The Name of God @ Christmas

The Name of God @ Christmas

Isaiah 7:14 & Matthew 1:23 – Immanuel – means God With Us…This name of God represents the Presence of the Lord…
1. THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF CHRISTIANITY IS JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF – Philippians 3:10
-we need to be after Him
-do not get off track or distracted – it is all about Immanuel
2. WE ARE NEVER OUT OF GOD’S PRESENCE – Psalm 139:7-10
Immanuel – God With Us – speaks of a heightened awareness of God’s presence
4 Levels of God’s Presence
a. Omnipresence – God is everywhere – RECOGNIZE it
-no one can get away from the presence of the Lord
-do not go by feelings or emotions
b. The Abiding Presence Of The Lord – John 14:16-17
deism – believes in God, but that is a distant God and not involved in the affairs of humanity
***But our God is everywhere and involved with each person
c. The Manifest Presence of the Lord
-this is the presence of God that you can feel, touch and see affects of it being present
d. The Heavenly Presence Of God – Matthew 6:9-13
-this is the presence of God in heaven
-we can have that kind of presence here on earth – the Lord’s prayer
3. THE PRESENCE OF GOD DOES NOT ELIMINATE PRESSURE, TRIALS, OR DIFFICULT TIMES IN OUR LIVES – ISAIAH 43:2-3A
-DISRUPTIVE MOMENTS – will come to all of us – no exemptions
-walk by faith…Trust in the Lord…Have Faith in God – have a REAL FAITH…
What is REAL FAITH?
     1. REAL FAITH MAKES A VERBAL DECLARATION
-this declaration is based on the Word of God
-Paul in 2 Timothy 4:15-18 – Paul was not feeling anything, but still declared the Word of God
2. REAL FAITH IS BASED ON GOD’S TRACK RECORD – Lamentations 3:22-24
-look at the Lord’s track record in your life…in the Bible
3. REAL FAITH BELIEVES WHEN IT SEEMS GOD IS NOT MOVING – Hebrews 11:1
-the Lord is always moving
-it is easy to have faith when we see things happening
-we need to have the same level of faith when we do no see God moving