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"God Is with Us"
God Is with Us
"Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and
redeemed His people."
Immanuel: God is with us—God came to us. What a staggering
thought. It is really the essence of the Christian faith and the
Christian life. All other religious ideologies essentially tell
you that you must do something: Do this, and you will find inner
peace. . . . Do this, and you will reach nirvana. . . . Do this,
and maybe you will make it to heaven. But Christianity says it
is done—done for you at the Cross, paid for by the blood of
Being a Christian is not merely following a creed; it is having
Christ Himself live in you and through you, giving you the
strength to be the man or woman He has called you to be. Jesus
said, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age"
(Matthew 28:20) and "I will never leave you nor forsake you"
The message of Christmas is God with us. That is important to
know, especially during those times when we are going through
great difficulty. The psalmist said, "If I take the wings of the
morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there
Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me"
(Psalm 139:9–10). It is great to know that God is with you
wherever you go.
The Bible never teaches that we will have problem-free lives as
followers of Christ. But the Bible does teach that we never will
be alone. And because of that, we don't have to be afraid. As
Ray Stedman said, "The chief mark of the Christian ought to be
the absence of fear and the presence of joy."
That is the message that this sin-sick world needs to hear:
Immanuel—God is with us.
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