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The Statement of Jesus in Matthew 18:20

Please read Vs. 19-20 and notice “There I am in the midst of them.” This is the simplest form of the local Church on earth, however the truth I want to emphasize is that Christ has promised His unseen but not unknown presence in our lives.
I preached this message on my 26th anniversary as pastor of Faith Independent Baptist here in Niceville, Florida. It explains how we have been able to stay this long and experience the blessings of God. Psalm 16:11 states, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy: at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” Everything about life that is eternal, joyful, pleasurable and worthwhile is resting on the presence of God in our lives! Please read 2 Cor. 6:16 and the great promise of God. “I will dwell in them, and walk in them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” “THERE I AM!”

Here are a few of the many examples in Scripture where God said, “I will be with thee.” Isaac in Gen. 26:3; Jacob in Gen. 31:3; Moses in Ex. 3:12; Joshua in 1:5; Gideon in Judges 6:16; Israel in Isa. 43:2 and us in Heb. 13:5.

Our whole life adventure gets it quality and quantity from the presence of the LORD in our lives! If you are not a Christian, He is not present in your life. That does not mean He doesn’t exist in your life, rather it means He is not the LORD of your life, your God, your goal, your guide. He is not walking in you, living in you, and possessing you as His for eternity.
Read these texts. Ex. 33:12-17; Psalm 31:19-20; Psalm 51:11. Can you say “God is with me?” Can you say, “There He is in my midst?” Do you know the Lord by experience, not just by name? Remember that in Matt. 7 they called Him “Lord, Lord”, but He said, “I never knew you. Depart from Me.” No matter where we go in life, the most important thing to know is that He is with us as Saviour. Can you say Gal. 2:20 is true of you? Does Christ live in you?

  1. Hagar was sent into the wilderness with Ishmael, Gen.21 But God was with her.
  2. Joseph was thrown into the well (pit), but God was with him. His life was one of divine providence and even the Egyptians saw the Hand of God on his life. Gen. 39:2,21
  3. Daniel was thrown into the den of lions (Dan. 6:16) yet even the king that commanded it said, “Thy God whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee.” In verse 20, early in the morning: “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest continually able to deliver thee…?” Verse 22, “My God hath sent His angel and hath shut the lion’s mouth…
  4. The three Hebrews were cast into the furnace in Dan. 3:17-25. Notice verse 25, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire…and the form of the forth is like the Son of God.

Friend, where you are in life doesn’t matter! What matters in life is, if you are saved, “There I am in the midst.
The wilderness, the well, the furnace or the den…Is Christ in the midst?
If you are a Christian, Jesus has promised you His constant, abiding presence.
If you are not a Christian, one day in the future you will be cast away from the presence of God! 2Th 1:9 “Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.

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