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GOD'S PRESENCE WITH US---OUR ONLY PEACE AND REST
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Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles you may turn
with me, please, to Exodus 33 and we are studying an
important passage here. God's PRESENCE and His
wonderful gift of REST, God's presence bringing rest
into our hearts and lives.
You know, we've learned two things here. The first
is that God's PHYSICAL presence always brings FEAR,
the limited vision of God. But, second, His
SPIRITUAL presence always brings rest and peace. And
the only way we can have rest and peace is, first,
to let God come into our hearts which He does only
as we receive His Son. We cannot reject Jesus and
have God. Nobody can; you can't, I can't. If you
want God's presence and God's rest (which is the
only rest) you must have JESUS. You cannot kick my
son around and reject him and expect ME to come
along with you, because I wouldn't be interested in
anyone who would turn their back on my son or
dishonor my son. So you must receive JESUS. Then,
the second thing, when you HAVE received Jesus,
EVERYDAY TAKE TIME to begin the day with God. You
say, "I get up early in the morning, preacher."
Well, your whole day will be different if you will
make this the most vital time of your day, the most
important part of your day. You can take twenty
minutes, anyway (most of us can take at least
thirty) ALONE with GOD. It would be well also to
close the day with the Lord. His spiritual presence
brings peace. "My presence shall go with thee, and I
will give thee rest."
We found out that God gave His presence to Moses.
When Moses was up in the Mount, God spoke to him,
and God was with him all through the wilderness
wanderings, leading and blessing and guiding, giving
him victory over his distresses and disappointment
and upsets. Moses endured, with wonderful peace and
humility, because God's presence was WITH him. That
was the difference between Mo ...
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