Matthew 28:20b - Christ Our Constant Companion!

Matthew 28:20b: Christ Our Constant Companion!

Matthew 28:20b (NIRV) And you can be sure that I am always with 
you, to the very end. 


   If someone were to ask you what the greatest moment of your 
life has been, you might think of some great or exciting event. You 
might think of the day you were married or the birth of a child or 
graduating from college or the day you became aware of God. I would like to 
suggest that although these were great moments, they were not the 
greatest, because the greatest moment of your life is the present moment. 
This moment is where God is. He is the great "I Am." 
   We often live in the past or the future in our thinking, but 
I have discovered over the years that I miss most of my life if I 
don't devote myself to the present. I may go through the motions of 
the day, but I don't truly live it if I don't devote myself to what 
I am currently doing. 
   God is with us always. There is never one moment in our lives 
that He is not present, and yet we often feel alone. Don't waste your 
life looking for something that you already have. God is with you 
right now! Believe it and start to enjoy each moment. The present 
moment may not be perfect - it may even be painful - but recognizing 
that God is present with you will comfort and encourage you. It will 
strengthen you to do what needs to be done and go through the day with 
   Discovering God in the smallest details of your life is 
perhaps the greatest and most blessed thing you will ever do. It makes 
every moment that you live amazing and filled with wonder. You don't 
need to search for God any longer... He is in this moment! 
   Father, I am sorry that I have missed so many moments with 
You, but I ask You to help me live every moment that I have left in 
Your presence. Let me make every moment a special one, and help me 
always remember that You are with me always and You will never leave 
me! [My Time with God by Joyce Meyer] 


   Close your eyes (after you've finished reading this, of 
course). Picture Jesus sitting in front of you - His eyes looking gently 
into yours, His smile as encouraging and patient as you need it to 
be, His posture calm and unassuming. Hold this image on the screen 
of your mind as long as you'd like to. Then open your eyes and ask 
yourself, Was that an escape from reality or an escape into it?  
   That's just my imagination, you might think. It wasn't real. 
But consider this question: When are you closer to reality - when 
you're holding a picture of Jesus' Presence in your mind, or when you 
are going about your day, forgetting that He is with you? Never mind 
whether you got the details of His face right; that isn't the point. The 
point is that when you picture Him with you, you're holding on to 
biblical truth. And when you're busy and bogged down in the details of 
life without consciously thinking about Him, you've forgotten what's 
true. Your sanctified "imagination" is more in touch with reality than 
your preoccupied mind is.  
   You'll find that if you do this enough - if you get familiar 
enough with this Jesus - He will probably speak to you at some point. 
Those words, if consistent with Scripture, can be very real too. Sure, 
you'll want to measure them against His written Word and avoid making 
major decisions based solely on the voice you hear, but you can 
certainly hear His encouragement and love anytime you need to. He has 
promised to speak (John 16:13), and He has promised to be with you to the 
end of the age. Assuming and envisioning the truth of these words is 
the privilege of any child of His.  
   Thank you, Jesus, for being with me. Help me see You more 
clearly, hear You more certainly, and trust You more fully - in every 
moment of my life. [The One Year Experiencing Gods Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   John Hyde, the famous missionary to India known for his 
radical life of prayer, used to speak of his conversations with God as 
one would speak of conversations with any other person. He once came 
to a meeting claiming that he had been arguing with God the night 
before about whether to share some of God's dealings with him. On 
another occasion, he heard the lunch bell ring while he was in the 
prayer room and asked, "Father, is it Your will that I go?" After a 
moment of silence, he said, "Thank you," and rose to leave. He 
continued to converse with people while acknowledging often that God was 
very much a part of the conversation. The presence of God always 
seemed to him to be a tangible reality.  
   Many considered Hyde to be a little odd. Yet, in light of 
God's many promises never to leave us, Hyde seems to have been more in 
touch with reality than most of us are. We often have conversations 
about the subject of God, or His will, with little awareness that He 
is in the room. But not only is He in the room, He's in the hearts 
of those who believe in Jesus as their Savior. This may seem like 
an abstract principle to those who haven't cultivated a deeply 
personal relationship with God, but in fact the Spirit of our highly 
relational God is always available for conversation. He may not always stay 
on the topics we want to discuss, but He will commune with us in 
the depths of our spirits. He invites us to explore our fellowship 
with Him from every angle and at every level of our lives. He is with 
us not just to watch silently; He is actively with us to be deeply 
involved in our lives.  
   Jesus, You are with me even as I read this, even as I pray 
this prayer, and even as I think about all the truths You have 
revealed. My circumstances, my relationships, and my thoughts are all in 
plain sight to You. Teach me how to be a good conversationalist with 
You in every area of life. [The One Year Hearing His Voice 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 

