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March 22, 2021 8:00 am
It's been a while since God is real to you. Listen to Adrian Rogers, has God been laying on your heart somebody that you need to go to apologize to reconcile with has God been telling you is a relationship material that you need to break off young lady and get out of it. A young man that it is a long relationship as God was making yard and call you in the missions full-time Christian service has God been telling you to do something, go somewhere be something did something and you have said no you had a stiff neck menus. I wonder why God is not you will gotta be real to you will be stiffnecked if God gives you specific Revelation, God speaks to you about what I want you to do them. Welcome to the word finding true profound truth. Simply stated by Adrian Roger in Exodus 33 Moses has interceded for the nation of Israel.
In response, God promises his protection and provision. But he will not be with them. In part one of today's message Adrian Rogers began revealing for causes as to why God withdrew his presence from his people so that we can know how to enjoy the presence of God and even more importantly, how to stay in it. If you have your Bible, turned exit is chapter 33. Once again, here's Adrian Rogers.
What is the situation of a Jewish people, the sons of Abraham are out there in the wilderness God has given them a covenant that God has given them a promise and they headed toward the promised land in the middle of that journey.
They send out terribly against God. God says all right.
I promise that I will give you the land land that flows with milk and honey. I will give you an angel escort him to the land and when you get there. The land will flow with milk and honey got to him not going with you now.
That's right, to have success to have possessions that protection but not to have the presence of the Lord. I wonder if some of you who want to move the Lord God, and now the glory has departed, and that glory has faded and the glory of God is gone in your life is dry.
What caused God to withdraw his manifested presence from his people. I will mention four things. Those four things on the same four things that will rob you the new view of the manifested presence of God in your life and will be the archenemy of worship. Worship is enjoying the presence of God. What were these holdings what happened to Israel, where God said, well, not destroy them. I'll send an angel but I will not be in their midst. Number one they disobeyed God look if you're willing to Exodus 32 verses seven and eight.
Again, go back to it.
Exodus 32 and the Lord God said in the Moses go get the downfall by people which bowel broadest out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. Notice God calls them, Moses, your people now and notice verse eight. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them. I met many people about the salvation that I believe are true to say where they're living in direct disobedience to God and as a result of that they do not have the manifested presence of God not put this verse in your Bible John 14 verse 21 is one of the key verses and enjoying the presence of God not listen to it. Jesus said, he that hath my commandments, and keep with them. Is that loveth me about folks when people truly love God you don't see it. Just when they stand in the congregation and saying, oh how I love Jesus, but they obey him.
He that my commandments and keep them here is that loveth me and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father and watch this and I will love him and will walk manifest myself to him I would talk about the manifest presence of God. You see how the Bible links the manifest presence of God with keeping the commandments of God, because when we disobey God we grieve the Holy Spirit.
We quench the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit of God is in us to make God real Thomas and when we do that we might have eternal security. We might go to heaven. God might send an angel escort to bring us to heaven when we die, but would you settle for that, rather than the manifest presence of God.
Many Christians are a man came and talked to Special Agent Pastor I don't have any joy in the presence of God is not really my heart in my life like it used to be this wise pastor asking a direct question.
He said, is there any known sin in your life. Any unconfessed and repetitive sin in your life that man in the moment of honestly civil pastor limitations something he said I used to bring a tithe of my income.
I believe the word of God when the Bible teaches that would bring all the tithes into the storehouse reset some time ago I got the idea that perhaps God did need that is much as I needed and he said yes pastor I have ceased to be honest with God you what this pastor told him pastor said in what you've done. You began to steal from God.
He said so you would put your hand in the offering plate. Would you when the offering is passed, put your hand in the offering plate and take some money out that other people are given to God.
Would you steal from the offering plate. Malachi says when a man is not faithful stewardship is robbing God.
I said what you think God knows when his child is that when God sees his child willingly disobey him will God say this. My child has chosen to disobey me. Number one he stealing from me.
Number two. He cannot trust me to take care of his needs. He cannot trust me with his resources. Number three he will not obey me now. This week I think I will bless him with even more financial resources, and I will make my presence very real to him. You think God would do that. And God says I'm going to display myself.
I am going to give him a deeper sense of my presence and my proof. No know why because it was a man in willing disobedience. Almighty God now want to say something else you know it was that encourage these people to disobey God and lose the manifest presence of God.
