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March 25, 2021 8:00 am
One we sometimes feel God is a distant idea rather than a close and loving father. Listen to Adrian Rogers why God is not real to many of you. Here's what Jesus our master said, listen to my commandments and keeps them is that loveth me watch this and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father and I will love him and will manifest myself don't get the idea that you can claim the promises without obeying the command. It just does not work that way.
Welcome to work finding featuring powerful lessons little insights from Adrian Rogers and exit is 33 God shined his glory on the face of Moses. But over time, Moses lost the glow you identify with that as Christians we are temples of God, the Lord lives and dwells within us. We are told to be salt and light, but many of us are not aware of the presence of God in our lives. How can we restore that glow that comes from a close relationship with him if you have your Bible turned exit this chapter 33 will begin in verse one is Adrian Rogers delivers part two of how to practice the presence of God some listing by radio. There was once a time when God was very real to you and you still go through the motions. I will what veiled is that you are wearing, which are still outwardly say yes Jesus is real and precious to me, but inwardly you know that you're hiding behind some kind of avail. Let me give you some steps to make God real to get the globe back what to do when the glow is gone.
Number one, there must be determination. There must be determination you must say God I will not take your blessings without you I don't want any Angel I need you determination number two preparation be ready in the morning I pray God, you will be ready in the morning I here's the third thing, determination, preparation, number three isolation look in verse three.
Chapter 34 verse three and no man shall come up with the batteries. Moses is just going to be you and me alone. If you study the history of people in the Bible been blessed and have therefore been a blessing.
These are people who met God in a place of isolation.
Abraham was alone in the Lord spoke to Abraham and gave him a great covenant. Daniel was alone when God spoke to him and gave him a prophecy always alone in Arabia where God gave him the epistles the great things that he wrote down for us in the book of Romans. Peter was alone on a rooftop when he had a vision and God spoke to Simon Peter up there about Cornelius and opening the door to the Gentiles job was alone on the Isle of Patmos on the Lord's day when God gave him the book of Revelation. Moses was alone in the wilderness when God gave them the 10 Commandments isolation, it must be there when you pray, enter into your closet and pray here's the next thing, if you will that conscious presence of God and that is expectation is now beginning in verse four and he that is Moses Q2 tables of stone like him to the first, why did he hear two tables of stone what I expected Todd to give them something to put on them, and Moses rose up early in the morning and went up into Mount Sinai as the Lord had commanded him and he took in his hand.
The two tables of stone, and the Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there and proclaimed the name of the Lord and the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children upon the children's children, unto the third.
Enter the fourth generation. Moses went up there to find out something from God and he got a revelation God spoke to Moses and God said to Moses, I'm going to give you something I want to be prepared to take it down. Take with you to blank tablets. I wonder when you have a quiet time.
Are you expecting God to give you something. I mean, when you open the word of God you expect to learn this expectation that God is going to speak to you Julie, you two tablets of stone. Whether you don't do that go down to Walgreens to get a notebook and be prepared for God to speak to you Matt, here's the after that expectation that comes that adoration is a God spoke to Moses, God gave Moses almost incredible concise revelations of his nature and character you say.
Well I already knew that.
You know why you know it goes God gave Moses and Moses recorded it. You didn't think it. I mean, this is heavy duty stuff. But now, when Moses has this revelation. What does he do look in verse eight and Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth and worship, adoration, now on the basis of proof he worsens.
We worship God. How in spirit and improve real worship is intelligent worship based on the revealed word of God.
Are you ready to receive the word of God. You know James is way to receive the word with meekness, and that means we to humble ourselves and welcome the word of God. The reason that many of us don't receive more from the Bible than we do is, the Bible says Jesus said that God is hidden these things from the wise and prudent, he revealed them unto babes.
If you come to the Bible as a know it all. You not going to get much.
You just have to receive groups with a humble heart as you adore and worship the Lord now next. Listen to this after he comes and gets this so Revelation and he has this adoration, then there comes this intercession. Notice in verse nine. Now he's ready to pray for others and he says in verse nine and he said if now I found grace in thy sight, Lord, let my Lord, I pray the go among us, for it is a stiff neck people when he says let my Lord go among us.
