God With Us!!!!
“So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, ‘God with us.’” - Matthew 1:22-23 NKJV-
As I was seeking the Lord regarding this first article of 2016 I heard Him say: Come Closer!
God is calling us into closer proximity to Himself. Nearness is why He came. We are just
coming off the Christmas season but the meaning of Christmas must remain in the forefront of
our hearts and minds throughout the year. He came to be with us.
Jesus came in the flesh so that God could come near. Jesus’ incarnation was for the purpose
of God restoring what was lost in the Garden where man once walked with God. God didn’t
send an angel to us, God came near Himself. And this nearness wasn’t only for the lifetime of
Christ on earth or available to those who were living during that time. It was to open the way
and the very possibility of this nearness to all of us. We must understand that the deepest
desire of God’s heart is to be close to us. His closeness cures everything.
This is the answer to receiving our true identity and functioning in the power and provision
that God desires for us in these days of great difficulty. Christ birthed the church not to carry
on by itself apart from the Head of the church, Jesus Christ. We are to move and function in
close proximity to and with Him! I believe this is why the enemy is always after our focus and
our attention. He is trying to capture our gaze with the weight of our circumstances and the
overwhelming difficulties of this age. He always wants our trouble to appear greater than our
answer. Where is our focus being drawn?? We need to Come Closer to God and have Him be our focus in all we do and face!!