Week Three: Jesus Present In All Things

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“A promise is a promise is a promise!” My sweet mother said that to me countless times when I was growing up. Her intent was to teach me to understand the importance of always keeping my word. The Word of our Lord and Savior tells us that God promises to always be with us. Throughout the Old Testament God repeatedly reminds his people that He’ll never forsake them.

Since God came to walk the earth in human form, as Jesus, believers are promised a life eternal with Him. While we walk the earth, Jesus is within us as the Holy Spirit. Upon our death or His return to earth, whichever comes first, our eternal home will be with Jesus.

Talk about a promise - how amazing is that?

Have you suffered the effects of a broken promise? Did your heart ache? How did you overcome it? God does not break His promises. He will always bring you out of darkness. He will always answer your prayers. He will always carry you when you cannot carry yourself. He will always protect you. He will always give you strength when you’re weak. He will always bring you joy. He will always rejoice with you. He will always love you! He will always be with you, by you and in you. Take comfort in His promises!

Kathy Sewell

Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day One: 

DAILY — PRAYING SCRIPTURE:

Sometimes the Holy Spirit doesn’t seem real to people, including plenty of life-long Christians. He is not only real, but He was part of creating you!

Genesis 1:2 & 26 — Dear God, from the beginning the Holy Spirit was present. He hovered over the waters You created. When it came time to create humans, You said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.” Us and Our refer to You, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit. Your Word states that, as a human, I will rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals. I thank you for trusting me with your perfect creation.

May I be ever mindful of the fact that the Holy Spirit is as real as You and Your Son, Jesus, are and that He is available to help me as much as I will allow Him to. May I seek the presence of the Holy Spirit and all that He has to offer me. Amen.

Ask yourself — Who or what do you think the Holy Spirit is? Are you open to His guidance? Are you ready to see all that He can do for you?

Prayer:  Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Two:

“Signed, sealed and delivered - I’m yours” - Stevie Wonder [along with other Motown writers] wrote those lyrics in 1970. In 1977 Peter Frampton covered Wonders’ hit, and it rose to the top of the charts. In the song a jilted lover is offering himself to his ex-girlfriend, but we have the offer of Someone far better than a boyfriend or girlfriend. We have the Holy Spirit who offers Himself to all of us through a sealed and delivered promise. The promise is to ALWAYS be with us to counsel us, comfort us, convict us and encourage us.

Ephesians 1: 11-14 — You, Lord, have a plan. You work out everything in conformity with the purpose of Your will. From the beginning Your plan included Jesus walking this earth and teaching His disciples about the incredible promise of my future as a believer.  I, who believes in Christ, am marked in You with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing my inheritance. You planned a way for me to have the security of knowing that my inheritance is the gift of being with You forever once I profess to believe in Christ. Thank You for your perfect attention to every single detail of my life. Amen.

Ask yourself — Do you look for and listen to promptings from the Holy Spirit? Do you know what that even means or looks like? Take a few moments today to read about The Holy Spirit. The topical index of the Bible will lead you to those Scriptures. You could visit https://www.cru.org/us/en/train-and-grow/spiritual-growth/holy-spirit-resource-kit.html for more insight on the

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Three:

Have you ever promised something and then had to break that promise? Many, many children suffer the consequences of broken promises time and time again. Perhaps some of the most heartbreaking promises are those made to children who no longer live with both parents or, worse yet, don’t live with either parent. Promises to send a card, make a phone call, find a forever home or be there for ‘their weekend’ are too often made with no intention of fulfilling them. Children lose their faith in adults and quite possibly start on a journey of not trusting anyone.

The good news is that God ALWAYS keeps His promises! We need to trust Him and teach children to do the same.

Genesis 21:2 — Father God - You’ve said since the beginning of time that you’ll always be with me. You promised Abraham “an heir from his very own body,” and his wife, Sarah, did bear him a child despite their very old ages.

Joshua 1:5 — Lord, You promised Joshua that “no one would be able to stand up against him” because You would never leave or forsake him. What a promise!

Matthew 21: 18-20 — Thank you, Father, for the written history, which demonstrates time and again that You keep your promises, therefore making your promise “to always be with” us believable, even to the newest of Christians. Amen.

Ask yourself — Have you read all of God’s promises in the bible? Take time to do that from time to time, and you will surely be richly blessed.

