip us, and He ‘comes alongside’ in relationship to accomplish what He desires of us to do.

Am I regularly hearing from God, or allowing the Holy Spirits dealings in my life that result in:

  • Adjustment and God’s loving correction in areas of my life that are not honouring to Him
  • Him persuading me to change my position or thinking in relation to some issue
  • Repentance when I have allowed an area of sin in my life
  • Apathy giving way to action and obedience to God

3. How Well do I Receive God’s Comfort?

‘But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort.’ (1 Corinthians 14:3)

The Greek word translated ‘comfort’ is paramuthia, from para, meaning near or beside, and muthos, meaning speech.

The word has also been translated consolation.

There is a sense of Gods tenderness and closeness, as He desires to comfort and uplift us.

Am I regularly hearing from God, or allowing the Holy Spirits dealings in my life that result in:

  • Being reassured when I am concerned, anxious or fearful
  • Comforted when I am grieving or have been hurt in a way that brings God’s healing and consolation into my life.

The Importance of Receiving God’s Comfort

If I were to rate How do I receive comfort from God from 1 (I dont receive His comfort very well) to 5 (I am in touch with my feelings and allow God to comfort me) what score would I give myself?

Opening our hearts to receive comfort from God can be challenging, especially to those of us who are in leadership and desire to be ‘strong for God’ and partake in His victory. We need to remember that the same God who shares His victory with us, also desires to console, heal, love and comfort us in times of trial and the experience of human weakness.

‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.’ (2 Cor 1:3-4)

Two ways to receive from God

It is worth considering the above questions in two ways.

1. In relation to receiving personally and directly from God, in our devotional life with Him.

2. In relation to receiving the Father’s strengthening, encouraging and comfort through others.

It takes humility to receive from God through others, especially in the areas of adjustment and comfort. I encourage you to take some time to consider the above. If you realise that you are weak in receiving from God in some area, take some time to pray, and open yourself up to receive from the Holy Spirit. It will transform your life and ministry.


I used the following resources in this study:

Online Greek Interlinear Bible
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, (c)1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.
Strongs Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. 1996 Refs G3619 G3874, G3889

Related Posts:

The Spirit of Encouragement: Are You A Barnabas?

Prophesying Out Of God’s Love

Escaping a Half-Lived Christian Life

Do you have any thoughts about receiving God’s strengthening, encouragement and comfort? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the comments box. If the comments box is not visible, click on this link and scroll down.

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6 thoughts on “How Well Do You Receive God’s Comfort?”

  1. Your comment regarding it takes humility to receice from god, is so true it also helps if we desire to please the lord, because our walk with the lord is not fully complete if we lack intimacy with the holy spirit, and as we receive his love his strengthening, we can be empowered to live a victorious christian life, yet if we do not have a heart revelation or know that god wants to be intimate with us, then we are missing out, The power of the holy spirit through jesus so desires!!!!!!!! to heal our hearts and bring his loving comfort, and as we expereince his loving prescence we start to see things differently, with the eyes of the spirit. it is important to renew our minds so we can get to know god, receive all that we need to for the journey which god is taking each believer step by step, “remember man plans his ways” but GOD ORDERS YOUR STEPS – hearing from god is more important than anything else, without knowing gods voice, our lives lack direction, yet it takes committment to become vulnerable and receive from god and seek his face, and know him intimately.

  2. My family was blessed with numerous pastors (father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, great x2 grandfather)and I was raised in a Christian home and attended an Assembly of God church. I received Christ as my savior at a very young age. I was filled with the Holy Spirit in my teens. Through out my childhood I was plagued with nightmares of evil (such as demonic attacks of devils and evil creatures always trying to get me) despite prayer they continued to the point my parents asked our pastor to come pray for me. Although we did not know how to spiritually address the night mares the prayer helped. I was later hurt in church as a senior in high school and became detached from a Christian walk.

    After joining the military and being wounded overseas I fell further into a non Christian lifestyle. I continued to have dreams as an adult but after my military service the dreams were often combined with my military experiences as well. I was afraid to go to sleep because I feared the dreams. After being married and divorced a few times. I cried out to the Lord my God because I was at extreme low in my life and I knew that Jesus was my only hope.

    The Holy Spirit refreshed my relationship after I humbled myself before him and reached out to my precious and forgiving Savior. About four years ago I started having visions. I knew nothing about spiritual visions or dreams. I felt so unworthy, why would the Holy Spirit want to have such a strong move in my life….I did not understand. I was startled by the visions but very engaged in the desire to pursue what the Holy Spirit was giving me. I was not familiar with visions and called my father and told him about what I was receiving. I could not describe what was happening to me without crying (and often still cannot talk about what the Lord is doing without crying), as the Holy Spirits presence is so strong. My father gave me a book entitled SEER. I read it 3 or 4 times and had the strongest drive to learn more and pursue spiritual education, my prayer life began to increase substantially, I had spiritual encounters regularly in vision and word from the Holy Spirit and I began to record the visions and prophetic information in a journal. There are times when I spiritually discern things about others such as needs and ailments so I can pray for them. The Holy Spirit then began releasing me to use the information slowly. It was amazing I began to have spiritual messages for people at my church and I contacted my pastor and he encouraged me to step out in faith and follow the Lords direction. The anointing of the Lord is all over me and my thirst for him is never satisfied.

    I am still growing in these gifts from the Lord and will need to continue to grow in him. I have only been receiving visions, dreams and spiritual messages from the Lord for about four years, the Lord is telling me I will be used in the healing ministry, spiritual discernment and the restoration of tired and worn out servants of the Lord…although I am unsure what exactly this looks like I am excited and willing. I still have so much to learn and there is much growth yet to be completed in my spiritual walk….I would ask for your prayers that our Saviors anointing and move in my life would educate me in his ways and use me according to his desires.

    I am just a cattle rancher in Missouri and this is beyond my wildest imagination.

    My encouragement is to those who have hit rock bottom in life without Christ; God is love and his spirit of love still loves you and will redeem you. We can all be restored through the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not let the spirit of Satan convince you that you are useless because of your sinful past because through the cleansing blood of Jesus you can and will be restored by reaching out to him.

    May God be Honored.

    1. Hi Russ, what a great testimony of the faithfulness and power and grace of God. Thank you so much for sharing it here. God’s hand is powerfully on you.
      I believe that because you have a heart to learn and to relate to your pastor and the leadership God has given to you, and because there is a sense of humility in your response to God and others, you will continue to see the Holy Spirit propel you into the destiny Father God has for you.
      I love your note ‘beyond my wildest imagination’ and so relate to that.
      ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us..’ (Eph 3:20) I do pray that as you continue to walk in the same sense of grace and wonder and humility, but also growing boldness. that the fullness God’s destiny and promise will open further in your life. You will know Him as the God of Divine Acceleration: https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2014/08/20/divine-acceleration-god-will-make-up-for-lost-time/

      1. Thank you for your ministry and the supporting words and direction.

        Your ministry is so needed. I so deeply appreciate the information that you have so freely given access. When I began to read your site I could just feel the Holy Spirits presence and anointing. I have such a burning in my heart to learn and grow in the things of the Lord. Acts 2:17 and Joel 2:28 are so alive and real.

        May God richly bless you, your family and the submission to the Holy Spirit your ministry yields.


        1. Thank you Russ, it’s been great to connect with you.
          Also, feel free to leave questions anytime on the blog in the comments section, or on social media, too, I do get around to answering them eventually 🙂

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