Advent Week 3: The Joy of Advent

 

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Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”—which, when translated, means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, AMP)

“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.

(Psalm 16:11, AMP)

“Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.”

(Psalm 21:6, NIV)

“… I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”(Matthew 28:20, AMP)

Joy. True joy. Where can we find it? Its source is the Omnipresent One.  Read again the promise spoken hundreds of years before the Word became flesh.

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel”—which, when translated, means, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23, AMP)

And read again the words of Immanuel, the Word made flesh,

“… I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually—regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20, AMP)

“God with us.” “God with us.” “God with us.” Make it personal because it is true. “God is with me.” Your circumstances may be characterized by uncertainty and pain this Advent season and you may be tempted to ask, “God is with me in this?” The answer is, “Yes.” The answer is always, “Yes. God is with me.” Whisper it like a secret to your wounded soul. Apply it like a salve. “God is with me.” “God is with me and in His presence is fullness of joy.” I have joy, regardless of my circumstances, because of Him. Embrace the truth. Stretch out on it. Wrap it around you like a comforting blanket. Drink it in. Feast on it. “God is with me and He is with me always [remaining with me perpetually – regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” Joy. True joy. It is found in His presence. Fullness of joy. It is based on the Omnipresent One and He is with you always.

Prayer

Father, thank You that, “Immanuel” is not a word; it is truth. You are with me and in the midst of all that is not going well, in the midst of the challenges, in the midst of the hustle and bustle, help me slow down to rest in the truth that You are with me. I am in Your presence right now and I rejoice in You.

 

 

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