Part 3
Hope of Gods presence

Hope = a strong and confident expectation.

Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”[a] (which means “God with us&rdquoWinking.
Christmas is not about presents it’s about presence.

Because God is with us we can have…

  1. A help when I’m in trouble.

Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,”

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

2. A friend when I am lonely.

2 Timothy 4:16-17 “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me…

verse 17 “the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength”

Hebrews 13:5-6 “God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

Matthew 28:20 “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

3. A guide when I am lost.

Isaiah 30:21 “ Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

Joshua 3:4 “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before.”

How do we make sure we are experiencing the presence of God on a daily basis?

1. Be aware.

Genesis 28:17 “Surely the presence of the Lord was in the place and I did not know it.”

2. Be alone

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.”

3. Be aligned

Matthew 18:19:20 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

James 4:8
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”