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EXPECT GOD'S PRESENCE
IN TIMES OF DIFFICULTY

AS I WAS WITH . SO WILL I BE WITH YOU
Joshua 3:7

The word "sticketh" means to adhere to, to overtake, to catch by pursuit." Even when we are unbelieving declares the book of Timothy, He abides faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

It is because of this very faithfulness on the behalf of the one who loves us that we can face any difficulty no matter how painful, no matter what the cost. The Psalmist wrote, Yea thought I walk through the Valley of The Shadow of Death, I will fear no evil, FOR THOU ART WITH ME [Psa 23]

Think of the implications of this verse. There can be no shadow, where no light has been cast. Jesus is that light which illumines our path, yes, even in the darkest of times.

How many times have you said to yourself, "This is it, I can't take anymore, It's all over, I'm going down?" Know this, it's times like these that Jesus is the closest. The disciples found this to be true.

And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great storm of wind arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith? Mark 4

JESUS IS WITH US IN THE MIDST OF OUR DIFFICULTIES!

God is our refuge an ever-present help in time of need. Psa 46:1 The words "present" and "help", mean to; "come forth, to give assistance, to join in helping, to stand by, to be at hand." This is what is meant in Prov. 17:17
A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.


WOW!, How wonderful, how powerful, how liberating, Jesus himself, coming forth to stand by us, to be at hand, to join in helping us in our time of need. This brings to my mind two instances that occurred in the Bible where Jesus shows up "Big-Time" for His loved ones. Allow me to share them with you.

The fist instance is recorded in Daniel Chapter 3 where Jesus shows up at the Defense of the three Hebrews.

And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?" They answered the king, "True, O king." He answered, "But I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a Son of God.

Can you imagine the scene, Jesus himself showing up to assist, to be at the side of these three Hebrews? I can't think of any thing more intense, but the safest place these men could be at the time was with Jesus, in the fire [trial].

Do you understand the implication and impact this can have on your life? The second instance I would like to share with you comes from Acts chapter 4 at where Jesus shows up at the Defense of Stephen.

Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth against him. But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; and he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God." But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together upon him. Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

To understand the significance of what happened in this passage you need to hear Jesus own words as recorded in Matt 26:64; "I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power." But what did Stephen say he saw? "I see the Son of man, AND HE IS STANDING at the right hand of God." That word "standing" in the Greek means; "to stand by." Some actually suggest that as Jesus was standing there, ready to receive Stephen into Glory, He was applauding him for a job well done.

So when danger tries to rob you of you hope, look heavenward. God will never disappoint you. We are instructed in the book of Hebrews [Ch 4] Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Just as God was with the three Hebrews, Moses, Joshua,
the Disciples, and Stephen, SO HE WILL BE WITH YOU.

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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