   As a pastor, my heart is broken daily when I see God's people 
carrying heavy burdens and living under negative circumstances. After 
listening to their stories, I try to encourage them to stand firm in their 
faith and let Jesus help carry their burdens. They smile and nod, but 
I can see that too often they don't know where to start.  
   When this happens, I often share with them what I have 
learned from my own experience. I take a chapter of Scripture - for me, 
it is Psalm 119 - and then I begin by praying that Scripture back 
to the Lord as an act of worship. As I thank him for who he is and 
what he does, my belief in his promises and loving care are 
reaffirmed to my heart.  
   After we finish reading the Scripture, we continue to worship 
by thanking God for helping us, giving us his Word, walking with us 
through our circumstances, and helping us to carry our burdens. As we 
extol his greatness and thank him for the wisdom and knowledge he 
gives us each day, his peace flows over us.  
   The Bible is filled with praise for the Most High God. So 
let's dig in like hungry men and women who find themselves enjoying a 
great feast. Circumstances change and burdens become lighter as we 
feed on God's Word,  
   Heavenly Father, as I worship you, I believe that my 
confidence in your goodness will increase, and I will find rest and comfort 
in my time of need. In Jesus' name, Amen. [The Daniel Plan 365-Day 
Devotional re Mat. 28:20] 


   I am with you always. These were the last words I spoke 
before ascending into heaven. I continue to proclaim this promise to 
all who will listen. People respond to My continual Presence in 
various ways. Most Christians accept this teaching as truth but ignore 
it in their daily living. Some ill-taught or wounded believers fear 
(and may even resent) My awareness of all they do, say, and think. A 
few people center their lives around this glorious promise and find 
themselves blessed beyond all expectations. 
   When My Presence is the focal point of your consciousness, 
all the pieces of your life fall into place. As you gaze at Me 
through the eyes of your heart, you can see the world around you from My 
perspective. The fact that I am with you makes every moment of your life 
meaningful. (Mat. 28:20; Psa. 139:1-4) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am with you and for you, your constant Companion and 
Provider. The question is whether you are with Me and for Me. Though I 
never leave you, you can essentially, "leave" Me by ignoring Me: 
thinking or acting as if I am not with you. When you feel distance in our 
relationship, you know where the problem lies. My Love for you is constant; I 
am the same yesterday, today, and forever. It is you who change 
like shifting sand, letting circumstances toss you this way and that. 
   When you feel far from Me, whisper My Name. This simple act, 
done in childlike faith, opens your heart to My Presence. Speak to Me 
in love-tones; prepare to receive My Love, which flows eternally 
from the cross. I am delighted when you open yourself to My loving 
Presence. (Gen. 28:15; Rom. 8:31; Heb. 13:8) [Jesus Calling by Sarah 

I am always available to you. Once you have trusted Me as your 
Savior, I never distance Myself from you. Sometimes you may feel distant 
from Me. Recognize that as feeling; do not confuse it with reality. 
The Bible is full of My promises to be with you always. As I assured 
Jacob, when he was journeying away from home into unknown places, I am 
with you and will watch over you wherever you go. My last recorded 
promise to My followers was: Surely I am with you always, to the very 
end of the age. Let these assurances of My continual Presence fill 
you with Joy and Peace. No matter what you may lose in this life, 
you can never lose your relationship with Me. (Isaiah 54:10; Genesis 
28:15; Matthew 28:20) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Try to stay conscious of Me as you go step by step through 
this day. My Presence with you is both a promise and a protection. My 
final statement just before I ascended into heaven was: Surely I am 
with you always. That promise was for all of My followers, without 
   The promise of My Presence is a powerful protection. As you 
journey through your life, there are numerous pitfalls along the way. 
Many voices clamor for your attention, enticing you to go their way. 
A few steps away from your true path are pits of self-pity and 
despair, plateaus of pride and self-will. If you take your eyes off Me 
and follow another's way, you are in grave danger. Even well-meaning 
friends can lead you astray if you let them usurp My place in your life. 
The way to stay on the path of Life is to keep your focus on Me. 
Awareness of My Presence is your best protection. (Mat. 28:20; Heb. 12:1, 
2) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   I am Immanuel - God with you - and I am enough! When things 
in your life are flowing smoothly, it is easy to trust in My 
sufficiency. However, when you encounter rough patches - one after another 
after another - you may sometimes feel that My provision is 
inadequate. This is when your mind tends to go into high gear: obsessing 
about ways to make things better. There is nothing wrong with seeking 
solutions, but problem-solving can turn into an addiction: your mind 
spinning with so many plans and possibilities that you become confused 
and exhausted.  
   To protect yourself from this mental exhaustion, you need to 
remind yourself that I am with you always, taking care of you. It is 
possible to rejoice in Me - to proclaim My sufficiency - even during the 
most difficult times. This is a supernatural work, empowered by My 
Spirit who lives in you. It is also a decision that you make - day by 
day and moment by moment. Choose to be joyful in Me, your Savior, 
for I am indeed enough! (Mat. 1:21-23; 28:20; Hab. 3:17, 18) [Jesus 
Today by Sarah Young] 


