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I Am with You Always

October 8, 2019

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I Am with You Always

Sometimes people wish they could have a nice  long visit  with Jesus  and have Him explain  all of the Bible to us.      People might wish they could have walked along the road to Emmaus,  like the two followers of Jesus did  in Luke 24.      It was then  that Jesus appeared to them  after His resurrection  and explained how all of the prophets  had foretold  that the Christ was supposed to suffer and die  for our sins.      Jesus went through all  of the sayings of the prophets,  showing how the Christ  was the fulfillment of those prophecies.      Then,  when they were at supper  later on,  the men finally recognized Jesus  and He vanished  from their sight.      The two men were filled with such wonder  that they told each other in Luke 24:32,

Were not our hearts burning within us  while He was speaking to us  on the road,  while He was explaining  the Scriptures to us?

These two men were mightily impressed  in listening to Jesus  and, then realizing that they were actually listening  to the risen Lord.      He was no longer dead  —  but alive.

We don’t have to wistfully wish  we were there that day,  walking along the road, listening to Jesus explain the scriptures.      We have those very scriptures  in our hands today.      They are the very same words of Jesus.      The Old Testament tells all of the old time prophecies  that Jesus referred to,  and the New Testament explains  how they were all fulfilled  in Jesus Christ.

We are listening to Jesus talk to us  when we read  and meditate  on His word  —  the Bible.      Our hearts can also burn within us  as we study God’s word  and realize  that it all came true  over thousands of years  —  right down to the tiniest details.      This is why Hebrews 4:12 tells us,

The word of God  is living  and active  and sharper than any two-edged sword,  and piercing  as far as the division  of soul and spirit,  of both joints and marrow,  and able to judge the thoughts  and intentions  of the heart.

Jesus’ preaching of  “the word of God”  got down to the nitty-gritty  of what was really  in the hearts  of the people.      That is why some hated Him so intensely  and others loved Him  even more intensely.      Some love the gospel  of our salvation in Jesus  —  and others refuse to admit they are sinners  in need of repentance  and forgiveness.      The word of God cuts down into the  “intentions of the heart”,  and shows us  our desperate need  of a Savior.

People may wish they could meet Jesus personally  —  and they can.      John 1:1-5 explains,

In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God,  and the Word was God.      He was in the beginning with God.      All things came into being through Him;  and apart from Him  nothing came into being  that has come into being.      In Him was life;  and the life  was the light of men.      And the light shines  in the darkness;  and the darkness did not comprehend it.

Jesus is the Word.      We can listen to Jesus  and personally learn from Him  every time we open our Bibles  and listen  to what He has to teach us there.      In His word,  Jesus enlightens us.      The light of Jesus  shows us  the ugliness of our sins  and our need  for the redemption He freely gives us.      Those who want to remain  in the ugly darkness  of their sins  will never comprehend that.

So,  we do have Jesus near  to teach us  —  if we care to listen to Him.      He is patiently standing by,  waiting for us  to turn to Him.      We have His eternal promise  in Matthew 28:20,  Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

As we prayerfully open up our Bibles  and learn intimately  from our Lord,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  we thought You were far away,  but You are really always with us.      Open up our hearts  and minds  to keep learning  from You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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