There is a big theological term that speaks to the presence of God. That word is … omnipresence — God is present everywhere.
Omni is a Latin prefix meaning all or every. So placed before the word presence, it means that God is present everywhere. Omnipresence is an attribute that applies to no one but God.
What’s so amazing is that God is everywhere all of the time, and yet he is a very personal God who also is always with me.
Presence matters. There is great comfort in knowing that you are not alone. I hope you have fully embraced and accepted the fact that God is with you every moment of every day.
In Isaiah 41:10, God admonishes us not to fear because he has promised, “I am with you.” In Hebrews 13:5, God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
An awareness of God’s presence will make a big difference in the way that you live. We can accept God’s Word and get tuned into the fact that we are never alone.
God has given us His promise. He will never leave us or forsake us. Even the name “Immanuel” (See Matthew 1:23), which means “God with us,” is a reminder that we are never alone.
Jesus was God in the flesh. And there in a stable, for the first time in human history, God showed up. He was literally “with us” for the first time in a physical presence.
It was the miracle of the incarnation. The incarnation is a theological term that means God became flesh.
John spoke about the incarnation of Christ in the first chapter of his gospel. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then in John 1:14, it says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
God came to dwell among us for the very first time in the person of Jesus Christ. He wasn’t just on our side. He was with us. He was physically present in the person of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus gave His life on the cross, He was no longer here in a physical presence. But when the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, the omnipresence of God made it possible that God could be with us at all times, wherever we are, no matter what.
When we internalize that message, it will change the way we live.
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