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God With Us in the Valleys of Life

Matthew 1:23. Look! “The virgin will conceive a child! “She’ll give birth to a son, “they will call Him Immanuel, which means God is with us.” God With Us.

In the valleys there are often battles that took place.

  • Valleys were seasons of desperation.

  • Valleys were seasons of loneliness.

  • Valleys were also a time of growth.

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

Psalm 84:5–7 (ESV) Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion. 6 As they go through the Valley of Baca they make it a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; each one appears before God in Zion.

Truth: if you aren’t in Christ and thus know God intimately, then what you have, is all you have.

Truth: for those who are Christ followers, we believe and know that we have a strength that goes beyond just what we have. The strength of God the Holy Spirit who lives in us.

2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We were created by our God to depend on Him and to depend on others.

We may be in the valley, but we’re going to what was known as the City of Refuge or to the place that they call the place of peace.

“To get to the City of Refuge, you had to travel through the Valley of Tears.

What you think about matters so much.

Colossians 3:2 (ESV) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Where you are is one thing. What you think about is something else. What you think about matters.

Greater is the one who is in me than the one who is in this world.

We may be in the valley right now but the valley is not our destination. I’m just passing through.

Psalm 23. “Even though I walk, through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For thou art with me.”

God may show you that the way is through the valley, not out of the valley.

You dig a well. Which is a classic statement of the faith which dares to dig blessings out of hardships.

It’s almost as if God would say something like this. “You show me your faith, and I’ll show you my faithfulness.” If you dig it, I will fill it.

God never ever promised that you would never go through the valley. He promised you would never have to go through the valley alone.

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