Devotional December 19, 2018

Isaiah 7:14

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

I have experienced & witnessed so many miracles in eighteen months as a new believer.
I have experienced love of Jesus that resonates in my soul and awakens my spirit.
I have watched Jesus go before me and open doors I should never be allowed to enter.
In those times of great joy and praise I know God is with me! 
For myself this is Grace, the ability to have faith from seeing.

In the dark, within the enemies territory, it takes a mature faith. 
I have struggled to believe God could be with me in the darker days even as a believer.
As the enemy sends flaming arrows to destroy; God will resource the fire;
God lights a way to reveal a deeper truth within the darkness.
Over the past thirty-five weeks of ministry, I have experienced loss.
I have known great sorrow even after becoming a Christian.
Finding Emmanuel in those dark valleys has been the most powerful rebuke of the enemy.
The power of faith that will cause the Devil to run in fear.

It is the faith in Emmanuel (God with us).
Jesus came down to be born fully God and fully man to become God with us!

What can we fear when God is with us!

This season give praise to God for the greatest gift we could ever receive.
The kingdom of God is within you when you believe God is with you.

Luke 17:20
20 
Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”
22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them. 24 For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.

Believe in Jesus (God with us) in such a way that angels marvel and the devil is cast under foot. God with us is the everlasting truth that has set us free from bondage of sin. God with us is the wisdom of God that has empowered the broken to overcome and proclaim His glory.

God is with you! Know this truth in your heart, profess it with your mouth and you will cease to survive. You will live!
I pray for God to bless you with faith beyond sight, peace beyond measure, and restoring rest in this truth.

Blessings,
Shawn O’Donnell

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