Okay — sometimes I worry. I worry about the future. I worry about decisions. I worry about things I have no control over. Then, I will catch myself. I will become painfully aware that I am trying to handle life on my own and live out of my own strength. What is incredibly comforting is to realize that I am not alone. God’s forever presence in Jesus through his Spirit is mine to claim. No, that is not a "fix." It is actually better. Most of the time what we need is not a fix, rather it is to learn how to see life from God’s vantage point. THAT is what it means to live in reality.
One of the great promises that Jesus made at the end of his life is recorded at the end of Matthew. It is an important promise. The promise is a reminder that his presence is forever. After commissioning his disciples to make disciples of all the nations, he makes this promise: "…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). His forever promise is a reality through the Spirit of God who dwells in each one of us. Does his presence have practical, everyday implications? Absolutely!
How do I make it through this cancer? â€œI am with you always.â€
How do I deal with such a difficult marriage? â€œI am with you always.â€
How do I remain in this university and live the way God wants me to live instead of lowering my standards?
â€œI am with you always.â€
How do I live with the courage to do what is right? â€œI am with you always.â€
How can I be a person who doesnâ€™t get paralyzed by the disapproval of others? â€œI am with
How can I be a person who is passionate about reaching others who do not know Christ? â€œI am
with you always.â€
How do we rear our children in such a godless world? â€œI am with you always.â€
How do we move forward as a church and at the same time make wise decisions? â€œI am with you
How do we pray believing that things will be different as the result of prayer? â€œI am with
How can we be a church that is dead? Dead to sin.
Dead to self-centeredness. â€œI am with you always.â€
How can we be a church where we build up, encourage, and commit instead of give up, cave in, and run away? â€œI am with you always.â€