Exodus 33:14 NKJV – Show me your way

And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Moses pleaded with God. Moses said to God to not bring them out, off of the mountain if God’s presence would not go with them. And God went with Moses. Even now, God goes with us as well. When we feel we need the power and the presence of God, God still says, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” When God turns His presence toward His children it is to offer us His grace and help; and to seek the favor of God is to seek His presence. Sometimes we use the phrase, “Seek the face of God”. It’s the same thing.

But let me offer this challenge. Sometimes we find that seeking the presence or the face of God is limited to the situation or circumstance we are facing. But God’s desire is that we seek His presence every minute of our lives. It’s God’s desire that we walk in His presence all the time. And when we seek the presence of God, God opens up the promises of His Word:

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)

“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56 NKJV)

God has promised to never leave us. “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5 NKJV) So if we believe the promises of God in His Word, than why do we fail sometimes to seek the continual presence of God in everything we do? To walk with Him. To follow His direction. Answer? We are human and our life in Christ is a process. We think our ways are better or should I say we want to have control. God desires us to be with Him and have fellowship with Him. That is why prayer and the study of God’s Word is so important. They are means by which we have fellowship with God and when we have fellowship with Him, we will get to know Him and we will know the way in which we should go.

Prayer: We must be persistent in prayer. We must seek God day and night in prayer. “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice.” (Psalm 55:17 NKJV) Let me put it to you this way. We must have an attitude for prayer. We must be mindful of God in everything we do and keep Him close in our thoughts, our actions, our speech, and our interactions with others. Prayer may be just a few words for a friend or loved one who has asked you to pray. Or prayer may be a time we set aside in daily fellowship with God to petition, to intercede, and most important, to listen to Him.

Study of God’s Word: God’s guidance comes to those who genuinely seek it. And Scripture is the source of God’s guidance. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105 NKJV) That is why the study of God’s Word is so important. You will grow in your knowledge of God through the study of God’s Word. God will reveal Himself through His Word and He will provide insight to guide us.

Friend, I’ve written many times about the importance of having a close, intimate relationship with God through prayer and the study of His Word. Recently, this subject has laid heavy on my heart. There are so many people requesting prayer, seeking others to pray with them, or simply facing so much that they have cried out to God for help. Moses said to God to not bring them off the mountain if God would not go with them. Moses knew He needed the presence of God to be his guide and to show the rest of the land that God was with them. And God promised to be with Moses and to give him rest.

What are you facing? What are you needing God’s presence in? Do you desire to be in God’s presence all of the time? Do you want others to see that God is with you? Only you know the answers to these questions. Let me encourage you to begin with prayer. Let your heart open up to God and tell Him your deepest desires. If you earnestly seek Him you will find Him. “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.’ (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJV)

Dear God, thank You that You are always with us. Thank You that if we seek You with all of our heart, we will find You. God, I seek You as Moses did and will not move until I feel and experience Your presence. Hear my prayers God and guide me as I call upon Your Name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

 

Psalm 90:17 NKJV – Your presence is all we need

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.

The beauty of the Lord encompasses so many things. He is glorious. He is matchless. He is wonderful. He is all loving. He is Almighty. In the midst of life, in wilderness or not, it’s the blessing of God’s own presence which gives meaning and joy. When we are wandering in the wilderness of life, we may not leave any monuments or boast to any of our own accomplishments, but God will give eternal significance to the deeds of hands that serve Him. It is God that establishes the work of our hands. It is God who receives the glory.

There are times when we just “keep on keepin on” because we are called by God to live out His will in our lives. We press in when it gets tough. We labor in the face of discouragement. We endure the hardships. The reason? It’s all about Jesus. God gave His all for us. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV) Now we give our all for Him.

An essential part in the life of believers is more than a matter of external observance. It’s more than a matter of what other people will observe, but it’s a total commitment to God. We serve because He served. We love because He is love. We give because He gave. We submit because He submitted. We press in toward the goal because He established our prize. We give our all because He is our all in all. And if others see our service as being different, or see us as “peculiar”, than glory to God. Pleasing God involves inward attitudes, not simply external observance. “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.” (Romans 14:17-18 NKJV)

The beauty of all of this comes from the eternal and everlasting desire for God to spend eternity with His creation. His desire to be with us has never changed. His gift to us, Jesus, opened the gateway to God’s presence. Jesus Christ is the way to engage God’s Holy presence. Jesus Christ is the way to eternal life. Jesus Christ was given to us because God loved us first. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19 NKJV) And when we accept Jesus Christ into our lives, God continues with His promise to establish the work of our hands.

No matter what we may face, no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, no matter the time or the day, no matter how severe our situation is, as believers, God will establish the work of our hands. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10 NKJV) And if we keep our eyes on God and if what we accomplish by the hand of God touches someone else’s life, than Praise God!

Friend, join me today in prayer, thanking God for His work in us. Thank God that He prepared beforehand the good works we would do. Thank God that He establishes our way for His purpose and His glory. And thank God for giving us His Son, Jesus, as our gateway to His glory.

Precious and eternal God. Thank You that since the beginning of time You desired to spend eternity with Your creation. Thank You that You establish the work of our hands. Keep us Lord as we serve You. Strengthen us with Your mighty hand. Restore us Lord when we become weary. Thank You God that You gave Your all for us, Your Son Jesus, so that we can receive Your greatest gift. May all we say and do give glory to Your name. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Matthew 5:14 NKJV – Walk in the light

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

Scripture often uses light as a symbol of the people of God, and especially the manner in which believers are able to reflect the glory of God in a dark world of sin.  God is the source of the light.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1 NKJV)

Believers are called to live in His light. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NKJV) We are able to walk in the light of Jesus because of the shedding of the blood of Christ; His voluntary substitutionary sacrifice that paid in full God’s penalty for sin.

It is important that believers bear witness to Jesus Christ in the world.  The world needs to see the light of Christ in us.  The world needs to see that believers are different; that we are set apart and carry with us the love of Christ who gave His life for us.  It’s important to remember, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8 NKJV)

Jesus Christ’s total giving of Himself, shown supremely in His obedient suffering and death on the cross, reveals God’s amazing love for sinners.  And the world needs to see the love of Christ in us in order to push back the darkness of the world so that the light of Christ is illuminated.  I know and have known people of faith that when they enter a room, the light of Jesus Christ causes everyone to stop.  My eyes are immediately fixed upon them.  They walk in the fullness of God’s light.

Friend, the power and the fullness of God rests in all of us as believers.  We possess the light of Jesus Christ and God desires that this light shine brightly.  The responsibility of every believer is to represent Jesus Christ in the world.  So in our times of prayer and intimacy with God, let’s seek ways for the light of Jesus Christ to shine brightly in our lives.  Let’s ask God to show us where His light can touch others around us.  Let’s ask God to guide us to those who He desires for the love and the light of Jesus to impact them.  Let’s ask God to fill our days with opportunities to demonstrate that Jesus is alive in us and we are a city that is set on a hill that cannot be hidden.

Dear Lord, thank You that Your light pushes back the darkness of this world.  Thank You that You gave Your life for us so that we too can carry that light in our lives.  Lord, we pray that Your light would shine brightly in us and touch a world.  Open opportunities for us to reach those who are lost.  May Your love and light catch their attention.  May we be obedient and share Your love and light with them.  Help us to always walk in the light as You are in the light.  In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!