Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 17th

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God With Us…He’s In Us! Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Matthew 1:18-25 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: when as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: and knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.” Joseph takes the stage today, and through his encounter with an angel, we learn a lot about Christ. You see, Joseph was stuck. No direction he could take seemed to be the right one. Even if he was angry with Mary, he was still concerned for her. A young, unmarried woman like Mary was in danger in their day. She could have been killed, and Joseph didn’t want that. So, he was going to divorce her “quietly.” Then the angel appeared, and just like Mary’s, Joseph’s plans changed.

Joseph was given courage because he was given a name. He was told to name the child Jesus, which is Greek for Joshua and means “the Lord saves.” He was also told that Jesus would be called Immanuel, which means “God with us.” If Joseph still feared to take Mary as his wife, God with him would take his fears away.

What does it mean to us that Jesus is Immanuel? For the people of Joseph’s day, it meant that God was walking right in the midst of them. For us, it means much more. 1 John 4:15 says, “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” Immanuel means He’s IN us! The God of the universe dwells in us. Imagine. Like Joseph, what have we to fear? “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” 2 Peter 1:3

Ezekiel 36:25-27 “Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Today, ask God to renew your spirit and cleanse your heart. If you never have, ask Him to live in you today. Pray that God’s spirit in you will move you to follow His ways for “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13. Ask him to work in you today.

 

 

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