Matthew 1:23 (NLT)
Christmas is in the rearview mirror.
The tree has been hauled away and the decorations packed in boxes. Returns have been made and gifts are being enjoyed. December bedlam has settled into winter calm. We can breathe again and relax.
But Christmas isn’t over.
Christmas celebrates the birth of Emmanuel. It’s the beginning of God with us. That never ends. Jesus entered our world to live among us. Christmas, Emmanuel, God with us, is never over.
Sunday school lessons teach that Jesus lives in our hearts. That’s a beautifully simple way to explain how the Holy Spirit lives in us. Jesus was physically God with us. The Holy Spirit is the way He is with us now.
God’s presence with us should transform our lives.
We should see the people as God sees them.We should approach situations with Jesus’ kind of love.
We should have peace instead of anxiety by trusting God’s divine plan.
We should shed fear and act boldly in following God’s direction.
But does His presence change our lives?
Christmas is over, but Jesus is still with us. Are we with Him? (tweet this)
The first step to transformation is spending time in His presence. He listens when we pray. He speaks to us through scripture. He is available and waiting for us to make time for Him.
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