You’re Not Alone {7 Scriptures on God’s Presence}

03. December 2017 faith 2
You’re Not Alone {7 Scriptures on God’s Presence}

Alone.

The funny thing about feeling “alone” is that you can be happily married, have children, friends, and co-workers you enjoy and feel alone. I’ve stood smack dab in the middle of a fun party with a bunch of people, and felt lonelier than when I was by myself.

“Alone” really isn’t a number thing because it has to do with our hearts and our thoughts–the inside.

The holidays often stir up the emptiness inside–that void loneliness creates. 

But this is exactly why Jesus came. He didn’t want us to be alone anymore. He wanted to bring the presence of God into our world. And that is exactly what he did.

He came.

Immanuel.

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.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

It’s one of my favorite names for Jesus.

I’m not alone. Others love this name too.

Ann Spangler writes in her book Praying the Names of Jesus:

“One of the most comforting of all the names and titles of Jesus, it is literally translated ‘with us is God’ or as Matthew’s Gospel puts it, ‘God with us.’ When our sins made it impossible for us to come to him, God took the outrageous step of coming to us, of making himself susceptible to sorrow, familiar with temptation, and vulnerable to sin’s disruptive power, in order to cancel its claim. In Jesus we see how extreme God’s love is. Remember this the next time you feel discouraged, abandoned, or too timid to undertake some new endeavor. For Jesus is still Immanuel–he is still “God with us.” (p. 15).

What kind of God would do this?

A kind God.

His sandled feet plodded along the hills and dusty roads of Israel for three decades. He touched the untouchable, healed those unable to be healed, cast out demons of muted men who could not say their name, and raised the dead —the one’s past hope.

He held children in his lap and chuckled as their chubby hands pulled his beard. 

He loved.

Laughed.

Cried.

And died so that one day we would never be alone. His Spirit would fill the void, the God hole only he can make whole.

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Bite of Bread reading plan

As we begin to decorate our homes, shop, bake and write Christmas cards, let’s prepare our hearts by studying his Presence. It’s the reason for the season, the celebration of his coming to our neck of the universe to meet us face to face.

Our world was never the same.

And neither are we when we’ve encountered the Living God . . .

Immanuel.

 

Sneak Peek of the Printable

Print off the scriptures with prompts and questions to maximize your time with the Lord and the Bite of Bread. Each day is just a bite to fill your spirit all day long. Here’s a preview:

 

Isaiah 57:15: For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.

  • “Contrite” has been translated from the Hebrew word Daka which carries the meaning of to be cast down, be humbled, broken in pieces and crushed (Key Word). Pride separates us from God. He dwells with the humble. Thank Him for those humbling moments in your life and ask Him to reveal any prideful places.

Psalm 139:7: Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

  • I love the intimate relationship of the psalmist and God. He acknowledges that God has been with Him even in His mother’s womb, and there is nowhere he can go without God present. What is good about believing God is always with you?

Jeremiah 29:13: You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  • I love this promise even more than the famous verse 11 preceding it. What is sweet about this promise? Write down a time when you experienced its truth.

1 John 4:12: No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

  • What have you noticed about the Spirit of God living in you? How do you know He is there?

John 14:16:  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—

According to this verse, what is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? How do you need Him to help you today? Write a prayer.

Matthew 1:23: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

  • What is the significance of God coming to live with us? What did He do while He was here?

Revelation 4:1-11: After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a] of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’[b] who was, and is, and is to come.”Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

  • Underline the words that speak to your spirit.

 Click here for the printable. 

 

 

Pour your coffee (or tea). Grab  a journal and Bible, and spend time with the One who is present even though we can’t see him. Join me too for some fellowship on our daily Facebook live broadcast.  

He is so good to us. I pray you can feel his presence. May you be filled as you pray this prayer by Ann Spangler,

“Immanuel, I praise you for your faithful love–drawing me near when I was far from you. Instead of casting me away from your presence, you came to call me home. Instead of punishing me for my sins, you came to free me from them. Immanuel, my God, you are here with me today. Live in me and glorify your name, I pray.”

Amen.

We are not alone. Talk to him. Listen. And know he is with you.

 

Digging Deep,

 

Andy

 

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2 thoughts on “You’re Not Alone {7 Scriptures on God’s Presence}”

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    Meg Gemelli on December 6, 2017 Reply

    This book needs to come to my house…especially after you told us all about it Monday night. Great plan for the week my friend! Hope to catch you a morning or two. I’m at the school at that time a few days, but the car ride is sometimes good 🙂

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      Andy on December 6, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Meg! It is a great book. Blessings!

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