God is WITH Us…Day 1

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     Day 1: Immanuel

If you were to give God just one name, what name would you give Him? That’s a tough question, isn’t it?

If you read through both the Old and New Testaments, you’ll discover that God had a lot of names given to Him from His people. And as we will see throughout the week, the sad reality is that many of the names of God throughout the Bible don’t translate into English very well. But one name that does translate well is the name given to Jesus, Immanuel, which simply means, “God with us.”

Throughout this message series, we’ve looked into the lives of Joseph, Moses, Nebuchadnezzar, Esther, Jonah, Peter, and Paul. We’ve focused on how God was with each of them in their trials, doubts, or persecutions. We’ve even seen how God was with them in the silence, and in their running. This week, we’re going to focus our attention on the truth that God wasn’t just with them; He is also with us.

As you read today, consider this: What do these passages about Jesus tell you about the reality that God is with us?

In what ways are you able to identify with Mary, Joseph, and others in the story of Jesus’ birth?

READING:

MATTHEW 1:18-25; LUKE 2:1-21

What do these passages about Jesus tell you about the reality that God is with us?

In what ways are you able to identify with Mary, Joseph, and others in the story of Jesus’ birth?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: 1 Samuel 17 & 18

Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method

Heavenly Father, this week is all about celebrating the birth of Christ. I know that there will be many things that will try to distract me from celebrating Jesus, but my heart is to remember that Jesus left a perfect world in order to come to an imperfect one, so that He would be with me. As I interact with family, friends, and many others this week, may I be a reflection of His kindness, mercy, and love. And may I celebrate all He has done for me, within me, through me, and all He will continue to do. I worship You today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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