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Four: 

As a child I had the assurance that my parents would always be there for me. Even when they drove off and left me at the camp store in a state park, they came back for me. Jesus assured his disciples that He’d be back after his crucifixion. They could not imagine how that was going to happen, yet it did. He appeared to them as they were doing mundane things, such as standing around talking and even once as they were fishing.

John 21: 1-14 — Wondrous Father, You truly thought of everything when it comes to teaching me of Your faithfulness to take care of me and to ALWAYS be with me. As Your disciples sat exhausted and discouraged after a fruitless night of fishing, You appeared, performed the miracle of filling their nets with fish, and prepared breakfast for them. You had promised to return, and You did!

Thank You for the miracle of the fish and the fulfillment of your promise to return to your disciples. Thank You for such a vivid image of your presence in their lives and mine. Amen.

Ask yourself — Would such an experience help grow your faith in God? Allow the knowledge of such experiences to seep into your mind and heart. Did you know that Jesus appears to His disciples many other times before His final ascension? Take some time to read those accounts. Many Bible concordances and the YouVersion Bible app will refer you directly to them.

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Five: 

Most of us do not relish the idea of someone ALWAYS being with us. The very thought can produce anxiety in some people. We, generally speaking, like having a little personal space and time alone. Jesus told his disciples that He would always be with them, and that might be surprising to some to learn that they were happy to hear that news. First of all, Jesus does not possess all of the annoying habits we tend to have. Secondly, He offered those words as encouragement for the disciples, following the delivery of what is now commonly referred to as The Great Commission.

Matthew 28: 16-20 — Precious God, your plan for me to spread the Word of salvation throughout the entire world was recorded for all generations to read. Since the day of creation, You’ve made it clear that You’ll always be with me. You are present to guide, love, bless, and protect me as I live out The Great Commission, making disciples of all nations. Lord, I am to teach people of all nations to honor and glorify You by obeying You. I am to make disciples of others by loving them and teaching them of your mercy and grace and that You love them and will always be with them... to the very end of the age. Thank You! Thank You for the gift of your constant presence serving as my inner voice. Amen.

Ask yourself — Is The Great Commission something you have believed to be guidance only for Jesus’ disciples? Did you know that it is actually a life plan for each of us? Spend some time today reading and re-reading Matthew 28: 16-20. Try looking it up in various Bible translations. Read the words and take them to heart. Ask yourself, who is ‘my nation?’ A neighbor, a homeless person, a waitress, a refugee, someone I meet at the gym…? Ask, seek and respond to the Holy Spirit within you.

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Six:

“Love, love, love - love is all you need.” Those words sung originally by The Beatles may have been more insightful than most gave them credit for in the 1960’s. While the lyrics do not lead the listener to believe The Beatles were talking about God’s love, it sounds as if Lennon and McCartney knew of God’s promises and teachings and wanted their audiences to turn to God’s love rather than the hatred which led to the Vietnam War that was going on at the time the song was so popular.

1 John 4: 7-12 — Love comes from You, God. You’ve shown Your love for me since You created me. You sent Your Son and allowed Him to suffer on my behalf so that I may live with You forever. When I demonstrate my love by professing my belief in Your Son as my Savior, I get to experience a relationship with You. That relationship holds the promise of Your constant presence in me. That presence, the Holy Spirit, is there to counsel, help, convict, and comfort me. That is love! Amen.

Ask yourself — Do you know what true love is? The love that can only come from engaging in a relationship with God. According to dictionary.com, the very word relationship implies a connection. Are you connected to God?

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.


Day Seven: 

Prayer: Lord, help me recognize the abundant blessings, communal and intimate, physical and spiritual, every kind that I have received so that I might be impassioned with such appreciation that I am able to respond with total love and service. Amen.

Look over your notes and/or prayers from this past week. Did you have any “ah ha” moments? Do you feel like you’ve gained some insight to move you forward on your faith walk?

Did you ever feel like your heart skipped a few beats or beat a little faster than usual? That was probably Jesus saying, “I’m here and I always will be.”

Whatever this past week’s reading held for you, be still, reflect, and wait for The Holy Spirit to speak to you. He will!

Jesus is going to ALWAYS be with you.  AMEN.