“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel–which, when translated, means, God with us.”
Matthew 1:23 AMPC
From the beginning, God named Places and People. He names sometimes based on Destiny, Calling and Assignment. He named Jacob, Israel. He named Abram, Abraham. He named Paul, Saul. We can go on and on.
He said Jesus should also be called EMMANUEL, meaning GOD WITH US. Jesus was named Emmanuel, because He came as God in the Flesh and lived among us. This is the Message of Christmas. God coming down to live as Man among us. He manifested His Love to us by coming down to Live among us as Man.
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.” John 1:14 AMPC
The greatest gift you can give anyone is your Presence. God’s greatest gift to His Children is His Presence. With God on your side, no situation should intimidate you. Without His Presence, we are nothing. God with us is our greatest asset in the Kingdom. A trip without God, is a trip to nowhere. A Business without Him, is nothing
“And Moses said to the Lord, If Your Presence does not go with me, do not carry us up from here!” Exodus 33:15 AMPC
Moses said the journey is not worth it, without God’s Presence. God’s Presence is all we need make it through difficult situations. Once God is in it, all is well with it. God’s Presence is the major secret behind the victorious life of many Bible Celebrities.
““I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
You must receive the gift of salvation by accepting Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour and walk in the consciousness of His Presence, if you want to enjoy God’s ever-abiding Presence. Don’t ever forget that God is with you. The Bible says in 365 places, “Fear not, for God is with you”. This means God wants you to remind yourself daily that He is with you.
God is using this Christmas to bring your remembrance to the fact that He is tabernacled with you. He is our ever-present Help in times of trouble. He is closer to you than you can imagine. His Presence is more real than any situation around you. There is hope for you, because God is with you in every situation you find yourself.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NKJV
I pray that as we celebrate the Birth of Emmanuel, God’s Presence will manifest in every difficult situation of your life. The Lord will go with you in all your journey in the coming year (2017). God will never leave you, nor forsake you, in Jesus matchless name.