Session 13

Do you believe God is with you?

From A Celebration of Advent: A 25-Day Devotional

Jesus is “Immanuel” or “God with us.” Through Jesus, God came and walked among creation. Jesus made a way to restore our relationship with God and gave us His Spirit, so we’re never without Him. 

“... the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” - Isaiah 7:14

Reminders of Jesus’ birth are everywhere this time of year — in Christmas carols, church nativities, TV specials, and family traditions. But how many of us woke up today with the confidence that God is with us?

Our actions and attitudes change when we understand this truth. 

Because God is with us, we can never be separated from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Because God is with us, we can accomplish His will for us (Philippians 2:13). And because God is with us, we don’t have to live with fear, worry, or dissatisfaction.

When you’re facing the heartache of Christmas without family, remember, God is with you. When you’re fretting over what the in-laws might think, remember, God is with you. And when you’re cuddled up with your kids around a fire, God is with you there, too. 

It’s one thing to know God is with us; it’s another to carry this truth into each day. This Christmas, let the knowledge that God is with you lead you to love more fully, give more generously, and live more confidently. 

  • Where do you find it easy to believe that God is with you? Where do you struggle to believe that’s true?
  • How will you approach this Christmas differently, knowing God is with you?

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