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Wanting His presence more…

Exodus 33:15 says, "Then Moses said to him,'If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.'"

Recently I preached a sermon about God's presence in our lives.  Moses was an incredible man of God.  Sure, he made quite a few mistakes, but he surrendered to God and walked with him daily.  God gave him wisdom.  In Exodus 33, God told Moses to take the people into the promise land; however, God told Moses that He would not go with them because they were a stiff-necked people and He might destroy them along the way.  Moses was faced with a choice: does he take the blessing of God or does he take the presence of God?  Many times we pray for God's blessings, and I am not saying that we shouldn't pray for God's blessings.  I, too, pray that God would bless my life.  I pray that He would bless my family in every area.  But if we are not careful, we can become a people who want the blessing more than the Blesser.  After hearing God's words, Moses pleaded with Him.  He didn't want to go to the promise land if God didn't go with them.  He was willing to stay in the desert with God rather than live in the promise land without Him.  Moses wanted God's presence more than He wanted God's blessing.  Wow!  I want to be in that place.  I want to be in the place where I can truly say I want the Blesser more than I want His blessing.  What about you?  His blessing or His presence?

5 thoughts on “Wanting His presence more…

  1. Heather Box

    Id rather live in the desert instead of the promised land too if i had to live with all of the whining & needy people Moses had to deal with day to day. Makes you think about people who can live with very little & be happy vs people who have it all & never satisfied.

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  2. Will Rolfe

    I saw on facebook that you have this blog, and I really appreciate how you plan to use it to share your walk. Having seen the level of nominalism in our church-culture, we are perhaps in the greatest danger of desiring blessing over the presence. We are comfortable with God on our side...just as long as we can keep things our way. In the end...after a long look at the sinfulness that resides in my own heart, I cannot help but realize how much more of the presence(via the Spirit) I need on a minute by minute basis. Keep the posts coming, they are a blessing. ps, When we come though Louisiana my wife and I might swing by to hear an old teacher preach.

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    1. Jeff

      Thanks, Will! I would love to see you guys. You know you are welcome here anytime! Praying that God bless you and use to further His kingdom.

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  3. Kelsea Bolton

    I really have enjoyed getting emails daily and look forward to reading them since I subscribed. Thank you for your daily devotions 🙂

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    1. Jeff

      Thanks, Kelsea! I learn so much from God's Word, and He teaches me so many things in life. I am happy that I can encourage others through it all:) Pass the word along to your friends and family...everyone could use a little encouragement:)

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