Moses and the presence of God

English: Border collie dog Deutsch: Border Col...

English: Border collie dog Deutsch: Border Collie Hund (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15&16

I am challenged by the thought that Moses was not prepared to move anywhere without God. He insisted on following the presence of God himself, saying, “If your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here”. He wasn’t satisfied just to make things up as he went, he was not content to keep on going and hope God would turn up at some point. The presence of God was so vital to Moses that unless the presence of God went with him he wouldn’t move, he wouldn’t just guess, he wouldn’t carry on. No matter what the pressure or the embarrassment – he was happy to wait for God.

This is mirrored in my collie dog Gemma. When I take her for a walk she is constantly checking to see where I am. Now and again I try to hide from her, it is very difficult, but if I manage it as soon as she realises she has lost me she comes charging through the undergrowth to find me again. She is not prepared to go anywhere unless I am walking with her, unless she is aware of my presence.

‘We need to pay a price to see God more clearly. Moses’ whole life groomed him to see God. His success as Israel’s leader depended entirely on his ability, moment by moment to perceive and follow the presence and voice of the Lord.’ Bill Johnson Face to Face with God p86

Am I prepared to pay the price to follow the presence and voice of God? Will I lay down everything at the call of His voice? Will I be prepared to wait on God again and again for as long as it takes? Does the desire for His presence bring tears to my eyes with longing? It is challenging to ask these questions. It is easy to be in a meeting full of habits and empty of presence where there are no risks and we are in control. It is easier to follow the clear loud voice of man than the small whisper of God we may have to wait for.

The presence of God is so special we should hold it in high esteem. We should give time to it, cultivate it and enjoy it. In his presence we are changed, set free and find our identity. In his presence we glimpse heaven, see eternal truths, experience revelation and receive dreams. In his presence we find unity, freedom and flow together. In His presence we receive healing, experience miracles, sense his breath, know his touch and laugh with joy. We should never ever undervalue the importance of the presence of God.

‘Moses was the great leader he was because he was not focused not personal success but on the God who could be known.  Moses preferred the wilderness with God to the Promised Land without God, a noble choice for sure’  Bill Johnson Face to Face with God p87

Today: How much of your daily life relies on the presence of God?

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The Golden Calf – doing2

God is bringing all of us to a place of rest and quite. I keep coming back to this point at the

English: Stream leading To Calf Hey reservoir

English: Stream leading To Calf Hey reservoir (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

minute 🙂

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. Psalm 23

You do not need to do because you lack nothing. You cannot persuade God by doing stuff to love you more, that you are worth his love, that your value is increased – He cannot possibly love you any more.

It is in those times of lying down, those still waters that a miracle will occur. You will come to know the truth about God’s unconditional love. Do I know this love in its fullness? – no I don’t , but I am hungry for more and open to learn where I am telling myself lies, or hiding hurts.

As a child I was born with a severe skin condition. My skin was sore, itchy, uncomfortable and the sores often got infected.  This meant my memories of childhood are full of sadness. I was called names at school – such as carrot peelings, I was picked on by teachers, I had trouble adapting as a teenager as my appearance was not beautiful and wherever I was I felt uncomfortable and embarrassed for looking like I did. God healed my skin 4/5 years ago – but inside I have a greater journey to go on. The affects of withdrawing, being picked on, feeling ashamed and rejecting myself is taking a while to work through. It is in the times of waiting before God that he shows me who I am, what I have taken on that isn’t of him, what he thinks of me, what memories still affect me today and much more.

I must admit that I was skeptical of all this heart healing stuff. Though it was for the softies, or perhaps the flaky Christians – but God has shown me how essential it is to my life in order for me to be saved – fully whole inside and out. How can I be ready to hold the presence of God in its fullness in revival if I am tender and cracked. We need to be vessels ready for Him. I want to know him more.

Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.  And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Ephesians 3:17-19 (NLT)

Re-tuning our hearts to heaven’s melody

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I would like to share a little about the purpose of the wilderness adventure and then a vision I had on Wednesday night in his presence.

