12-2-18 Message Notes “God With Us Part 1”

Pastor Greg Beatty

 

Title: “God with us…In the Valley”

 

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

 

“Valley” = place of battle, danger, fear, loneliness, desperation and uncertainty.

 

  • We may enjoy God on the mountaintops but we get to know Him intimately in the valleys.

 

Psalm 84:5-7 “Blessed are those whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.  As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.  They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”

 

  • The valley is often the pathway to the place of peace.

 

Psalm 84:5 “What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.” (NLT)

 

  • The valley is not the destination. You are just passing through.

 

Psalm 84:6 “As they pass through the Valley of Baka, they make it a place of springs…”

 

  • You never go through the valley alone!

 

Psalm 84:7 “They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”

 

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for You are with me…”

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