Sunday, December 25, 2016
God With Us
MATTHEW 1:21-23 NIV 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"--which means, "God with us."
Part of the wonderful good news of the New Testament is that God is not just a far-off God, but He is right with us.
With us -- in many ways.
With us as we face life -- right here to help us. Not far away, and out of touch with what we are facing. Not difficult to reach -- but only a prayer away.
With us in understanding what it is like to live on earth and face the problems and difficulties we all face.
With us in knowing what it is like to experience pain and loss.
With us in knowing what it feels like to be rejected and despised and misunderstood.
With us in knowing what it is like to be hungry and have nothing to eat.
With us in knowing how difficult it can be to struggle against sin.
With us in knowing what it is like to be attacked by the devil.
HEBREWS 4:15 NIV 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet was without sin.
God came to earth. He became a man. (No, I don't understand that, I just accept it.) Jesus experienced what we experience, yet He always walked in victory.
If you let Jesus, He will guide you into victory, also.
SAY THIS: God is with me! He understands, and is here to help me.
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