 Purpose

When I was a child I thought that the wilderness was about having no food or water. A place of dryness, hunger and harsh testing. As I read all about the Children of Israel now I see a Father who provided water, food in love and who was calling his children to spend time with him to get to know him.  The wilderness is about a Father training his children and desiring heart change.

 “He didn’t bring us out of Egypt in order to camp out in the wilderness, but to take us into the promised land of ever-expanding life in the knowledge of him” Face to Face with God Bill Johnson

There is a saying God took his people out of Egypt but then had to take the Egypt out his people. The Children of Israel were so stuck in ways of slavery, oppression and captivity that they had a mind set that need changing. They needed to re-learn sonship, love, honour, trust, adventure etc.

 “The giving of the Law at Mount Sinai was intended to facilitate the process by which Israel would unlearn the thinking of Egypt and learn how to walk in their new identity as priests of the Lord. In describing what he required of them God was unveiling His holy and righteous nature, which they would need to emulate in order to walk in relationship with Him. ” Face to Face with God Bill Johnson

We, the church, for centuries have been on a journey of  increasing desire for freedom. With the move of the spirit 25 years ago hearts have changed and we have started to journey out of Egypt into a place of water and freshness, now God is retraining our thinking and understanding. For us, this adventure is not about where we are going, but about a Father training his children and sharing heart with them. It is about getting time out to see what is on the Father’s hear and learning to understand our relationship with Him.  It is about re-aligning our hearts up with the truths of heaven and re-tuning our voice to agree with what God says. It is a transformation of heart and mind and soul.

Vision

As a child we were shown videos about keeping healthy at school  which included investigations of a smokers lung full of tar and  the damaged kidney of an alcoholic. The organs were wrecked, full of gunk and not malleable. God showed me a picture of a heart that looked like these damaged organs . It was stiff and not able to function as it was created due to pollution, damage and lack of care. It was not able to love or to be loved as it was made to be. He then showed me the most beautiful hollow wooden oval encasing with one violin string. He talked to me about the process of re- aligning my heart to him. The fact that my heart has taken on lies and wrong ways of thinking. It has taken on pollutants of my thought life, habits and damaging situations. He wants to wash it all out with  his life waters and  bring a new way of being.

I have always loved lying in God’s presence and waiting for him. Although I don’t revel in the term soaking ( 🙂 ), I do think that the act of just resting in God’s presence is essential (especially during this season). It not only provides time of enjoying the Father’s love and deepening your relationship with him – it also provides time for God to re-align your heart, wash away pollution with His Spirit and repair damaged parts of you. This process cannot be rushed – it takes time.

I desire that my heart will become like a single violin string – re-tuned to heavens

Violin's heart

Violin’s heart (Photo credit: Ro’tten)

frequency. Free to move and respond with every touch. So in tune with God He need only breath and my heart with resonate with heavens song.  Free from distortion, pollution and damage. My heart will respond to his voice, vibrate with passion for Him and live for His glory. I am just one string – and I need you to make a fuller sound. He is re-aligning the heart of the church around the world to vibrate with the sound of heaven. As we all start to play the tunes from above we find we are playing the same music across the land and a global orchestra is born. The sound of those whose hearts sing heavens melody will fill the atmosphere, change the airspace until the whole world can hear heavens  song!

Starfish survival

In our life group this week Naomi brought this video to my attention . She said

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English: Large red starfish Gomphia gomphia from Komodo National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

it reminded her of what God is talking to us as children of God. We make mistakes and then want to hold on to things. We want to do what we think is best and we won’t let go.  We hold onto all the pain, unforgiveness, anger, fear and grief. All we need to do is let go, lie still, face up to heaven and call out to daddy. Just like the children learning new skills in the video we need to learn to rest in God’s love, breathing and surrendering ourselves without a struggle. We may not understand how strong his love is, or how we will stay afloat but we can trust the one who teaches us to the way to be still.

No longer striving to do, but resting in being loved.