Are you experiencing God’s presence? Are you aware that God is with you? That God is in your corner?
“A virgin will be with child and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel—which means “God with us” (Isaiah 7:14) Later an angel reaffirmed the message to Joseph. (Matthew 1:20-23)
A little boy’s father had gone on a long business trip. He missed his father terribly, especially at bedtime when his daddy always read him a bedtime story. His mother, wanting to comfort him, gave him a photo of his dad to take to bed with him. The boy would clutch it under the blanket and fall asleep with it. One evening as he studied the photo he said, “I wish daddy would just step out of the picture and be here with me now.”
That’s what God did one Christmas. He stepped out of his heavenly frame and came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ so he could be near us. He came into the world in bodily form. He is with us now, not just in name or in thought, but in reality. He is with us in person. He is a God who gets involved in our lives. He is a God who lives among us, Isaiah tells us: “for great is the Holy One among you” (Isaiah 12:6).
Are you experiencing His presence? Are you aware that God is with you? That God is in your corner? We don’t always feel his presence, but then, feelings are not reliable. They change with the weather or a night’s sleep.
God says he is present. “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
Speak the words out loud, “Thank you God that you are with me right now. You are walking with me and holding my hand. You know the way and will lead me to a good end. Therefore, I have nothing to be afraid of.”
This is the advent – the coming of the Lord. God invading history.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This is Christmas. This is Emmanuel: God with us. This is the advent – the coming of the Lord. God invading history. The one who invented it coming into it and submitting himself to all his own rules.
The teaching of the New Testament is that now, at this very moment, there is a Man in heaven appearing in the presence of God for us. He is as certainly a man as was Adam or Moses or Paul; he is a man glorified, but his glorification did not dehumanize him. Today he is a real man, of the race of mankind, bearing our lineaments and dimensions, a visible and audible man, whom any other man would recognize instantly as one of us. But more than this, he is the heir of all things, Lord of all lords, head of the church, firstborn of the new creation. He is the way to God, the life of the believer, the hope of Israel, and the high priest of every true worshiper. He holds the keys of death and hell, and stands as advocate and surety for everyone who believes on him in truth. Salvation comes not by accepting the finished work, or deciding for Christ; it comes by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ, the whole, living, victorious Lord who, as God and man, fought our fight and won it, accepted our debt as his own and paid it, took our sins and died under them, and rose again to set us free. This is the true Christ; nothing less will do. (from the pen of A. W. Tozer)
by John Fischer
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Would you like to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ? The following is a sample prayer.
Praying is simply talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart. Here’s a suggested prayer:
Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to You and ask You to come in as my Saviour and Lord. Take control of my life. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Bring peace to my world this Christmas. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.