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Who Do You Say That I Am? #4 Immanuel

Who Do You Say That I Am? #4 Immanuel


“He will be called Immanuel, meaning God with us.” It’s a line from the Christmas story telling us another characteristic of Jesus. He is God with us. He was God with us when He walked the earth in the flesh and He is God with us now as He lives in the hearts of all believers. The image today represents Christ indwelling the hearts of man kind. He is still Immanuel, still God with us and in His Word He promised that He would be with us always. Does He live in your heart? If not ask Him to come in today. He’s waiting for your invitation.



My church is doing the First Place 4 Health Program (biblical health and fitness). Last night we were looking at our bodies as the Temple of the Holy Spirit. One of the passages we looked at was Psalm 139:13 and 14 which speaks of us being fearfully and wonderfully made. The question was asked about the systems of our bodies that we find amazing. My answer was everything.

From the very beginning of life, conception where two cells come together to create a living breathing person nine months later, to our brains capable of storing every piece of information our senses absorb to the senses themselves. 60,000,000,000 fingerprints, no two alike. Hearts that keep perfect rhythm. Our bodies turn food into energy, the body; natural abilities to cure itself and on and on and on.

When I contemplate all the things that Lord has done in making each of us, it reminds me of a few things.
1. The vast majority of humans see themselves in one of two ways and both of them are false. They either see their value as incredibly low, which is wrong because in addition to all this evidence, Christ gave His life for you, or they severely overvalue themselves. “Look at all the great stuff I’ve done.” we may accomplish great things but without God we can do nothing. Looking at ourselves honestly allows us to see the awesome things God has done just to give us life.
2. When we are given the privilege of creating we are being given the privilege of experiencing just a taste of what God experiences.
3. I’m convinced we miss so many miracles every day. That each of us exist is in itself a miracle. Life is a blessing I am honored to receive and the best thing I can do is make the most of it.
4. I’m not a fan of evolutionary thinking. This is not a scientific thing for me so much as it is that I can’t look at myself or anyone else and think they are the result of random chance. I refuse to see my neighbor as a naked ape. To do that removes the expectation of greatness. Where there is purpose, there is hope. I choose to believe that I was created on purpose, with a purpose and because of that I choose to live on purpose. Further I believe that of everyone around me which gives me hope for humanity, not because my hope is in humanity, my hope is in the creator who creates on purpose.

At the end of the day it all comes down to this. Your Creator is good and He created you on purpose for something good. From there it comes down to a choice and the choice is largely ours. Will you find and embrace your created purpose and live on purpose for your creator?

Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Judges 17,18, Psalm 38
You can also download your own chart here.



I love doing art ministry workshops but there is one thing that always drives me a little crazy. I have to spend so much time telling people they can do art. Maybe they got a bad grade or someone told them they had no talent and they gave up. They tell me they can’t draw a straight line or a stick figure. They say they don’t have a creative bone in their bodies. The first one light be possible but the second is certainly a lie. I’m not saying you will be a professional artist or that you’ll ever sell a painting or hang one in a gallery or a museum, but I will tell you this, you can do what God is calling you to do. So if you have an image in your head that you think might be from God, stop worrying about what the nay sayers or the critics or even your loved ones will say. Pick a medium and create that image. Do what you feel God is leading you to so.

He may have given it to you to show you something very personal or it ,may have been give to share with the world. It may bless millions or speak to one heart. Don’t worry about all that stuff now just be obedient and express it. The obedience is up to you, everything else is up to God.
This doesn’t just apply to art. We all face areas of life where we feel insufficient. These are the times when the little voice comes into your head and tells you you’re not good or smart enough or just not enough in general. Do yourself a favor. Don’t listen to that voice. The truth is you are not enough and neither am I but that’s okay because you are not alone, God is with you and God is enough. You can do whatever God wants you to do, because He will do it through you.
You can do it!

I’ve needed to be reminded of this myself recently. It appears the job that I have had for the last 11 years will soon be going to part time and this gives me a good deal of fear. On one hand the job is what I have used to support a good part of my ministyr not to mention my family. On the other hand, I have this vision from God to use my creative gifts to share the love of Jesus Christ with people and to go into the church and encourage and empower people to use their gifts to serve the Lord. It’s my dream, my vision and my calling, so what do I do. Well I can listen to the voice that tells me I can’t, that it doesn’t make sense or I can trust the One who called me in the first place. I choose to do that and say, through His power, “I CAN.”

If you have a church or ministry who you believe might be able to benefit from what I do, please contact me at amokarts@aol.com

Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Job 38-40; Matthew 1
You can also download your own chart here.