There was a sensitivity with Moses that was and is, very rare, even today. He did not want to move forward in his ministry without the absolute assurance that the presence of God would be with him.
· “If Your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).
It is a very serious danger to assume we have the presence of God with us. Though we have the presence of God through the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can grieve and quench Him to the point that His will is rejected (Ephesians 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19). I have been in church settings where I knew the presence of God left because the Spirit was so deeply grieved. I cannot tell you how awful the sense of emptiness and horror that filled my heart in these occasions.
The confirmation of this warning is found in Jesus’ letter to the Ephesian church; “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent” (Revelation 2:5). The lampstand was a symbol of the presence of Christ and His light (truth).
How can we be assured of God’s presence and power through the Holy Spirit? Jesus ordered the disciples “not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). They waited in prayer and the Spirit came in power. If we make our human agendas more important than waiting in prayer, we will proceed with our ideas and miss His presence and power. Be like Moses and the disciples and dependently ask God for His presence. In most cases, this will require humble repentance from an independent heart. The spiritual integrity and blessing of your life and ministry demands that you be serious about this issue. What you do will affect the whole Church!
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