2/13/17 Fruitless without His Presence
“Why would you give what I have given you to those who choose not to hear, when there are so many people who are hungry for My Word? I have trained you to walk with wisdom. You have eaten at My table. I have given you My heart. I have whispered My secret longings to you in our intimate times together. Be careful what you do with them. Make sure that you share this wealth only with those who will not throw it down as yesterday’s laundry.
"You have been trained to walk and reason above the ways of the world. Stand until I tell you to move. Go only where I call you to go. You have been taught to move only for My reasons, in response to My heart, not by the needs that you encounter. You are My vessel of service. I have trained you and fed you from My hand. Nourish others when and where I tell you. I love you.”
Exodus 33:13-16 NIV
13) “If I have found favor in your eyes, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
14) The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
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?”
Luke 6:45-46 AMP
45) The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure [stored] in his heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks.
46) Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?
Luke 10:5-6 NIV
5) “When you enter a house, first say, ’Peace to this house.’
6) If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.”
Luke 10:10-11 NIV
10) “But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say,
11) ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you’…
Moses had the key to a powerful life. He would not do anything unless he was told to do it; and then, he knew that whatever he was told to do was fruitless unless the presence of God had gone before him.
Think of how many times we have gone running ahead of God and fell flat on our faces. Think of how much more peaceful our lives would be if we knew for sure that the Lord had sent us to a specific task, and that He had assured us that He was with us there. Nothing could sway us. We could remain for as long as the Lord asked us to be there without wavering, no matter what the circumstances might look like.
Teach me to listen first, and then wait until You have gone before me, Lord,