   Whenever you look for Me, you will find Me. My promise to be 
with you always ensures that you never have to face anything alone. 
This promise is for everyone who has trusted Me as Savior. However, 
to reap the benefits of this amazing blessing, you must look for Me 
in the midst of your moments. This sounds like an easy thing to do, 
but it goes against the grain of the world, the flesh, and the 
   The evil one uses three Ds to keep you from finding Me: 
distractions, deception, and discouragement. The world abounds with things to 
distract you from Me, so don't be upset when you realize your mind has 
wandered. Just return to Me with a smile, and whisper My Name in loving 
contentment. Deception is one of Satan's favorite tactics, from the time of 
Adam and Eve onward. The best defense against the devil's deceptions 
is to study and absorb My Word. Discouragement knocks at the door 
of every human heart at times, but you can refuse to let it in. As 
you resist these tricky tactics and look for Me, you will find Me.  
   [Azariah] went out to meet King Asa as he was returning from 
battle. "Listen to me, Asa! Listen, armies of Judah and Benjamin!" he 
shouted. "The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! (2Ch. 
15:2; Mat. 28:19, 20; Gen. 3:13) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Christian hope is strongly linked to my Presence - which is 
with you now and throughout eternity. So the more aware you are of My 
Presence, the more hopeful you will feel. Even though you believe that I 
am with you always, there may be times when you feel distant from 
Me. This diminishes your hopefulness.  
   Do not hesitate to ask for My help. For instance, you can 
simply pray, "Jesus, keep me aware of You." This prayer is so short and 
simple that you can use it as often as needed. Sometimes you limp 
through a day feeling empty and alone. But I say to you at such times, 
You do not have because you do not ask.  
   Hoping in Me is the most realistic way to live because of who 
I am. Since I am the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, 
nothing can thwart My promises. As you marvel at how great, glorious, 
and trustworthy I am, your praises will fill you with hope - and 
with rich awareness of My Presence. (Psa. 42:5; Mat. 28:19, 20; Jam. 
4:2) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Thank Me throughout this day for My Presence and My Peace. 
These are gifts of supernatural proportions. Ever since the 
resurrection, I have comforted My followers with these messages: Peace be with 
you, and I am with you always. Listen as I offer you My Peace and 
Presence in full measure. The best way to receive these glorious gifts is 
to thank Me for them.  
   It is impossible to spend too much time thanking and praising 
Me. I created you first and foremost to glorify Me. Thanksgiving and 
praise put you in proper relationship with Me, opening the way for My 
riches to flow into you. As you thank Me for My Presence and Peace, you 
appropriate My richest gifts. (Luk. 24:36; Mat. 28:20; Heb. 13:15) [Jesus 
Calling by Sarah Young] 


   Wait a minute. Did Jesus really mean what He said? "I am with 
you always." Could He have possibly said it more clearly? The simple 
declarative sentence tells who ("I" = Jesus speaking), when ("am" = a 
statement of fact, right now), what ("with you"), and for how long 
("always" - there is never a time that isn't part of always). Read it 
again. This isn't a promise of "I will be with you always" sometime in 
the future. Nor is it a conditional promise: If you do this, then I 
will be with you always. It is simply a statement of fact now. "I am 
with you always? And if you read the rest of what Jesus said in that 
same breath, you learn that He reemphasizes or clarifies just how 
long His promise lasts. "I am with you always, to the very end of the 
age." Did you get that - to the very end. But wait, there is more. The 
preface to the statement is an assurance of the reality of the words 
that follow: "And surely." It is as if Jesus is saying, "You can 
believe this. Don't forget this. Pay attention now," The opening lets 
you know that what is to follow is important.  
   So the question I have to ask myself is: "Why don't I live my 
life, 24/7, as if I actually believe this?" Every day I do things that 
show my wife, my family, my community, that I simply don't believe.  
   For example, there was the time - lots of times, actually - 
that I was rude to my wife. I wouldn't have done that if my neighbor 
had been with me. And my Constant Companion has specifically asked 
me to love this woman - for Him. So why was I rude while He was 
there watching? What about the time I watched a movie on TV that I 
wouldn't want my own children seeing? Would I have kept watching knowing 
that Jesus was there at my side? Or when I didn't respond to the 
obvious need of the ashen-faced homeless guy who crossed my path? Would 
Jesus have made eye contact with him, looking on him with compassion, 
and at least touched him tenderly instead of avoiding eye contact 
and passing him by, as I did? One time I went out to eat with 
friends and simply ate way too much and spent all the time talking about 
my latest vacation and all the features of my next dream purchase. 
I can't believe that I didn't even introduce the Constant 
Companion at my side and talk about what He has done in my life. See what 
I mean? My life is evidence that I don't believe that simplest of 
declarative statements: "I am with you always?  
   Constant companion, forgive me for my unbelief. I choose now 
to believe. Help my unbelief. [God of Wonders by David Steen] 




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