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Posted by Brandon Patton on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 9:14 AM

"If your Presence does not go with us, we don't want to go from here."

Exodus 33:15

When God commanded Moses to lead His people to a land of promise Moses responded, "If your Presence does not go with us, we don't want to go". They had His promise of blessing and success. They had His Word to guide them. But they wanted more than that. They wanted the Presence of God Himself. If God would not be in their midst and them be aware of His activity among them they didn't want to go. Isreal wanted the Presence of God by His Spirit. They had His Book but they wanted Him. David had the Law of God, but he longed for more than God's Word. He wanted the Presence of God Himself. "My soul thirsts for God, the living God." In the book of Acts the first church had enjoyed God's Book for a long time but they prayed and cried out for the Presence of God by His Spirit. If was not the Book that changed their lives and then their community, it was the manifest Presence of God working in them and through them that made such a huge difference. I was saved and then placed in a religious camp that focused on the Bible. We "camped" around the written Word. As I read that Word I realized that something was missing. It was the Presence of God. I asked why the Isrealites and the early church camped around the Presence of God, but we are content to live without it. Ask me if I love His Word. My most valuable treasure on this earth. But I need more than His Book. I need Him. We have erred greatly in this generation by being content with His love letters. We need to follow the example of Moses and tell Him that even though we have His promises and His Word we want Him. We want to experience His Presence in our lives. The Bible says of itself that apart from His Spirit the "letter killeth". The Word alone is not life giving. Only "the Spirit gives life". Don't be content to be His child, have His Book, be involved in His church or sing His songs. Be like Moses who said "if I can't experience your Presence by your Spirit I don't want to go". What was God's response to such a heart of desire? Ask Moses.

Father, I thank you for your Word, your blessings, your promises and your faithfulness to me. But I want to see your face and experience your Presence in my life.

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