I Am With You
"Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city." (Acts 18:9-10)
We love the promises of God! That’s why we wrote a book about them, and that’s why we developed that book into this daily devotional that you are now reading. But we also know that there is something even better than the promises of God. Even better than His promises is his presence! Knowing that the presence of Almighty God is with us! Knowing that, whatever happens, there is One Who is our constant Companion! Knowing that, whatever the devil may throw at us, there is One Who is our Shield and our Defender. Grasping hold of this truth is life-changing.
Jesus knew how important this would be for us. That is why the very last thing he promised His disciples, before returning to His Father in heaven, was that He would always be with them. This was certainly a promise that they would need to keep hold of; for as they went out with the good news of the gospel, not everyone was ready to receive it as good news. The disciples would be rejected, persecuted, even put to death, because of their message about Jesus; but Jesus was with them through it all – and it was this certainty that kept them going. Paul, too, experienced many difficulties, hardships and rejections; little wonder, therefore, that at times he became downhearted. It was on one such occasion, in the city of Corinth where he had met with much hardness of heart, that Jesus spoke to him in the night: "I’m with you Paul!" Such simple words; yet words that gave him renewed strength and vision - so much so that he would stay on in Corinth for a further 18 months and continue with the work.
The promise of Jesus to all His followers is that He would be with them. Whatever opportunities or challenges you may be facing at this time, this promise still holds true for you today.
"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
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