He saying, Lord, I want your presence for you is a stiffnecked people and pardon our iniquity and our sin and take us for thine inheritance. What's he doing this is called intercession. He's praying for the what you see. His intercession is based on revelation and adoration. I mean he comes with expectation gets Revelation gives an adoration and then he gives an intercession he begins to pray for other people. How many times we pray for other people and we really don't know how to pray because we don't pray on the basis of proof, but notice what engendered him to pray this way. Look in verse six and the Lord passed by before him and proclaimed the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in mercy and goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin is okay I got it. Now I know I can't, God, you are now Lord, these folks in the mess know God. They need you. And now he begins to plead for them and pray for them and intercede by me to stop insightful moment. Should you intercede for what I'll try to missing for everybody. If you try to intercede for everybody.
You limit the proceeding for nobody to become such an onerous task and become so big that you just say well I'm frustrated. I don't pray for what, pray for God will give you an assignment in prayer.
If you're walking in the spirit God will speak to you, Moses said, Lord, forgive this people even pray for all the people on earth. He had those people that were around him.
These were his responsibility. Your children are your responsibility. My children are my responsibility to remember that the parable that Jesus gave about the man wanted some bread and he woke up his neighbor and he said a friend is come to me in his journey. I have nothing to set before him and what our Lord was talking about. There was intercession and he was not on metaphysical bread and the meaning of the parable, but I need truth for this man. I need the Holy Spirit. He says how much more shall God give the Holy Spirit to them that ask and that's the purpose of that parable. What I'm trying to say he was this that when you are in the spirit. When God is speaking to you.
God will lay upon your heart and nobody else can do this but don't do this, and sometimes I say this not to feel funny when I say it because people sometimes glibly say to me sometimes perfect strangers. I'll be preaching sometime stand on the front. Maybe in a Bible conference shaking hands is about to come by and say I was also zones open on your prayer list. I was it out loud.
But I say fat chance he's old for you so unspiritual know I'm not. I mean if I would put everybody on my prayer list. The glibly estimated begin with prayer list. I would be able pray for those assignments that God gives me to pray now generally ferments at the mill in your prayer list. I'll say less display right now, stop right now. Pray for nothing against prayer books, I'll take something if your own advice prayer list.
Your blessed did you know that you don't baptize people meet me and that they say to me. I know they mean pastor I pray for you everyday. First is my friend. Nothing about. I pray for you every day, listen then about 6 billion people on this earth. If somebody is praying for you regularly. Your blessed you are blessed and God gives us assignments people and things will pray for these were Moses people. He was the commander-in-chief, and now he is having that time, where he intercedes for them, but is not finished yet, he will. The presence of God. Moses that I'm not going into Canaan. Without it, adoration, intercession, and then look in verses 10 and 11 observation. Look, if you will now and he said, behold, I make a covenant before all thy people, I will do marbles such as I've not done in all the earth, nor for any nation and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord, for it is a terrible thing that I will do with the nobody says a terrible thing.
What he means is it is going to be terrifying to those round about you when they see the mighty hand that I have for you the power over you and then look in verse 11, servile that which I command thee this day. Now when he says observe. He doesn't mean to look means to obey observation here means to obey to keep the commandments notice, observe that which I command thee this day, behold, I will drive out before the the Amorite and the Canaanite in the Hittites and the parasite and they abide in the Jebusites, expecting to say in the termite and I'm I want to drive all these out, you will obey me. Now, folks. This is one of the most important points right here that I had to say to you. I'm almost finished. This really gets down to the crux of the matter and all the rest of it will kind of unravel. If you don't understand this part. When God speaks to you when you have this determination. When you have this preparation.
When you have this isolation when you have this expectation when you have this adoration when you have this intercession. If you do not then began to live what God shows you none of the rest of it works. You got to obey. Sorry about that folks put a stroke.
Not really sorry about it but I'm I just like on agency dissolution don't get the idea that you can claim the promises without obeying the commandments. It just does not work that way you know why God is not real to many of you the minibus when we give it to you. John 14 verse 21.
Put it down and listen to it. Here's what Jesus our master said, listen to he that hath my commandments and and I know the next word and keep it even has my commandments and keep with them. That's observation. He that hath my commandments and keeps them, he is that loveth me not friend if you are not obeying the commandments of Jesus. You always shut your mouth when the church stands up and sings oh how I love Jesus. You're telling a lie. He that hath my commandments and keeps them here is that loveth me watch this and he that loveth me shall be loved of my father and I will love him away. Listen and will manifest myself to him as very very important were talking about the manifest presence of Jesus the Lord says you want me to be real to you. If you want to know why I'm not real to you because you don't let me. How do you know Lord I don't like you because you don't keep my word.
