God With Us

by APC on December 24, 2015

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us (Matthew 1:23, KJV).

When Joseph was espoused to Mary, she mysteriously became pregnant. Joseph was faced with a difficult decision—stay with Mary or divorce her. God sent an angel unto Joseph and explained to Him that the child conceived in Mary was by the Holy Ghost (Matthew 1:20). This had come to pass to fulfill what the prophets had foretold (Matthew 1:22).

The birth of Jesus Christ would become the visible truth of God’s omnipresence—God is with us. In Jesus—Emmanuel—God was with us! We can learn if God was able to robe Himself in flesh and dwell in an earthen vessel, then He can show up anywhere.

His Omnipresence

It’s difficult to comprehend how God can be present in one location and everywhere at the same time. We must remember God isn’t a mystic force in the sky that is outside of the realm of human contact. He came in a physical form to show us that He isn’t too intangible to be with His creation. God wants to visit us in ways that we can feel.

We cannot think in the dimensions of God. He isn’t tied to our timing and confined to our existence. His ways are higher than our ways and thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8–9). He created us, we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).

We can feel God through many avenues. When we feel God, it can be best described as experiencing His power. Today, we can experience the power of His presence through the infilling of the Holy Ghost (John 14:16). By His Spirit, His power can be with us at all times!

Experiencing His Presence

Moses sought to understand what it meant to have God’s favor. God told Moses, “…My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14, KJV). The evidence of God’s grace and favor in our life is His presence. God’s presence can be manifested in many ways and in all of our lives!

We have the opportunity to experience His presence through prayer, praise, worship, fasting, giving, etc. Our goal in our spiritual walk is to be constantly in the presence of God.

God With Us

Scripture tells us the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). We know that in Jesus dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). When Jesus walked the face of the earth, He was truly God manifested in flesh—God with us!

We must know the promises in Scripture about the Lord’s location so we will not raise up a generation that thinks they can get away from His presence. There is no where we can go to escape Him (Psalm 113).

Scripture shows us ways in which God worked in the lives of His people. He was with them. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and He is still with us yet today.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on December 23, 2015 with Guest Speaker, Brother Greg Wilhelm