by Jo Umberger, Vice President, NewLife Behavior International
“‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means “God with us”).‘” Matthew 1:23 NIV
At this season of the year, we often hear about Jesus’ birth, including the passage above, which tells us that God is with us. Here are Scriptures to help us demonstrate our belief in His continual presence, which also helps give us peace.
Reassurance that He is with us always
Jesus commanded His disciples to make disciples, baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and teach them to obey everything He commanded them. Then he reassured them they would not be alone but that He would be with them to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)
He is with us. Every hour. Every day. In easy times and tough times. To the very end of the age.
How many of us realize that we are NEVER ALONE?! Even in the midst of trouble, He reassures us that we can have peace and that He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
What can you do to help you remember that God is always with you?
No reason to fear
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV
Since a spirit of fear does not come from God, we know it is from our enemy, the devil. Our good Father, on the other hand, has given us a spirit of power. This power is strong enough to overcome the temptation to fear.
He has given us a spirit of love and of a sound mind. Let us focus on how we can demonstrate God’s love and to think soberly rather than focusing on things that can make us fearful!
Is there something that you fear this day? Pray about it, giving it to Him.
Mercy and grace to help us
We need these most precious gifts of mercy and grace from God. He promises them to us “in our time of need” if we approach His throne with confidence. (Hebrews 4:16)
When we ask with confidence, we can be assured that He will provide mercy and grace for us in our time of need. We need to realize that He is with us and will help us if we will ask in confidence, trusting Him and that His good, pleasing and perfect will shall be accomplished. (See Romans 12:2)
What do you need to ask of God in confidence?
Let us remember that our God is with us always, that we have no reason to fear and that He will provide grace to help us. By doing these things, we are demonstrating our trust in His Word, our trust that Jesus truly is Immanuel.