May 26, 2020 His Presence Is Always With Us - Pat Ickes

Updated: Jun 3, 2020

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

We are in these days of uncertainty and this COVID virus that our scientists can't seem to understand. It has kept us apart from our church, our friends and families. Remember God has promised never to leave us or forsake us. We have His Word to encourage us and our phone and other means to stay connected.

Romans 8:39 (NIV) says, "Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

The government has closed our churches, but what they don't understand is that the "people of God" are the church, not the building. We can still worship God wherever we are. He is in our hearts, minds and spirit. We can encourage each other by different forms of media.

I haven't seen my husband since Easter except through the window when he was at Alta Mesa. But we have talked on the phone everyday and I know God is with us. My family has drawn closer to God and each other through this time.

Psalm 40:3a (NIV) says, "He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God."

These are songs in my mind almost constantly to keep my mind on Him. This year has been difficult, but "this too shall pass". He gives me strength to face each day and I praise His name for all He has brought us through as well as what is ahead.

Stay in His Word, keep others in your prayers, stay in touch however you can. God is with us.

One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV):

"God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea."

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)

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