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Dec 20 Devotion: God with us!

Isa. 7:14– Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This is just one of the many prophecies that foretold of Jesus’ coming. His miraculous birth was just the beginning of why He came to earth. Jesus…

  1. was born of a Virgin!

  2. lived a Virtuous, sinless life!

  3. Vicariously suffered a sacrificial death!

  4. Victoriously conquered death, hell, and the grave!

“Immanuel” means “God with us”. Jesus was not only among us when He walked among men, He is with us who have believed on Him in every aspects of our lives for He promised to never leave us or forsake us!

God with us!

*He can be found with us in…

  1. Spirit!

John 14:16-17– And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

  1. Scriptures!

John 1:1-2; 14– IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth

  1. Sanctuary!

Matt. 18:20– For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

  1. Storms!

John 14:27– Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

  1. Solitude!

Heb. 13:5– Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

  1. Suffering!

Song of Sol. 2:1– I AM the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys

  1. Separating!

Ps. 23:4– Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

II Cor. 5:6-8– Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

As we celebrate His birth this season, we too need to celebrate that He is with us always! –Pastor Doug Foster

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