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Why God might not go on your journey - Exodus 33:3



Exodus 33
1 The Lord said to Moses, “Lead these people you brought from Egypt to the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; for I said, ‘I will give this land to your descendants.’ 2 I will send an Angel before you to drive out the Canaanites, Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 3 It is a land ‘flowing with milk and honey’; but I will not travel among you, for you are a stubborn, unruly people, and I would be tempted to destroy you along the way.”

Even the chosen go astray.  God’s chosen people decided that they had had enough. They were tired of the desert experience; they were tired of doing as God commanded, they were tired of waiting for the land of milk and honey so they decided to do life on their own.  

These Scriptures are so relevant for our times today. God sets rules. We break them:

·       We say it’s fine for two men or two women to be married
·       We’re fine with redefining marriage and in the process the entire fabric of how a family was established by God
·       We’re fine with the degrading images our child see as entertainment
·       The list is endless...

Oh, and if people decide they will not worship the golden calf, they will be verbally stoned and ostracized.  Our country continues to redefine itself: equality for all, marriage with whoever suits your fancy.

Oh God, forgive us!

Even the religious are going along with the madness!  Even leaders go astray. Look at Aaron who succumbed to pressure. He pacified the crowd probably to save his own skin.  It’s not popular to destroy peoples’ personal happiness!  Why should we deny happiness to two men or two women who love each other? Anyone who opposes same sex marriage is an ogre, a horrible Christian.  The attempt is made to make us seem like we are judging and not loving.

But it’s just the opposite:
John 14:21
The one who loves Me will do the things I have commanded. My Father loves everyone who loves Me; and I will love you and reveal My heart, will, and nature to you. 

Refusing to go along with sin isn't the issue. Our love for others isn't the issue.

People refuse to understand that God makes the laws. We don’t.

I want God’s presence to go with me! I don’t want Him to reject me because I wanted to be part of golden calf festivities and the popular culture. 

Don’t be surprised when you stop sensing the presence of God in your life. He can decide not to go along.

Don’t find yourself alone in the land of milk and honey.



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Comfort

Psalm 119:76 Comfort me with your love, as you promised me, your servant.
Job 4:4 Your words have comforted those who fell, and you have strengthened those who could not stand.
Strength

Psalm 18:1 I love you, LORD. You give me strength.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
Psalm 118:14 The Lord gives me strength and a song. He has saved me.
Isaiah 40:29 The LORD gives strength to those who are weary.
Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your shelter, and his everlasting arms support you.
1 Corinthians 15:58 … don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith.
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Sin on the journey

Before I know it, sin drips from my mouth and floods my mind. Oh the struggle.
Romans 7:22-23 I love to do God’s will so far as my new nature is concerned; but there is something else deep within me, in my lower nature, that is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. In my mind I want to be God’s willing servant, but instead I find myself still enslaved to sin. So you see how it is: my new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this deadly lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by Jesus Christ our Lord. He has set me free. 
My current struggle is in not easily recognizing the extent of my sinfulness. I can easily preach it, but continuous righteous living eludes me.
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