What I did love you. Would I keep your word. Yes, you would and what would happen if I kept your word.
I'd be very real to you, I would manifest myself to you. If Jesus Christ is not real to you. Get his word keep his word and see what happens. See what happens, he will manifest himself to you.
Observation and last of all transformation look you will now let's just fast-forward to verses 29 through 35 and see what happened and it came to pass, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of testimony in Moses hand when he came down from the mountain Moses wrist.
Not that is, he did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him, and when Aaron and the children of Israel saw Moses Creole the skin of his face shone and they were afraid to come nigh him and Moses called on to them and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returning to him and Moses talk with them and afterward all the children of Israel came and he gave them an commandment all that the Lord had spoken with him and Mount Sinai and until Moses had done speaking with them to put a veil over his face.
His face was so bright they could look on it it it was frightening to verse 34 and when Moses went before the Lord to speak with him. He took the veil all until he came out and he came out and spake of the children of Israel, that which he was commanded and the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the scanner Moses face shone and Moses took the veil upon his face again until he went in to speak with him as very interesting what it happened is that Moses is spending so much time with the Lord face-to-face that Moses face begins to shine as reflection of the Shekinah glory of God. You know my fireplace. I have a poker I can take that poker just kind of poke around in the fire and put it back and it'll hardly be hot but I can take that poker. If there's a roaring fire and put that poker in the fireplace and leave it in there long enough they know will happen, and begin to glow because not only will the poker be in the fire. The fire will be in the poker you spend enough time in the presence of God. The presence of God gets into you. Not only are you there, the presence of God. The presence of God gets in you and is Moses as they are beholding the glory of the Lord, Lord, the Lord is infusing itself and to Moses and Moses is transformed was a pastor. That's Old Testament yeah that's true. So much during New Testament I'm finished now just a moment return. If you will to second Corinthians chapter 3.
This is worth looking at. Because I want you to see how what we're talking about applies to you in New Testament times. In second Corinthians chapter 3 let's look in verses seven and eight. But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, was glorious, he say it when God gave Moses the Old Testament, 10 Commandments, if that was glorious.
Those 10 commandments that really brought death that we didn't keep them so the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance, which glory was to be done away is that it ultimately faded this what he says. How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious. That means more glorious. What he saying is look Moses going up their own Mount Sinai to get the 10 Commandments, which only ministered if his face shone about us now have the ministration of the spirit shall not be rather more glorious now, skip on down verses 17 and 18 now the Lord is that spirit and with the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord now is talk about us, not Moses are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the spirit of the Lord, why does God want us to worship him is got a little insecure me. Does he have to be constantly pumped up his God. A celestial egotist that Jack can't tell you how great he is. Listen, friend, all your praise put together that make him 1 ounce more glorious is more than depend upon the he had that glory before the world ever begin we don't add to his glory. Why does he want us to worship him because what worship does for us because when we behold him. We changed into the same image from glory to glory, and the way to be like him is to see him and worship him and praise him and then your changed. You made like him, you know, you become like what you spend time with my precious wife is down, the people say when husband-wife lived together for a long enough time they begin to look like one another. Frankly, Joyce is getting concerned. This is spend time with him looking into the mirror of God's word and you see a map marrow you see yourself and you see Jesus and at the same time and then you and Jesus began to be alike. You changed from glory to glory what he saying is of Moses in the Old Testament spent time going up their own Mount Sinai to get the 10 Commandments. How much more will we be change as we look into the face of our Lord through his word.
That's the presence of the Lord focus be ready in the morning. Father I pray that you will love. Help us to learn how to practice your presence Lord not to be satisfied with eternal life and eternal security not to be satisfied with the care of angels not to be satisfied with homes in clothes and food and friends not to be satisfied with a great church or anything else. If we don't have your conscious presence in our lives, Lord, may there be that determination in our hearts in the name of Jesus I pray I pray Lord before these people for myself and speak and work in my heart and in our hearts in the name of Jesus will if you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus or you want to learn more about how to follow him fully with a whole heart. We loved offering insightful resource on the website. It's Eric discovered Jesus page you'll find answers there. You may need about your faith.
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