It was a male who amen was. Aaron was a priest or religious leader.
I'm wanting something else. There will always be plenty of people who will give you a reason and excuse to disobey God and may even be a religious leader may lead you into an unscriptural marriage some immorality, some transgression of the commandments of God and this I will.
That's all I times of change and things are different, but I remind you one more time that Jesus is he that hath my commandments and keep her than he it is that loves me and he loves me should be loved of my father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him that if you want an angel escort and if you want to go to heaven without having the presence of God in your life that your business but I don't I will. The manifested presence of God in my life I need nothing more. I will settle for nothing less. So ask yourself this question of God is not real to you ask this question. Your heart have I rejected a direct command of God, am I right now living in disobedience to a known command of God. If you are there is no reason that I can think of and all of the Bible where you want to have a sense of the manifest presence of God. God loves you too much to manifest himself to you in glory and joy. And yet have you to live in disobedience because I cannot think of a worse lesson that he would teach you so question number one can I discern any direct disobedience to God by masking the next question that God is not real to you, and I discover any dividing devotion to God not only direct disobedience but dividing devotion look again in chapter 32 in verse four and he received them at their hand and fashioned it.
That is the golden calf with a grieving to after that he had made it a moping cath and they said the be thy God so Israel wanted these people.
They had divided devotion. They claim to be Israel, the word Israel means the people of God and yet they made a golden calf.
They made for themselves a God that was no bigger than their own imagination and then rather than trusting Almighty God. They began to trust the work of the hands. This was idolatry, as I've told you before that the Bible says when people make an idol he become like the First Amendment rolls the island in the idle moles. The man what is an idol and I was just a magnified center. A man just takes his own ideas and and puts them into the work of his hands and then he begins to worship it and what is written worshiping. Ultimately, therefore, is himself is a will, Adrian.
I'm not guilty of idolatry will his checkup and find out what you are not. Maybe there might be a golden calf in your life. What is an idol. Anything that you love more than God is an idol. What is an idol. Anything that you fear more than God's and I what is an idol. Anything that you serve more than God is an idol. Anything that you trust more than God is an idol.
Is there any direct disobedience. Is there any divided devotion.
Is this something that you love more fear, more serve more our trust more than Almighty God.
If there is no wonder God's presence is not real in your heart and in your life divided devotion if the glory of God is gone in your life. If God is not real. You asked this question, is there anyone or anything that takes precedence over God in your life you say why give God a place in my life got in one place in your life is a will I give God promise in my life. God despises promise in your life. God demands preeminence in your life he will take nothing less.
God's throne is not a duplex. Is there anything that is a greater controlling factor of your behavior. Is there a relationship that means more to you is a treasure that means more to you. Is there anything that gets more of your attention than Almighty God, then frame it should not come as a surprise to you that because of that golden calf in your life. God says I'm not going with you, but admits that I just won't any direct disobedience any divided devotion.
My wife knows that I love her with all my heart, which you know she second-place not first place in my life and she doesn't mind being second-place because she knows that when God is first place. I will love her with a love that I could never love her with if she were first place. My friend there certain relationships in your life that are wonderful relationships but can take the place of an undivided relationship.
Almighty God. Idolatry is the mother's and the father saying the sin of all of the sand's is 1/3 question that you might ask yourself if God is not real in your life if you do not have that manifested presence of God in worship is enjoying the presence of God. Do you certainly detect any displaced dependence direct disobedience divided devotion displaced dependence like if you will again in verses seven and eight the Lord said to Moses, go get the down fly people would stop brought us up out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way, which I commanded them they made them a molten calf. All right, there you have direct disobedience and divided devotion. I watch this and have worshiped it and sacrificed into and said please be thy God so Israel which you brought me up out of the land of Egypt.
Now they began to put their dependents in the work of the hands their ugly God that they made with their own hands and now no longer is there dependence upon Almighty God. That brought them through the Red Sea, built what happens when you do that when God gives you a victory and you give the glory to something else or someone else and then depend upon that, rather than the God who gave you the victory you going to lose the presence of God. You see, they took those earrings off their own ears. They took those bracelets off their own hands and with engraving to Meme to God and then they said that's our job. And that is what is delivering us God's a lot on the go with you tomorrow.
Not long ago when George Bush was president United States Carnation came up against what we thought was an implacable foe.
