Week 1: The Promise of Presence

If possible, gather your family and share this short devotion with one another.

This week we will be diving into the Promise of Presence. It has been said that the greatest promise of scriptures is simply, “I am with you!” Over and over in the story of God and His people, He reassured them in troubling times not with the promise of deliverance or the promise of supernatural intervention, but simply with the promise of His presence. God extends the same promise to us today. No matter what happens in this world and no matter how much uncertainty may exist, He is always with us. His presence is our greatest promise and in these times we must remind ourselves that we are never alone.

Jesus said, in Matthew 28:20, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.” Here, in His final moments on earth, Jesus was challenging His followers to take His message of hope, love and salvation to the world. He knew that they would face challenges as they began a brand new movement in their culture.

How do you imagine they felt in that moment as Jesus was about to leave them? If you answered scared and a little uncertain, you are probably spot on! In this current crisis we face, you can probably relate to those feelings. With uncertainty all around us, these words from Jesus should be especially comforting.

Reflect:
Take a few minutes and share how you have felt over the last few days. What emotions have been most prominent?

All of those feelings are normal and are common in crisis. We all battle feelings of fear, worry, uncertainty, and more. However, we do not have to let those feelings dominate our lives. Take those feelings of fear, worry, and uncertainty directly to the word of God and be reminded that even though we face times of great question, He has promised that He will always be with us no matter what we face.

Do:
Our words and our declarations have great power! Have everyone in your family group read Matthew 28:20 out loud and declare its truth. Walk the halls and rooms of your and declare that He is with you! No matter what fear and uncertainty may exist, you aren’t facing it alone!

Wrap Up:
Isn’t it encouraging to know that God is always with us? We especially need to be reminded during times of crisis that His presence is His most powerful promise. Keep this comforting assurance close to your mind and spirit throughout this week, and you will find great strength in His promise.

Video devotions

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 
Romans 8:35
 
Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ! In spite of the constant swirling of negative news, pummeling of fear, and the growing concerns in the world around us, we have this hope: NOTHING can separate us from the love of Christ.
Today, Pastor Ryan reminds us of that good news and also challenges us to examine how God desires to use this time.

POA kids

We hope you enjoyed the kids’ devotion on Tuesday! Today one of our POA Kids team members will teach your children how to make an exciting craft with a purpose…jokes included at no extra charge!
Click Here to download a PDF of this POA Kids Connection Devotion
Times like these also bring up worry, concern, and fear for our children. Taking a cue from the story of Josiah, our kids learned today that we can do difficult, scary, and brave things because God is With Us!
Take a moment, gather your children, and share this devotion with them.

Music devotions

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto
thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

God is very near and our reliance on and trust in Him are the source of our comfort and peace. The promise of scripture is that through our trust in and acknowledgment of Him, He will direct our very steps. It is comforting to know that our faithful God has the next step ready; we only have to trust and obey. In today’s Promise in Song, Leisha Parker takes us into worship and reminds us that it is, indeed, sweet to trust in Jesus and to trust Him with all we have.
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus' name
On Christ the solid rock I stand
All other ground is sinking sand

                       -Edward Mote

Join Sis. Mickey Mangun as she takes us through a journey of hope and promise in song. You will finish refreshed, strengthened, and ready to take on what the day brings next.


Thank you for joining us each day! We hope each word, each moment is cultivating hope and bringing a respite from the cares of the day. Take a moment and share this good news with your friends and family.

Blessings on you and your family; may you rest in the peace that comes from trusting wholly in Jesus!