10.27.2014   Live in God’s Presence

Exodus 3:10-14   (NIV) 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

12 And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Hallowed be Thy Name...on earth as it is in heaven.

Hallowed means to be consecrated, sacred, revered, and to hold as holy. We should stand in awe of God's perfectness and His goodness.  We need to glorify, magnify and adore our Lord.

In the passage reading for today God has been talking to Moses from the burning bush.  In verse five God told Moses the place he was standing was Holy ground.  God told Moses He had chosen him to lead the Israelites out of their oppression and out of Egypt.  Moses objected and said "Who am I that I should go?"  God told Moses that He would be with him. Then Moses asked God what he should tell the people His name was.   God replied; tell them “I AM WHO I AM”. Tell them "I AM has sent me to you."

The Hebrew word for I AM is Yahweh. In the Bible a name usually reveals some specific truth about a person. The name I AM indicates who God is.  He is complete, holy, unchangeable, perfect in every way, and eternal.  He is completely self-existent, incomprehensible, creator, and faithful to all of his promises. He is Almighty God, my Lord, and my King.  The Jews considered this name so holy that even to pronounce it reverently was considered blasphemy.

Since God is unchanging, He is the same yesterday today and forever, we serve the same God as Moses did.  I cannot comprehend God, but I can believe that God is who He says He is. He has endless resources and everything I am and all that I have comes from the Lord.

Earlier this year I decided to try to live with the conscious awareness that God was always with me. God is always with me, however, I don't always live and make my choices as if I was conscious of that. Yesterday I was reminded of that when Pastor Delton asked "Would I act the way I act if I was always aware of God's presence?"

What does it look like live in God’s presence?  In God’s presence there is love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and peace.  In God’s presence my focus changes from me centered to God centered.  The troubles that I have look different and my heart finds rest and peace.

When He calls me to do a job He is always with me. He provides all I need to do the job He called me to.  He did for Moses and He will for me. Will I trust him?  Will I obey and do what He's asked me to do? Will I follow Him?  I want to live my life to glorify my God because He is worthy of all of my worship and all of my praise and of all of my obedience.  As we sang in one of our songs yesterday we need to set our eyes on God so we can set our hearts on Him.  I need to keep my focus on the constant presence of God in my life.

Every day, one day at a time, I'm going to turn my focus to God and consciously live in His presence.

Will you join me?