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GOD'S PRESENCE WITH US---OUR ONLY PEACE AND REST
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Jesse M. Hendley
Now if you have your Bibles, friends, turn with me
to Exodus 33:14 and we want to speak to you today on
the subject, "God's Presence Within Us, Our Only
Rest and Peace." The only rest and peace for the
human heart is God's Presence within our hearts and
lives, God's literal Presence, and the consciousness
of His Presence.
We read in Exodus 33:14, "And God said to Moses, My
presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee
rest." So we have for our message today, "God's
Presence, Our Guarantee of Rest."
Notice, REST of God is a gift. It is something God
must GIVE us. It is something we cannot buy. We are
not worthy of it. We cannot earn it. We cannot work
it up. It is a GIFT. You do not earn a gift; you do
not buy a gift. You can only receive a gift!
Notice again, it is a gift not given apart from
Himself. "My PRESENCE shall go with thee." Any man
who thinks he has rest apart from the presence of
God is deluded, because there is no true rest apart
from God's presence. God's presence alone can bring
Notice, He goes with His people. "My presence shall
GO WITH thee." Moses, a man who loved God with all
his heart, responded to God and obeyed God in
whatever God told him to do. He was a man sold out
to God. He sought God with all his heart.
Surely today the greatest gift a human being can
have is rest and peace from God. There is no gift
comparable to this, and a person who does not have
this gift from God is unspeakably poor, whatever
other gifts he may receive. From this passage we
know that God does give rest to those who receive
HIM into their hearts and lives. "My presence shall
go with thee, and I will give thee rest." God's
presence and rest go along together! God never gives
rest apart from the Gift of Himself. He gives
Himself, and WITH Himself comes rest.
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