The Promise of Personal Presence (1 of 2) by David Cawston

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The Promise of Personal Presence
Promises that Transform
David Cawston
Matthew 28:19-20

The second greatest promise that God has for us after salvation is the promise of His presence.

No one was more keenly aware of this fact than Moses Himself.

Israel had sinned! They had worshipped a Golden calf. They wanted a tangible God.

Israel wanted something that they could see.
His presence is the most significant thing that we can ask for.

It is amazing how we so often settle for things that we can see as a substitute for the presence of God. The things that we can see have no power or hope in our life. But nevertheless we think if we can see it, it is real and can help. That proves how deceived we really are.

God was testing Moses to see if His presence was really important. God had offered to send His Angel before them, instead of Himself.
Exod 33:1-3
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, 'I will give it to your descendants.'
2 I will send an angel before you and drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.
3 Go up to the land flowing with milk and honey. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way."NIV)

But Moses pleaded with God for he had come to realize that the presence of God was more important than anything. This was a real change in his life since last weeks devotional when he was arguing with God about His choice of his leadership. God responded with Exodus
Exod 33:10-17
10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to his tent.

11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nu ...

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