This morning, I was studying Ezekiel 34:23-31 – I am teaching a Sunday School lesson on it in a couple of weeks. The lesson title is “God Promised to Be with Us.”
That promise is the biggest source of hope, strength, and encouragement in the whole bible. But the promise doesn’t help you if you don’t believe it!
God’s presence with believers gives us everything we need for a victorious life. In the Ezekiel passage alone, I counted over 23 promises God makes to His people. To name just a few, He promised:
Deliverance from enemies
Knowledge of Him
To break the yoke of bondage
Deliverance from fear
Deliverance from shame
Satisfaction from hunger
Showers of blessing
I think many of us don’t experience the reality of these promises because we prioritize seeking God’s hand rather than God’s face. That is, we only go to God when we are in trouble. We don’t experience the joy of His presence in our daily life – even in the smallest details.
So when trouble hits, we doubt that God is even there.
But he IS there. How do I know? Because He promised He would be! During times of doubt, don’t trust your feelings; trust your faith.
God promised in Ezekiel 34:29 that He would raise up a plant of renown for us. This prophecy was spoken over 500 years before Jesus Christ was even born!
When something is planted, that means it is fixed in place; its roots sink deep. In addition, renown means “The condition of being known or talked about by many people.”
God makes Himself known to us through Jesus. In fact, one of the names that describes him is “Immanuel” which according to Matthew 1:23 is translated “God with us.”
To get to know Jesus at a deeper level, I highly recommend that you start with the book of John in the bible. You will see clearly that all the promises of God are fulfilled in Him. And praise God in every situation because He lives in the praise of His people.
Whether you need rest, courage, strength, or deliverance from food addiction, be assured to know that God is with you and will keep every promise He makes.
Here is my prayer for you today, taken from 2 Peter 1:2-4:
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:2-4, New King James Version).”
Kimberly Taylor is a certified Christian life coach and has a heart to help others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She lost 85 pounds as a result of implementing techniques to overcome emotional eating and binge eating disorder.
Kim is the author of "The Take Back Your Temple Program," which teaches Christians how to take control of their weight God's way and the books "The Weight Loss Scriptures" and "The Weight Loss Prayers."
Kim has been featured in Prevention Magazine, Charisma Magazine and on CBN’s 'The 700 Club' television program.
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