Saddam Hussein here lately. Basically saying any kind of war you cannot defend your life against the man who's not afraid to lose his in these fanatical Republican troops were marshaling for the visit more. I can remember staying up at night and watching CNN and watching those missiles fly me in those patriot missiles. I can remember this church after that happened I can tell you my dear friend that Sunday morning, I tended to seem to me was up 25% people across the land, they fill the churches of the land and they cried out to God, and there were prayer meetings, fasting and prayer single God would only get bogged down in the Middle East and some desert war in God. You know what could be germ warfare could be atomic warfare breakup in the Middle East where there shooting those missiles over the SCUD missiles into Israel, and Israel may retaliate with atomic bombs. It knows what it's all about to blow up right in our faith view memo those times have you forgotten my boys were going all that we were pregnant God's will God deliver us.
I would take something frame God answered prayer, view what happened as soon as desert storm is over. Rather than giving God the glory to you what we did, we begin to say bullish Schwarzkopf want a share, Impala. What a strategist, what about those patriot missiles. Ha ha ha ha ball.
We showed him didn't really we kick some you know what her all I kind of talk in a true I will tell you we fail to give God the glory we fail to have national revival. We fail to continue to follow God and love God and serve God, and since that time, our nation has gone down into a cesspool of rottenness and feel never since I've been preaching by seeing the nation take a nosedive like this nations taken since Desert Storm Meriden. We have a more glorious victory.
I don't believe God protect the people having mercy move into lost and let us get out of the mess like we got out of such blessings, then we made a golden calf. We should look what brought us Desert Storm just like they made a golden calf. They said these are gods that brought us out brought us through the Red Sea and they failed to give God the glory. I will tell you something precious.
We friend you listen to me daughter said I will not share my glory with another. When God gives you a blessing. And when God is good to you and God brings you through the storm and then you have that displaced dependence you began to give credit where credit is not doing fail to give God the glory. Is it any wonder that his presence is not a radio in your life. Is there any direct disobedience.
Is there any divided devotion. Is there any displaced dependence. One last question quickly. Is there any determined defiance.
Look, if you will, and exes chapter 32 in verse nine and the Lord said to Moses, I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff people. What does that mean stiffnecked is the opposite of being meek and pliable God was wanting to leave them like a force with a stiff neck, prayers, i.e. you will gotta be real to you know be stiffnecked if God gives you specific Revelation, God speaks to you about what he wants you to do them obey him as God told you there's somebody want you to witness to his God been laying somebody on your heart and you not witnessing that person want to God's not real you.
Has God been putting some impulse in your heart to serve in church brats to work in the preschool and nursery draft of a youth worker brats to serve in the kitchen which is at all to do that as a God been laying on your heart something I want you to give some sacrificial gift, not even to amoeba for the glory of God. Has God been laying on your heart somebody that you need to go to apologize to and reconcile with and make things right. Has God been telling you there is a relationship that you really do need to break off young lady and get out of it.
A young man that it is a wrong relationship has God been speaking the art and call you and omissions are full-time Christian service has God been telling you to do something, go somewhere be something get something and you have said no you had a stiff neck menus out when why God is not real to me.
I will I God says alright I'm going to kill him. Heaven, I will give you an angel escort all the way. But I'm not going in the midst.
Thank God Moses had enough sense to say nobody is a God of you will go with me. I go I am not going without the manifest presence of God in my life. What is singing songs no say no charge, no money, no worship is enjoying the presence of God is God real to you.
He wants to be real again. Jesus said, he that has my commandments and keeps them, it is that loves me and he loves me will be loved of my father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him, Lord Jesus be real to us.
Amen as you listen. Have you discovered any direct disobedience. Have you deserved any divided devotion.
Have you detected any displaced dependence. Have you displayed any determined defiance will these people found grace long ago and so may you as a child of God right now.
Why don't you say Lord Jesus, I want you to manifest yourself to me if I disobeyed you willingly forgive me Lord I love anything more than you from now you will be number one in my life, Lord, if I'm trusting the work of my own hands of my own ingenuity I quit it right now, Lord, if there's anything you want me to do. I'm available here. I am now Lord as I go, go with go with father I pray in the name of Jesus that you seal this to our hearts. Amen. If you've repented of going your own way and you have decided now to follow Jesus. We want to celebrate with you and invite you to our discovered Jesus page on the website you find answers there.
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