God Is Present
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God said, “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27 NIV
““This is the land you are to allot as an inheritance to the tribes of Israel, and these will be their portions,” declares the Sovereign Lord... the gates of the city will be named after the tribes of Israel... And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.”” Ezekiel 48:29, 31, 35 NIV
“Jehovah Shammah ”: The Lord Is There
Beneﬁt: I have God’s presence and power.
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life.” Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NIV
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth... Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” Genesis 1:1, 31 NLT
✓ God is omnipresent.
✓ God is omniscient.
✓ God is omnipotent.
“All the strength of Israel vanishes beneath his ﬁerce anger. The Lord has withdrawn his protection as the enemy attacks.” Lamentations 2:3 NLT
“God has allowed us to see what life without Him produces.”
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with conﬁdence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and ﬁnd grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16 NASB
✓ Jesus is sympathetic.
✓ Jesus is the standard.
✓ Jesus is salvation.
“Justice is getting what you deserve.” “Mercy is not getting what you deserve.” “Grace is getting what you don't deserve.”
“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly ﬁghting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selﬁsh ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and cruciﬁed them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.” Galatians 5:16-26 NLT
1. Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you Godly desires.
2. Embrace the character of the Holy Spirit.
3. Follow the Holy Spirit’s leading.
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT