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“When To Say No!”

After leading the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses had some incredible conversations with the Lord.  One of the most interesting to me is the following: “Moses said to the Lord, ‘You have been telling me, Lead these people, but you have not let me know whom You will send with me.’  You have said, ‘I know you by name and You have found favor with me.’  If You are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so I may know You and continue to find favor with You.  Remember, that this nation is Your people.”  The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  Then Moses said to Him, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:12-15).

We’ve heard God is Omnipresent, which means He is everywhere.  I totally believe that.  If that be true though, why would Moses say, “If Your Presence does not go with us….?”  Hang with me a bit as I try to untangle a web I may have just caused.  I do believe God IS EVERYWHERE.  However, we must remember He hates sin.  He hates it so much that He actually turned away from His Son dying the cross because all the sins of the world had been cast upon Jesus.  While God is “everywhere” He never participates or is involved in sin of any kind.  Here’s another reminder, even in our deepest sin, God has PROMISED us a way of escape.  Don’t forget that.

Moses basically said, “Lord, if You aren’t going to be there, I’m not going!”  Here’s my point.  When you decide to be with certain people, do certain things, or find privacy and engage in things you don’t want anyone to discover, God is not there.  You may sense or hear His voice of warning, but His Presence is never in the midst of violence, destruction, abuse of any kind, gossip, slander, bitterness, hatred and so many other things running rampant in our country today.  These are things we say NO too.

We can’t control the world.  The truth is, we can’t control another person.  Moses had learned, when he was in the Presence of God, the Presence of God was in him.  When we are experiencing God’s Presence in our personal lives, that’s when we make wise decisions, do right things and encourage rather than destroy others.  Without His Presence, we have no idea how far we may fall or to what extent we may do something.  My advice?  Let Christ into your life and as you enjoy His Presence, like Moses, He will be pleased with you.  Oh yeah, He said He knew Moses’ name.  He knows yours too!  Listen carefully as He may be calling you.

Pastor Carnes