GOD'S EVER PRESENT HELP
I want to share with us about God's ever present help. When we say that God is present, we mean that He is existing now with us. As born again Christians, the presence of God is with us always. This is a timeless reality in a deeper sense than simply by virtue of God's omnipresence. The Lord is actively present with every Christian, and He can never withdraw His help from us.
Reference: Psalm 46:1 English Standard Version (ESV) 'God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.'
All over the Scriptures, God reveals His nature to us through His Names. Some of them are Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our banner; Jehovah Rapha, the Lord our healer. Others are Jehovah Tsidkenu, the Lord our righteousness and Jehovah Jireh, the Lord will supply. God's very present help is also associated with His Name, Jehovah Shammah, the Lord is here.
When God called Moses to lead His people out of bondage, He gave him a fresh revelation of one of His Names to equip, empower and strengthen him for the journey of victory. In the Bible, Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am." This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:13-14 NIV).
No matter what the situation is, the wisdom you need to face it is, 'God is the I Am'. 2 Chronicles 26:15 (GNT) talked about King Uzziah, the king of Judah, whose fame spread everywhere and he became very powerful because of the help he received from God. This is because He was a King who recognised that God was always with him. Beloved, God is not the I was; He is ever present. I Am - is a present moment reality. We all have what is known as yesterday and tomorrow, but God doesn't have any yesterday or tomorrow. He functions beyond the time realm. God didn't begin to exist one day and He will never go out of existence someday. God is always the God of 'now'. So He is our ever-present Father. He is always here - Jehovah Shammah!
In the New Testament, God the Father sent His Son, Jesus as the Messiah. He came to mankind and became our help, our hope, our peace, our joy unspeakable, full of glory. Hebrews 4:14,16 (ESV) says, "Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession...Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." Whatever the need is, hold fast to your faith-filled confession as you approach the throne of grace with confidence.
Most importantly, as born again Christians, we have God's Indwelling presence, which means that our very present help is within. A few days before Jesus was crucified, he had a long conversation with His disciples detailed in John 14-16. He encouraged them with the news that although He was leaving them physically, he was not going to leave them all alone. In John 16:7 (NIV), Jesus says, 'Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.' And you know what? Jesus fulfilled this promise and we are the beneficiaries today. By building ourselves up in our most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit often, God's ever present help in every situation becomes evident, accessible and manifested (Jude 20 NIV).
Scripture Reading - Deuteronomy 4:7; Proverbs 3:5-6; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 121:1; Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 63:7.
Exuberant Declaration: The basis of God's commitment as my ever present help is Christ in me, the hope of glory. His favour is well directed toward me all the way. Therefore, God's Indwelling presence is my realistic perspective; it guarantees my provision, good health, abundance, all-round success and unlimited prosperity. In every situation, I sustain a positive outlook on life and I hang my faith on the finished work of Christ and the abundance of grace I've received. Glory to God!