In the beginning days, God always talked only to a few people. He guided and promised to a few people. The word of God was revealed only to certain prophets. God promised that He was with them to particular person and made covenant with:
- Moses (Genesis 17:4 – As for me, this is my covenant with you…)
- Isaac (Genesis 26:3 – …I will be with you, and will bless you…)
- Jacob (Genesis 28:15 – Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…)
- Moses (Exodus 3:12 – I will be with you…)
- Joshua (Joshua 1:5 – As I was with Moses, so I will be with you…)
- Gideon (Judges 6:16 – …I will be with you…)
But once Jesus came into the world as prophesied by Isiah,
“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,”
which means, “God is with us.” (Matthew 1:23)
Now, God is not just promising to a single person, but to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name (John 1:12 The Amplified Bible) and he promised that he will be with them all.
We were all sinners by birth; for just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19). Yes! Jesus died for us. Believing in Him, His resurrection and accepting him as our personal savior, can receive the blessings. As promised, He is with us all, not talking with just a single person!
If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
God also says, “I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from among you (Joshua 7:12 AMP)”.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven… I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.’” (Matthew 7:21,23)
When we have something in us that is not pleasing to God, then he cannot reside inside us until we throw out them from us. It can be a character, activity or a thing. Whatever is not desirable to God, that shouldn’t be within us. When we are not ready to do his will anymore and want to lean on our own understanding, then Jesus will not feel ashamed to betray us before Father.
Do his will, have what is needed for us to make God reside in us, then HE WILL BE WITH US!